I've finally decided I need to upgrade ted, the server that runs axkit.org and a bunch of other sites. It's running Mandrake Linux 7.0, but with a whole bunch of personally installed software. Sadly there are no longer any security updates for 7.0. I'm not entirely sure what my upgrade strategy should be. I sort of wish there was something like apt, where I could just upgrade automatically. I tried changing my version number in
So what I think I need to do is recommission an old server (all my other machines are laptops, and in-use or useless), and get that setup with all the sites, email, dns, etc, and swap them over. Then do the upgrade offline, then get all those services back in place, then switch back again. Needless to say I'm extremely nervous about all of this. Any suggestions or war stories most welcome.