I happened to come across this message posted in July from someone who ran a popular Arch mirror for 4 years:
This mirror will shut down in the upcoming days.
Few funny facts:
* We never got contacted by anyone before we got added in the official mirror list. We just posted this thread and all of the sudden it appeared. No verification of whom we were and what our intension were.
* ArchLinux is fundamentally unscalable in the package manager aspect.
* ArchLinux puts the trust in the hands of every mirror owner and their security. ftp.archlinux.se is the prime example of a machine vulnerable to all sorts of things. This affect YOUR security. This is why it’s being put down. If the ArchLinux authors would start signing packages this would not be a risk to you.
* We posted a suggestion of this in 2006. http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/5331 — This is 4 years of insecurity.
* We recommend all of you to switch to a distribution caring about user security and atleast signs their packages. Most RPM and APT based distros does this (Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, CentOS, SuSE, OpenSuSE, etc etc etc).
Have fun. :-)
Of course the moderators closed the thread and moved it to the troll bin for what was said there. Then Mikael wrote in another thread :
Just noticed that the forum admin/moderator “Misfit138” moved a thread which we started 2006-08-31 to the “Dust/troll-bin” area. smile
This after hosting several TB of data to the community, and then speaking our minds and telling some perhaps stinging facts.
What kind of a community is that.
Thread located @ http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=24666
As always, yours,
which was also moved to the troll bin. It seems the Arch moderators REALLY don’t like anyone discussing Arch’s security issues.
Of all the things about Arch, I have always found the forum the most disappointing. It is over-moderated to a ridiculous extent – looking through the troll bin I have to think “Why was this thread closed?” again and again. And the attitude toward newbies is ugly. There are some helpful people in the Arch community, but the forum as it stands is not worthy of that community.
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