New website and official repo coming up, tell us what you think

Published on 15 September 2017

We at Balabit are and have always been both very excited and humbled by the community that formed around syslog-ng over the past two decades. Many of you have been a part of this long journey and helped syslog-ng to get to where it is today, and we thank you for that.

Throughout the years, we provided a best-in-class documentation not just for our commercial offerings but for syslog-ng Open Source Edition as well. However, for the past half decade official binaries existed only for syslog-ng Premium Edition.

Soon, this will change.

We will introduce a brand new website for all that is syslog-ng, and with that will come an official syslog-ng OSE repository with binaries for some of the most popular Linux distributions. We expect to launch in November, moving content for both OSE and its commercial versions to the site to become a single hub for all syslog-ng users.

The official syslog-ng OSE repository will be just a part (although a major one) of a comprehensive overhaul of our OSE related content providing platform. We will provide regular technical webinars and trainings for syslog-ng OSE users, more blogs on practical tips & tricks, common use cases, etc. We plan to channel all syslog-ng related discussion into a forum on the new site, although this will take some more time. And we already started putting in more resources into the development of the Open Source Edition.

This is a major commitment on our side to the community, and we know that it is the right move. However, we haven’t quite decided on the implementation yet, and we are looking for your feedback on this. This is a serious business decision and ultimately all stakeholders (we as a company and you as a member of the community) have to benefit from this move, otherwise there is no reason to do it.

We are listing all these so you can see the bigger picture before we present you the question: Would you register on the upcoming syslog-ng website to get access to the official repository and the aforementioned content?

What would you gain if you registered?

  • Access to a repository containing the latest syslog-ng packages
  • Alerts, announcements and news about the syslog-ng releases
  • Regular news about syslog-ng related content to help you better solve problems with syslog-ng (blog posts, tutorials, interesting use cases about problems that others solved with syslog-ng, and so on)

What would we gain if you registered?

  • First and foremost, we would get information immensely useful for us to optimize our development resources. How many of you use the repositories, which versions of syslog-ng you use, which platforms are the most important, which ones you do not use anymore, and so on. Unfortunately, we cannot get such data if you use external repositories (like the current unofficial ones), or if you install syslog-ng from your distribution.
  • Information about in which countries are hubs of syslog-ng users, for example, where could we organize meetups most successfully, or participate in local conferences to strengthen the community.
  • The ability to send you information about syslog-ng, both to help you learn about the possibilities of syslog-ng, and also to let you know about our commercial offerings. We know that some of you won’t be interested in anything commercial, and that’s fine. But to keep syslog-ng alive, we also need the support of those who do. We believe that registering on the new website and receiving the occasional email from us is a small favor to ask in return of the convenience of having access to a official repository with up-to-date packages, and we will strive to send you emails with useful content.

Please let us know what you think using this short Google Form.

by Hunor Voith

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