While doing some surfing the other night, I came across a really neat site called the “Uptime Project”, where members “compete” by basically seeing who can keep their servers running the longest without a reboot.
From their web site:
The Uptime-Project is a Fun-Project. Using our service you can collect all your uptime-data (your computer’s uptime) and compete against other users.
I decided to sign up for fun with one of our custom-built (dual Xeon) Linux development servers. We debuted within the top 50 (out of nearly 12,000 registered servers). Here is a screen shot (via SSH) of our current uptime on that box:
495 days, or, 1 year and 130 days. Not bad! At least, I thought so, until I saw the guy sitting at number one. His SunOS box has been running non-stop for over six (6) years! Madness!
The downside to all that uptime, though, are the obvious security issues … surely at some point, you’d need to upgrade the kernel and do a reboot. The top guy is basically running a six year old operating system. That is the equivalent of running Windows ’98 on your desktop here in 2006.
Check ’em out at: www.uptime-project.net
BTW, that hostname is “rampage” – a nod to my old Army unit (3d Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment … the Rampage battalion!) If you are curious, the specs on Rampage are: