Moving to Venus

Posted on Feb 22, 2007

Planet Sun and Planet Solaris are now running the Venus branch of Planet. Thanks to Sam Ruby and friends for good work.

This improves the reliability of the sites significantly. Planet Sun in particular had been suffering a lot as a result of having a little over two thousand feeds. The architecture of the original Planet implementation required the cache for each of those to be open at the same time and a large memory footprint.

A couple of things are lost though:

  • no abbreviated HTML or RSS feeds,
  • no categorised or filtered HTML or RSS feeds.

Reviewing the statistics suggests that these were not heavily used, so I hope no-one is too upset. Redirects are in place to try and ease the transition.

The (new) atom feeds should probably be preferred to RSS 1.0 or 2.0.