Quimby is a machine donated by Net Fonds ASA, a Norwegian stock brokerage firm. Net connectivity is also supplied and paid for by them. They can not be blamed for any of the contents of this server.

Quimby is located in Norway.

Totally mal apropos, here's a quotation from L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz:

"Tell me something about yourself, and the country you came from," said the Scarecrow. So she told him all about Kansas, and how gray everything was there, and how the cyclone had carried her to this queer Land of Oz. The Scarecrow listened carefully, and said,

"I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas."

"That is because you have no brains," answered the girl. "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."

The Scarecrow sighed.

"Of course I cannot understand it," he said. "If your heads were stuffed with straw, like mine, you would probably all live in the beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all. It is fortunate for Kansas that you have brains."

Quimby is one of the extensive, if eclectic, family of computers employed at the Gnus Towers.

Quimby is a P166. It is our face outwards, and services the community with http, smtp, ftp, cvs and nntp.
Corrigan is a K6 used as a diskless X terminal.
Sparky is a portable PII, and is where Gnus is being written. It's so darn difficult to balance a full-sized computer on my lap, I find.
Quimbies is the work horse in the family -- a dual PII with lots of hz and stuff.
Rusty is a 486 that does backup and firewall duties.
Rocket-Sam is a poor, old 386 PS/2 that spends much of its time sleeping these days, but is where Gnus was developed 1994-1996.

These machines all run GNU/Linux, except Quimby, which runs OpenBSD.

DNS hosting of the gnus.org domain, as well as American mirror of the Gnus web site and other things, is provided by Jason R. Mastaler.

All inquiries regarding the Gnus Towers and the services provided should be sent to the Gnus Towers.

1999-09-27 00:08:14