[clug] Free Ebook Foundation
bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Mon Apr 27 10:34:45 UTC 2020
On 27/4/20 9:11 am, steve jenkin via linux wrote:
> Stumbled on this site hosted on github.
> It seems to be a Big List of URL’s - at least it’s curated in some fashion.
> I’ve concerns over the quality - what gets something on or off the list?
Interesting, I hadn't seen this before.
They are asking for volunteers - so volunteer?
> And also over security - this is a targeted list for hackers.
Not sure if that's a question or an observation?
> A bigger concern for me is ‘deadlinks’ and orphaned pages and sites.
> These can happen for any number of reasons, most beyond the control of the author.
Tracking and fixing deadlinks is a solved problem.
> In my quick scan, I didn’t see anything about their scanning and link updating process.
> There’s a larger problem of good works disappearing. I understand they aren’t trying to clone every resource - that’d be too expensive in storage, downloads and IO on github for a small operation to afford.
> One of the problems I regularly face is trying to track down the contents of old links.
> Often ‘archive.org’ has a copy, but it turns out to be spotty and erratic for me. Sometimes I find copies squirrelled away elsewhere.
> Which is better than nothing and for something I’ve never paid for, better than I could reasonably expect :)
> Does anyone have an idea of how a reliable free archive might be created to conserve important docs?
Project Gutenberg and the Wayback Machine etc. might have some ideas
on how to do that. Or are you after something different?
Note that there is no such thing as free (as in beer) - someone has
to pay for it - even if they choose to then make it freely available,
it still ain't free.
Not sure if I have been much help,
Stay safe and well,
> Is it as ’simple’ as storing MD5 or SHA1’s of downloaded materials and being able to respond if someone ever requests them? That implies a database and a request list and a repo for uploads.
> I’ve included a relevant link to an intro to the Command Line - there’s a lack of material for getting started in Unix/ Linux.
> I’m sure the collective wisdom of the group has better, newer pages to recommend.
> steve jenkin
As to "
> Free Ebook Foundation
> List of Free Learning Resources
> List of English resources
> An Introduction to Unix
> Security Engineering, Ross Anderson
> Steve Jenkin, IT Systems and Design
> 0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
> PO Box 38, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA
> mailto:sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au http://members.tip.net.au/~sjenkin
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