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11    
12 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Project News</h3></center>
13 tdb 1.41
14     <p align="justify">
15 tdb 1.45 <b>Tuesday 15 July 2003</b><br><br>
16     We have moved the i-scream support and bug tracking to a new
17     facility on the i-scream server. For further details please
18     see <a href="/support.shtml">this</a> page.
19     </p>
20    
21     <p align="justify">
22 tdb 1.41 <b>Sunday 8 June 2003</b><br><br>
23     The i-scream website, email, and cvs facilities are now all
24 tdb 1.42 run from a <a href="http://www.freebsd.org">FreeBSD</a> server.<br>
25 tdb 1.41 <a href="http://www.freebsd.org">
26 tdb 1.43 <img src="/powerlogo.gif" width="171" height="64" border="0" alt="Powered By FreeBSD">
27 tdb 1.41 </a>
28     </p>
29 tdb 1.45
30 tdb 1.39 <p align="justify">
31     <b>Wednesday 7 May 2003</b><br><br>
32 tdb 1.40 We've <a href="http://www.freshmeat.net/projects/libstatgrab">
33 tdb 1.39 released</a> libstatgrab 0.4 as an individual product. You can
34     download it <a href="http://snapshots.i-scream.org/libstatgrab">
35     here</a>. This release is functionally complete, but lacks
36     documentation. We hope to rectify this in the next release.
37     </p>
38 tdb 1.28
39 tdb 1.36 <p align="justify">
40     <b>Tuesday 4 February 2003</b><br><br>
41     Over the coming week we will be making snapshot builds of the
42     i-scream central monitoring system from the CVS repository.
43     These builds will have quite a few changes from the downloads
44     currently available (a document detailing them will be
45     released later on), so please give them a whirl. We would be
46 tdb 1.38 grateful if you <a href="mailto:dev@i-scream.org">contacted</a>
47 tdb 1.36 us with any questions or bugs.<br><br>
48     The downloads will be available on our snapshot server :-<br>
49 tdb 1.38 <a href="http://snapshots.i-scream.org/">
50     http://snapshots.i-scream.org/</a>.
51 tdb 1.36 </p>
52    
53 tdb 1.28 <p align="justify">
54 tdb 1.31 <b>Saturday 1 June 2002</b><br><br>
55     Work has now been finished on a new ihost written in C. This has
56 tdb 1.32 been in the pipeline for a long time, and we're glad to finally
57     see an efficient native host! Credit goes to our new developer
58 tdb 1.31 <a href="/who.shtml">Pete</a>. Until we update the downloads
59     pages you can download the new ihost
60 tdb 1.38 <a href="http://snapshots.i-scream.org/ihost/">
61 tdb 1.31 here</a>.
62     </p>
63    
64     <p align="justify">
65     <b>Tuesday 21 May 2002</b><br><br>
66     We've finally put the finishing touches to the new
67     <a href="http://rrdtool.eu.org">RRDtool</a> based graphing system.
68     It's working well, and has done away with the MySQL database
69     backend which took up far too many resources. This new system
70     generates the graphs in a more realtime nature, allowing more
71     flexible graphs to be generated. This is currently only available
72 tdb 1.38 through <a href="http://cvs.i-scream.org/cms/source/reports/rrdgraphing/">
73 tdb 1.31 CVS</a>.
74     </p>
75    
76     <p align="justify">
77     <b>Saturday 18 May 2002</b><br><br>
78     The i-scream central monitoring system is now <a href="/license.shtml">
79 tdb 1.33 licensed</a> under the GNU Public License. We are currently working
80 tdb 1.31 to make full downloads, including source, available on this site.
81     </p>
82    
83     <p align="justify">
84 tdb 1.28 <b>Thursday 7 Feb 2002</b><br><br>
85 tdb 1.30 The alerting section of the i-scream central monitoring system
86     now makes full use of an externally developed IRC bot for it's IRC
87 tdb 1.28 connectivity. To find out more about this IRC bot, please visit
88 tdb 1.29 the author's website at <a href="http://www.jibble.org">
89 tdb 1.28 http://www.jibble.org</a>.
90     </p>
91    
92     <p align="justify">
93     <b>Tuesday 8 Jan 2002</b><br><br>
94     Java ACL (Access Control List) code has been added to the util
95     package of the i-scream server. This code will ultimately allow
96     the server to be more secure when exposed to the Internet. More
97 tdb 1.38 details can be found <a href="http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/people/staff/tdb/#acl">
98 tdb 1.29 here</a> on the author's website.
99 tdb 1.28 </p>
100    
101     <p>&nbsp;</p>
102     <center><h3>About i-scream</h3></center>
103    
104     <p align="justify">
105     <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-alerter-email.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
106     Details of the i-scream central monitoring system can be found
107     on the <b><a href="features.shtml">features and overview</a></b> page.
108     A variety of <b><a href="screenshots">screen shots</a></b> from the
109     system show some of the key features in use. The <b><a href="reports">reports demo</a></b>
110     page provides a static example of what the i-scream reports (alerts,
111     historical graphs, and live data) could look like on a production system.
112     </p>
113    
114 tdb 1.1 <p align="justify">
115 tdb 1.28 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-main.gif" width="100" height="107" align="right"></a>
116     The latest source code is available in the <b><a href="cvs.shtml">CVS</a></b>
117     repository, with binary downloads on the downloads page. The
118     <b><a href="documentation">documentation</a></b> page has details of
119     installation, use and maintenance for the end user and developer.
120     We value feedback and comments from you, so please drop us an e-mail
121 tdb 1.38 to <a href="mailto:dev@i-scream.org">dev@i-scream.org</a>.
122 pjm2 1.5 </p>
123 tdb 1.28
124     <p>&nbsp;</p>
125     <center><h3>Current Work</h3></center>
126    
127 pjm2 1.5 <p align="justify">
128 tdb 1.31 <b>Extending monitoring facilites</b><br><br>
129 tdb 1.28 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-load15.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
130 tdb 1.31 Work is continuing, in conjunction with the new ihost, to extend
131     the range of i-scream's monitoring. Currently we are adding new
132     features to more accurately monitoring memory and swap usage,
133     along with more disk statistics. We are also planning to improve
134     the rather basic service monitors which are currently in place.
135 tdb 1.32 There are also many more subtle changes that need to be made to
136     improve the reliability and usefulness of i-scream's monitoring.
137 pjm2 1.11 </p>
138 tdb 1.31
139 pjm2 1.7 <p align="justify">
140 tdb 1.28 <b>Server security</b><br><br>
141     Security was something mostly overlooked in the original stage
142     of this project (due to the academic nature of the work). However,
143     once in production use this has become an issue, and is being
144     addressed. Initially the plan is to lock down the external points
145     of access (TCP & UDP) in the server to specific hosts. In the
146     longer term, encryption of data would be nice, but would take a
147     lot more time and work.
148 tdb 1.1 </p>
149 tdb 1.9
150     <p align="justify">
151 tdb 1.28 <b>Testing and Development</b><br><br>
152     <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-winhost-main.gif" width="100" height="62" align="right"></a>
153     The i-scream system is being tested and developed within the
154     Univeristy of Kent Computer Science department by the Systems
155     Group. This has led to many bug fixes and minor feature
156     enhancements, and will hopefully help to aid the long term
157     development of the system.
158 tdb 1.9 </p>
159 tdb 1.28
160 tdb 1.1 <p>&nbsp;</p>
161 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Project History</h3></center>
162 tdb 1.1
163     <p align="justify">
164 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-latest-misc.gif" width="100" height="104" align="left"></a>
165 pjm2 1.14 The i-scream Distributed Central Monitoring System started off as
166 tdb 1.38 a final year project for a group of <a href="http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk">
167     Computer Science</a> students at the <a href="http://www.kent.ac.uk">
168 tdb 1.28 University of Kent at Canterbury</a>, UK. The project was completed at
169     4pm on 29 March 2001. It consisted of five lever-arch folders containing
170     mostly source code and documentation. The CVS repository was tagged to
171     signify this even, however, the project is still being developed by the
172     <a href="acknowledgements.shtml">core development team</a>.
173 tdb 1.6 </p>
174    
175     <p align="justify">
176 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-ihost-main.gif" width="100" height="51" align="right"></a>
177 tdb 1.18 As can be seen in our &quot;<a href="/probdomain.shtml">problem domain</a>&quot; document, the project
178 tdb 1.6 was aimed at the UKC Computer Science department, and as such
179 pjm2 1.22 we believed that a demonstration to the &quot;customer&quot; was important. The
180 pjm2 1.12 feedback from our demonstation was more positive than we had
181 tdb 1.27 anticipated. We believe that the system may now be of interest
182     to anybody who wishes to monitor a number of machines on their
183     network using a central configuration. The i-scream central
184     monitoring system is now being used by the UKC Computer Science
185     department, and their feedback is being used to further improve
186     the product.
187 tdb 1.1 </p>
188    
189     <p align="justify">
190 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-config.gif" width="100" height="48" align="left"></a>
191 pjm2 1.14 The name <i>i-scream</i> arose from a meeting whereupon one member
192     of the <a href="acknowledgements.shtml">development team</a> felt a strange urge to draw an ice cream on the discussion board.
193 tdb 1.1 It later became apparent that we had no name for our project (other
194     than 'The Project'). It seemed only natural to name our project after
195     the ice cream that had been oh-so-randomly drawn on the white board.
196     Copyright issues immediately ruled out anything involving Mr Whippy,
197 pjm2 1.14 so we had to settle for <i>i-scream</i>. And thus, we were left with a cunning
198 tdb 1.1 play on words - it still sounded like <i>ice cream</i>, yet also
199 tdb 1.26 served as a functional description of our system - namely, one which
200 tdb 1.1 screams at somebody if something has gone wrong...
201     </p>
202     <p align="justify">
203 tdb 1.23
204 tdb 1.24 <p>&nbsp;</p>
205 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Searching i-scream</h3></center>
206 tdb 1.24
207 tdb 1.23 <!-- Search Google -->
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209 tdb 1.28 <FORM method=GET action=http://www.google.com/custom>
210     <TABLE bgcolor=#FFFFFF cellspacing=0 border=0>
211     <tr>
212     <td valign="middle">
213     <A HREF=http://www.google.com/search>
214     <IMG SRC=http://www.google.com/logos/Logo_40wht.gif border=0 ALT=Google align=middle width="128" height="53"></A>
215     </td>
216     <td valign="middle">
217 tdb 1.44 <input type=hidden name=domains value="i-scream.org;i-scream.org.uk">
218 tdb 1.38 <input type=hidden name=sitesearch value="i-scream.org">
219 tdb 1.28 <INPUT TYPE=text name=q size=35 maxlength=255 value="">
220     <INPUT type=submit name=sa VALUE="Search">
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223     </tr>
224     </TABLE>
225     </FORM>
226 tdb 1.23 </center>
227     <!-- Search Google -->
228    
229 tdb 1.1 </p>
230     </font>
231     </td>
232     </tr>
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