And that's how Gentoo tries to hide the truth...

It's one thing being accused for slandering. It's another thing being publically called an asshole. So here's another great stunt from Gentoo. First read this PR:

Reinstate poly-c overlay #532

And now have a look for what I was banned in their GitHub organization:

Truth about mgorny nobody wants to see

And IMHO there's nothing more to add here.

How to regain my Gentoo overlay

Like I've blogged recently, Gentoo has removed my overlay from their list based on completely false assertions. That's not so much of a problem for me as I know how to get my overlay into Gentoo systems but other users of that overlay might have more difficulties to keep the overlay. As a result I've uploaded a config file for those users so they can simply drop that file into /etc/portage/repos.conf/ directory and run
emaint sync -r poly-c
in order to re-gain access to my overlay. I hope that helps those users that got "punished" by this extremely strange move Gentoo did there.

Please don't send mails to my address anymore

This morning my E-Mail account at Gentoo was suspended.

Now it seems to be back and mails are being forwarded to my private E-Mail account. Please don't send any more E-Mails to my address but instead replace the host part of my address with I do not really want having Gentoo jerks reading private mails.

If you nevertheless want to send an E-Mail to my address, please encrypt the mail with my public GPG key.

Mikrotik CRS236-24S+2Q+RM switch: one year usage summary

Mikrotik is known for its cheap 10GBit/s switches. That's the reason I bought one of these back in 2021. Although buying 10GBase-T transceivers is not that cheap, in the end I replaced my good ol' Netgear S3300-28X with the Mikrotik CRS236-24S+2Q+RM running SwOS-2.13. I know the switch can also run RouterOS but to be honest, I do not like the complexity of RouterOS, nor do I need an OS on my switch that provides lots of functionality I definitely will never use (on a switch).
Unfortunately, SwOS comes with a couple of drawbacks:
  • SwOS has a limited password length: It accepts twelve chars but not 20. I didn't check if twelve really is the limit but SwOS refuses to save passwords with 20 chars.
  • No ssh connections possible: All SwOS provides is a very basic http web interface.
  • No https connections possible: The web-interface can only be accessed via http.

Now all these drawbacks are not present in RouterOS but still, that one is totally overloaded with functionalities one never needs in a L2 switch. Furthermore, one small misconfiguration in RouterOS and 10GBit/s transfer speeds are gone because everything gets routed over the switch CPU which is only connected to the switch chip with a 1GBit/s line.

There's one really annoying bug in SwOS-2.13 though, that only recently got confirmed by Mikrotik: The two QSFP+ ports refuse to re-establish a link connection once the remote side gets rebooted. In order to re-establish the link, I found three possible solutions:
  • Reboot the switch. (most effortful solution as the entire network connected to the switch is down while the switch performs the reboot)
  • Un-/replug the QSFP+-cable at the switch. (similarly effortful)
  • Toggle auto negotiation from "auto" to "40G" or vice versa.

And these are the actions that do not work and will not solve the link issue:
  • Reboot the remote device again.
  • Un-/replug the QSFP+-cable at the remote side.
  • Replace the remote NIC (if possible).
  • Use a different QSFP+ cable.

Mikrotik promised a fix for a future SwOS release but I doubt this release will come anytime soon as their priority clearly is with RouterOS (where - again - this issue is not present).

Besides these issues the switch performs really great and - when using a proper transfer protocol - provides reliable 10GBit/s on all of its ports. In summary I do not regret my decision and once Mikrotik finally puts some love into SwOS again, this will become a very nice and satisfying switch for my home network.

My time as Gentoo dev has come to an end...

so the inevitable end has come sooner than I expected but... let's be honest, Gentoo more and more turns into a shit hole full of self-important wannabes.
Ever since I became a Gentoo developer, the project always had issues with too powerful people. People being in comrel, QA and/or council at the same time cannot make a healthy project. But whenever the proposition came up in council to force people to only be in one powerful position, this has always been battered down decorated with lame excuses.
So now Gentoo is at a point where there is a small circle of "elevated people" that dictates direction of Gentoo for each and everyone. Refusal of bowing to their will or following their commands leads to... harmful sanctions as I just found out for myself lately. As a result I am no longer part of this shit hole project anymore.
Most of my twelve years of being a Gentoo developer were much fun, the last two years were not.
On the bright side, I now have much more free time I can spend with my family, my friends and my hobbies. Sorry to all users of the 147+ packages I was maintaining. I am sure many will not land in good hands I'm afraid.

Update 20220629 12:36CEST
Gentoo now started to censor my retirement bug (and even restricted the bug so it is no longer publically available). So I feel the urge to clarify some things:
  • I was kicked out from Gentoo because of developer Sam James. He is the reason I was booted. I NEVER voluntarily retired from Gentoo!
  • Gentoo started to surveil my E-Mail account. (*)
  • Gentoo is planning to invalidate my council vote although I did that vote BEFORE any of this bullshit started to happen.
(*) I've been told by a reliable source

Update 20220630 15:09CEST
Gentoo now tries to frame me as a defamer in order to justify their decision. And of course this blog post was taken as justification to fast-retire me and categorize me as "malicious actor". It is hilarious how deep they stick in their own "reality bubble". The way comrel acts nowadays reminds me of the German word "Gedankenpolizei". In the past GDR's Stasi acted similarly:
  • Secret trials
  • the defendant was given no access to what he/she was accused for
  • condemnation was secretly ruled
  • secret surveillance
  • vote manipulation
  • public censorship
Would you want to be part of such an "organization"? I surely do not.

Update 20220630 16:47CEST
Now Gentoo has even removed my Gentoo overlay (poly-c) from their public repository list with the funny but nevertheless completely wrong assertion:

"The owner has stopped using Gentoo"

At this point I would not be surprised if they try to completely remove any sign of my existence from their public ::gentoo git package repository as well. I mean, they already proved that they don't stop at performing blatant censorship.

Update 20220708 11:25CEST
Three days ago, I got my council vote confirmation ID. So to my surprise it seems at least this kind of "punishment" could not be enforced by comrel.