What is R-fx Networks?
In the spring of 2001, R-fx Networks was born as nothing more than a simple web hosting/design site with a single project fostering growth from the then budding Ensim & Cpanel web host community, System Integrity Monitor (SIM). That project, SIM, was a convenience tool for being sick of failing ProFTPd & Apache services at 4am and the parent control panels being unable to automatically restart them for one reason or the other. The project and subsequently the site then grew to be much more over the years, spawning a number of other projects while taking the site through an identity crisis which ultimately ended up as a Linux Managed Services Provider since then. Throughout the years one thing that has dominated is my commitment to maintaining free and open projects for the web hosting community at large, which I am proud to say is still a commitment going forward.
The projects have always been made first and foremost for myself and those that employee me, then in turn I publish those projects to the community as surely if they create convenience in my life they can do the same for others. This sometimes conflicts with the interests of the community who require or desire certain features that are not inline with my own development path, however at the end of the day most people understand and are very patient with development requests. The bottom line is, typically if I can not find a use for a requested feature in a project then it will not make it it into the public release – it is that simple.
Where did the old site go?
The old site was an antiquated relic of the past, representing R-fx Networks in a broken and rundown state from the days when it was a hybrid of a community project site and managed services provider. Although the projects have continually been maintained, the old site did not serve them justice and was no longer actively updated which gave a bad impression for attracting new users to the projects.
Ok, What now?
This new site will serve as a development blog and the continued source for our maintained projects (apf, bfd etc..) along with expanding the lack-luster documentation that currently exists into a more defined version. The projects will receive the attention they have long deserved along with expanded resources for feature ideas, bug reporting and more.
In addition, the new site will also serve as a personal blog spot for work, life and what ever else I feel like bantering about on a particular day. This will not detract from the top priority which is the projects but they are nevertheless my projects so take my bantering as a necessary baggage.