Preware.org woes: feeds/site down as domain slips away

Having trouble accessing Preware feeds in either Preware or WOSQI today?  Tried getting to www.preware.org and failed?  Well, you’re not alone.  Read on for the details.

UPDATE – Rod Whitby chimed in on the discussion (linked below). He confirmed the domain was newly expired and taken over. The webOS Internals team is contacting the individual for their demands but mentioned they also purchased preware.net to use as a backup if need be. Preware will be updated as well to reflect to domain change. He did offer a temporary solution for ipkg.preware.org. Edit your local DNS to point it to the IP 140.211.169.161.

pivotCE reached out to the webOS Internals team today on Twitter for answers.  It seems the sysadmin team has been alerted.  As for the course of action they’ll take, I’m not sure.  But while we all wait, have a look at your favorite “whois” site for the likely culprit. Don’t have one?  I did the hard work for you.

whois1whois2Simply put, someone snatched the domain.  See the “whois” result from
http://whois.domaintools.com/preware.org.

What does this mean for feed access?  Well, it’s hard to tell for the moment but for now we’ll just have to wait and see.  Hopefully some type of temporary solution can be put in place soon.

This has put the fear into some people (me included). You may remember when the webOS patches portal was hacked and permanently closed.  Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself.  Speculation would say it won’t because LuneOS will be using the same feeds for Preware2.

Folks are discussing this topic over at webOS Nation.  Feel free to chime in.

On a personal note, to the person who seems to have snatched the domain, not cool.  Seriously.  Not cool.

#webosforever

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