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Just a heads up that the site may be unexpectedly down some time during the next week or so. Linode is beginning their rollout for patches to address the Meltdown and Specter issues and has said they will need to reboot the host machines in order to do so. This means all instances running on those hosts will go through a forced restart. IT isn't clear how long these reboots may take or how many are needed, but if we're down for no apparent reason, that will be why. These are particularly nasty security bugs that a lot of providers are scrambling to fix because it's not feasible to recall every Intel processor made in the last 10-15 years.

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We've been informed that the first set of maintenance patches should begin in about 6 hours from now and they have reserved a window of 2 hours for the task of patching and rebooting the server. Just in time for prime evening usage :P

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