Unscheduled Server Outage

Some Ubuntu servers were offline for at least 6 1/2 hours on Sunday September 25th. This included both archive.ubuntu.com and security.ubuntu.com, two servers used by many Ubuntites when doing package upgrades. The cause of the outage is still unknown. According to IRC logs obtained by The Fridge, the first reports of a problem started appearing on IRC at 5:26 UTC. The servers were back online shortly before 11:48 UTC. The outage generated a lot of questions on the IRC channel #ubuntu during that period, and the two main workarounds suggested to users were to use ftp instead of http in their apt sources.list, and to use official mirrors.

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