05/01/2022 Port upgrade for openldap24 (openldap25 failed). Upgrade complete, several services will be down during the upgrades

04/10/2022 Port upgrades for ICU update completed.(583 ports require updates), some services may be down during the upgrade

03/01/2022 Migration to with FREEBSD12.2 complete

01/18/2022 Build of and migration to a new FREEBSD12.2 server in progress

01/18/2022 Expect to retire this server by Feb 28, 2021!

07/03/2020 OpenSSL updated, all dependencies rebuilt

07/01/2020 Python2.7 deprecated

01/20/2020 Ruby and Gems rebuilt, Redmine rebuilt, DB updated

01/17/2020 PHP72 rebuilt

01/11/2020 MYSQL upgrade in completed

01/08/2020 added FuzzyOCR to SpamAssassin

01/04/2020 rebuild rubygems complete, Redmine service restored

01/04/2020 rebuild PHP72 complete. Roundcube service restored

01/04/2020 SMTP service restored, kudos gentoo for the qMail patch!

01/04/2020 Python37 upgrade completed

01/03/2020 Security stack upgrade OpenSSl 1.1.1 completed

M5 Hosting

M5 Hosting

At Gossamer we have chosen to host our dedicated servers at M5 Hosting, a division of M5 Computer Security. M5 specializes in Linux and BSD dedicated servers. M5 offer customized solutions from a single entry-level server to a complex environment of dozens to hundreds of servers configured with custom routing and firewall configurations.... whatever you need to power your project or business.

The facility is staffed 24x7 and is serviced with redundant air, power and network. We share the facility with some of America's top financial institutions, government contractors, biotech and research organizations, hosting companies and network security companies.


FreeBSDFreeBSD® is an advanced operating system for modern server, desktop, and embedded computer platforms. FreeBSD's code base has undergone over thirty years of continuous development, improvement, and optimization. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. FreeBSD provides advanced networking, impressive security features, and world class performance and is used by some of the world's busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.

Apache 2.4


The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows NT. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.

Apache httpd has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April 1996, and celebrated its 18th birthday as a project last February.

The Apache HTTP Server ("httpd") is a project of The Apache Software Foundation.

Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails

Learning to build a modern web application is daunting. Ruby on Rails makes it much easier and more fun. It includes everything you need to build fantastic applications, and you can learn it with the support of our large, friendly community.

Phusion Passenger

Phusion Passenger

Passenger is a rock-solid, feature-rich web app server that integrates with Apache and Nginx. Serve millions of customers with confidence.



WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.

WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform, deployed for almost half the world's blogs, according to a recent estimate by Web services firm Pingdom. The developers have planned to release new versions of the open source software every three or four months. Version 3.4, however, is the first major release since last December, when version 3.3 was released.



PHP is a server-side scripting language designed primarily for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language. Originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, the PHP reference implementation is now produced by The PHP Development Team. PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page, but it now stands for the recursive acronym PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat, often referred to as Tomcat Server, is an open-source Java Servlet Container developed by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Tomcat implements several Java EE specifications including Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java EL, and WebSocket, and provides a "pure Java" HTTP web server environment in which Java code can run.

Tomcat is developed and maintained by an open community of developers under the auspices of the Apache Software Foundation, released under the Apache License 2.0 license, and is open-source software.


Java JDK8Java JRE8

Java Powers Our Digital World! Develop or just Deploy.

Java is at the heart of our digital lifestyle. It's the platform for launching careers, exploring human-to-digital interfaces, architecting the world's best applications, and unlocking innovation everywhere—from garages to global organizations.


Qmailqmail is an Internet Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) for UNIX-like operating systems. It's a drop-in replacement for the Sendmail system provided with UNIX operating systems. qmail uses the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) to exchange messages with MTA's on other systems.

qmail was designed for high security. Sendmail has a long history of serious security problems. When Sendmail was written, the Net was a much friendlier place. Everyone knew everyone else, and there was little need to design and code for high security. Today's Internet is a much more hostile environment for network servers. Sendmail's author, Eric Allman, and the current maintainer, Claus Assman, have done a good job of tightening up the program, but nothing short of a redesign can achieve true security.


SpamAssasinSpamAssassin is a mature, widely-deployed open source project that serves as a mail filter to identify Spam. SpamAssassin uses a variety of mechanisms including header and text analysis, Bayesian filtering, DNS blocklists, and collaborative filtering databases. SpamAssassin runs on a server, and filters spam before it reaches your mailbox.



Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) is a free, cross-platform antivirus software tool-kit able to detect many types of malicious software, including viruses. One of its main uses is on mail servers as a server-side email virus scanner. The application was developed for Unix and has third party versions available for AIX, BSD, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, OpenVMS, OSF (Tru64) and Solaris. As of version 0.96 ClamAV builds and runs on Microsoft Windows. Both ClamAV and its updates are made available free of charge.



MySQL is the most popular open source database in the world. Though best known for its use in Web properties such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo!, MySQL is also an extremely popular embedded database. It's relied on by over 3,000 ISV and OEM customers including seven of the top ten largest software companies in the world. Using MySQL as an embedded database impacts the three most fundamental measures of business success -- costs, revenue, and risk -- by lowering COGS (cost of good sold), increasing customer satisfaction, and mitigating risk.


PerlPerl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Perl was originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 as a general-purpose Unix scripting language to make report processing easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions and become widely popular amongst programmers. Larry Wall continues to oversee development of the core language, and its upcoming version, Perl 6. Perl borrows features from other programming languages including C, shell scripting (sh), AWK, and sed. The language provides powerful text processing facilities without the arbitrary data length limits of many contemporary Unix tools, facilitating easy manipulation of text files. Perl gained widespread popularity in the late 1990s as a CGI scripting language, in part due to its parsing abilities.

In addition to CGI, Perl is used for graphics programming, system administration, network programming, finance, bioinformatics, and other applications. Perl is nicknamed "the Swiss Army chainsaw of programming languages" due to its flexibility and power. It is also referred to as the "duct tape that holds the Internet together", in reference to its ubiquity and perceived inelegance.