rsyslog now default on stable Debian

Hi all,

good news today. Actually, the good news already happened last Saturday. The Debian project announced the new stable Debian 5.0 release.

Finally having a new stable Debian is very good news in itself – congrats, Debian team. You work is much appreciated!

But this time, this was even better news for me. Have a look at the detail release notes and you know why: Debian now comes with a new syslogd, finally replacing sysklogd. And, guess what – rsyslog is the deamon of choice! So it is time to celebrate for the rsyslog community, too.

There were a couple of good reasons for Debian to switch to rsyslog. Among others, an “active upstream” was part of the sucess, thanks for that, folks (though I tend to think that after the more or less unmaintained sysklogd package it took not much to be considered “active and responsive” ;)).

Special thanks go to Michael Biebl, who worked really hard to make rsyslog available on Debian. It is one thing to write a great syslogd, it is a totally different one to integrate it into an distro’s infrastructure. Michael has done a tremendous job, and I think this is his success at least as much as it mine. He is very eager to do all the details right and has provided excellent advise to me very often. Michael, thanks for all of this and I hope you’ll share a virtual bottle of Champagne with me ;)

Also, the rsyslog community needs sincere thanks. Without folks that spread word and help others get rsyslog going this project wouldn’t see the success it experiences today.

I am very happy to have rsyslog now running by default on Fedora and Debian, as well as a myriad of derivates. Thanks to everyone who helped made this happen. So on to a nice, little celebration!

Thanks again,

PS: promise: we’ll keep rsyslog in excellent shape and continue in our quest for a world-class syslog and event processing subsystem!