derkeiler.com was created to fulfill a simple personal need: The archiving of a few mailing-lists.

The first server

Sparcstation 10 Back in 2001, someone gave me an old SUN Sparcstation 10, which previously controlled a magnetic resonance tomograph.

Like every tech who get’s a new computer I reinstalled the operating system. Because the Sparcstation has neither a floppy nor a cdrom drive, i installed RedHat Linux via bootp.
Unfortunately, the graphic card needed a special driver, which was impossible to get at this time.

So … afterwards it was quite a bad idea to re-install the os, and i had a sparc with a nice sun keyboard, optical mouse and monitor which could only be controlled with a serial cable.

The first home

COLT Telecom At this time I worked in a datacenter in Frankfurt/Germany, and had the chance to place the computer there.

Now i had a tiny old server on the internet (which looked quite funny beside his much bigger and faster brothers and sisters).

The idea

At the same time, I started reading some security mailing lists. I thought it would be cool to archive the posts (to search for vulnerabilitys), but noticed very fast that a mail client is the wrong tool to achieve this goal.

After some experimenting I found that storing mails as html works quite well, so the first archive was created.

The name

Wild boar Everything worked well, but it was not very comfortable to access my server just with it’s ip address.

A colleague of mine (Lars Eufinger) gave my server its name: der-keiler.de.

DerKeiler was born.

If you wonder what this name means: It’s a german word play on Keil (my last name) and translates to The wild boar.

Unexpected popularity

Although the mailing-list archive was only created to archive my personal mailing-lists, it became relatively fast a popular and reliable site for many people around the world (even though it looked quite ugly at this time).

In the following years I added lots of mailing-lists and newsgroups which cover topics I’m interested in, like UNIX and programming.

In this way, a personal site became one of the biggest usenet archives on the net.

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