Three awesome news items today:

1: We're announcing the great Meinberg GPS time equipment giveaway. Over the next months we're (thanks to Meinberg) giving away thousands of dollars worth of high quality time-keeping devices.

2: We got a brand new design and layout on the pool site! Many more updates are coming.

3: The pool is the default ntp service in several of the big Linux distributions (Fedora, Debian, RHEL, CentOS and many more). For this reason we really really need more servers to help with the traffic. Hopefully the equipment giveaway will help on this. Please mention it in your weblog or wherever else appropriate.

On a related sidenote we've started alpha-testing a new system for distributing traffic to the servers more evenly and with much less "spikes" in the traffic.