You just MAY have noticed that the Blender.org webserver has been giving lots of 'Internal Server' lately. The server, which also hosts the Peach and Apricot blogs, is experiencing high traffic levels lately because of all the attention for Big Buck Bunny.
Because of the high traffic, some issues with our PHP engine areÂ becomingÂ apparent. The cause is complex and not easy to solve: the PHP engine is not correctly closing down overloaded child processes correctly and after a while, the entire webserver just dies. (Or something like that; for the technically minded, here's some in-depth information on the issue).Â
Our admins are working hard on solving this - site traffic is bound to explode later this week after the premiere of Big Buck Bunny!
For now, everyone's keeping watch and they're manually rebooting services when needed. We'll keep you informed of the progress.