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RIP KT Ligesh of LxLabs

Tags: , Date/Time: June 9, 2009 @ 8:41 am, by LowEndAdmin
This is an update to this post, where HyperVM and Kloxo are now open sourced at LxCenter.

Just read a link on WHT to this article on India Times — Tecie hangs himself in HSR Layout:

On Monday morning, software company owner K T Ligesh, 32, was found hanging in his house.

He was also deeply upset his company, Lx Labs, in HSR Layout, 6th Sector, had recently lost a project to another company…

Any loss of life is sad. This guy built HyperVM — the virtualization control panel for both OpenVZ and Xen — and most importantly many low end box providers, i.e. those that have been listed under this blog, are using his software (as it costs them only 50 cents/VPS I heard, comparing to many times more Parallels charge for Virtuozzo). That basically puts HyperVM in limbo — which means there will actually have big impact on budget VPS providers. Who will take control of the source code? Or is there an alternative?

My condolences to his family.

17 Comments

  1. xisxon:

    By the way, he was an Anti-Christ, so sad. Giving their code to the open source community (GPLed), that is a good start, many people around the world will thank, especially some good low end box providers.

    June 9, 2009 @ 10:15 am | Reply
    • Hello xisxon,

      He was not an anti-christ like those anti-christs who used to worship satans. His mom and sister committed suicide a few years back and probably he was simply angry at God and got his tattoo. He was not an anti-christ in the real sense.

      October 11, 2010 @ 11:25 am | Reply
  2. From the description of his personal life (wanting to kill God, being an anti-Christ, having no/few friends, living along, etc) does indicate that a little bit help might be able to prevent this disaster. There’s usually cure for depression in many cases, either with medical treatment or counselling.

    I guess at the end of the day opening the source up to let the code to continue to live would be the best option.

    June 9, 2009 @ 12:03 pm | Reply
  3. @xisxon its not likely that it will be GPLed. According to the remaining employee, S. Bhargava, he said he will try to keep the company and the products going. The full quote is on my site.

    June 10, 2009 @ 2:27 am | Reply
  4. @LowEndAdmin: I am paranoid now. Is it possible to backup a Xen VM without hypervisor access?

    June 10, 2009 @ 7:13 am | Reply
  5. @Codexon — you can still rsync the entire content to an off-site backup (i.e. your own computer on a broadband connection for example).

    June 10, 2009 @ 7:22 am | Reply
  6. xisxon:

    “I personally am trying NOT to let the products Kloxo and HyperVM die.”

    Open Source is an option if you let your code to the community-

    “please avoid using them till we get more information about the future of Lxlabs.”

    Yes, when you become “open”, that is the future of LxLabs-

    …community, hackers and experts are waiting, to analyze, to improve, we welcome you to join, are you ready, eh? :D

    June 10, 2009 @ 7:28 am | Reply
  7. @xisxon: the problem is that there are open source control panels that still suck.

    @LowEndAdmin: that was what I was thinking, I just hoped there was an easier way like rsyncing the Xen snapshots.

    June 10, 2009 @ 7:57 pm | Reply
  8. Isaac:

    Do note that Sunday saw a medium-sized provider (vaserv.com, which runs fsckvps.com) nearly wiped out, almost certainly because of vulnerabilities in HyperVM that allegedly had been reported to LxLabs a week or more ago, but had not been fixed in the days-old update nor reported to customers.

    June 10, 2009 @ 7:58 pm | Reply
  9. xisxon:

    @Codexon: Oh, still suck? Well, thats embarassing, hehe :D

    June 10, 2009 @ 11:16 pm | Reply
  10. tickedon:

    @Isaac: This was due to some lazy and insecure password by their management. However, a couple of other(small) providers were hacked but they were not wiped out at all.

    June 12, 2009 @ 3:14 am | Reply
  11. Wolf:

    @Tickedon: I assume you are basing your statement on the posting on some of the forums which claims to be from the hacker. I haven’t seen anything to demonstrate that the post from the alleged hacker was actually authentic. Do you have any sort of authentic proof that VAServ was negligent, or are you just tossing out something that you read somewhere? What I’m getting at here, is that it’s a pretty serious allegation you’re making. I think the responsible thing to do is for those of us who don’t actually WORK for VAServ to keep our mouths shut, since we don’t really have any way to prove that anyone there was at fault. They’ve actually been pretty good about trying to keep their customers informed.

    Besides all that, I believe this was intended to be a thread to say farewell to Ligesh, not to kick a longtime VPS provider while they’re down.

    June 14, 2009 @ 7:12 am | Reply
  12. sBEast:

    Is there a vulnerability in lxadmin panel too? I had no clue how to setup a server until I found lxlabs and their panel. Didn’t know that the CEO was an ‘anti-Christ’ – amazing stuff, because the church sites run fine on his product. It’s all too bad he had to kill himself, but that’s how life ends sometime.
    Does anyone know if there will be an update to lxadmin panel, like it used to be?

    August 11, 2009 @ 4:41 am | Reply
    • Hello sBeast,

      He was not really an anti-christ. You can read it from my above comment.

      October 11, 2010 @ 11:28 am | Reply
  13. sBEast:

    Hi Sree,
    thank you for your your comment, I did pray for him, because the panel he was offering was great, still is, I think, and it’s free to the people who don’t make much on the web hosting. Hence, he had a right attitude, all we can do is pray that God will have mercy on his soul.
    all the best!!!

    October 11, 2010 @ 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Hey,

      Thanks sBeast for the reply :)
      I do not know him personally, but I do have mutual friends who used to be his classmates. The opinion they all have about him is totally different than the kind of impression that he seem to have given online. BTW, are you still using HyperVM/Kloxo? They are still used by many hosting companies.

      October 12, 2010 @ 1:14 am | Reply
  14. sBEast:

    still using it, still works, I think the guys was brilliant for making this :), the world needs more people like him who are able to do things like Kloxo/HyperVM, so I have a high regard for his achievement in web programming. There was no greed in his work.
    sbeast

    October 13, 2010 @ 2:20 am | Reply

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