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Okazanta status page (a Cachet fork) is here!

There's a new open source software for status pages available: Okazanta is a fork of Cachet, one of the most widely used software for status page.

Cachet is an open source status page software
Cachet is an open source status page software

What is a status page?

"Status Page" is the term for a small website describing historical or ongoing incidents, mostly used by Internet providers. A list of status pages software (free and non-free) can be found here.

Cachet has been used by many providers in the past, but the lack of updates and support for new PHP versions caused the project to stall.

But why a fork?

The main reason why a fork was necessary was that Cachet required PHP 7.3 to run. The PHP code was not optimized for newer PHP versions. Obviously PHP 7.3 is meanwhile end of life (since December 2021) and for security and performance reasons, it is advised to upgrade to a newer PHP version. Although there were a couple of pull requests to improve/update the code, these suggested changes unfortunately never made it into the core code.

A main discussion about the continuity of Cachet and an eventual fork erupted in May 2022, basically asking:

wondering if the project is maintained or it has been discontinued.

GitHub user esseti

This discussion eventually showed that the Cachet founder and maintainer James Brooks sold the Cachet project to apilayer, however they have never touched the code since:

Basically, I sold Cachet to apilayer a few years back. The idea was that they would continue development and use it to build out an ecosystem. […] Since then, apilayer haven't touched Cachet.

James Brooks, creator of Cachet

A couple of developers pitched in, mainly John-S4, pushing for a fork. A couple of months waiting time passed by if apilayer would revive Cachet, but nothing happened. Therefore Okazanta was created as a Cachet fork.

Claudio Kuenzler
Claudio has been writing way over 1000 articles on his own blog since 2008 already. He is fascinated by technology, especially Open Source Software. As a Senior Systems Engineer he has seen and solved a lot of problems - and writes about them.

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