The first sakima machine was a Dell Pentium 100 with 8 megabytes of memory. Full Internet services including e-mail and web hosting started in September, 1995. The machine ran the Slackware distribution of Linux. Like most Linux machines of the day, the Internet connectivity was courtesy of the dorm-room Ethernet access, in this case in room 222 of Killinger Hall of West Chester University in West Chester, PA.
Sakima quickly proved to be popular among the students at West Chester. The campus-wide e-mail messaging platform at the time, MS-Mail, was a horrible system and often messages sent to outside destinations via SMTP would take several days to be delivered. In many cases snail mail was faster than the MS-Mail system at West Chester. MS-Mail also had no remote access capabilities, requiring students to use the often crowded PC labs scattered around campus.
Sakima's services were much simpler and efficient; mail was delivered on average within seconds to remote machines or universities. The use of simple  (later ssh) and Pine as a mail client was very popular, as this combination allowed easy remote access to mail and information. Many users also ran Eudora with sakima's new POP3 server.
Within a few months there were close to 100 students using sakima for primary e-mail, simple web hosting and file-server services via SAMBA. When it came time for Christmas vacation and the dorms were set to close, special permission was sought and granted from the West Chester University Residence Life department to permit the machine to remain turned on during the break. This allowed students to continue to use sakima services, even while other WCU computer services were turned off, disabled or otherwise unreachable.
While rummaging through an old closet in the Computer Science department at WCU, a NeXT Cube workstation was found next to some unused laser printers and stacks of ULTRIX manuals. After a fair bit of encouragement the machine was coaxed into booting from the NeXT magneto-optical disk and quickly named 'nutiket.octoraro.org'. Nutiket was then placed in the corner of a lab in the WCU Computer Science department, where it looked like it had been there forever performing very important duties. In fact, it became the summertime home for sakima and IvyNET.
Nutiket functioned well as a temporary home for sakima users. The MO disk was painfully slow and once in a while someone turned the NeXT machine off, but in all the services were respectably available.
Throughout the 1996-1997 academic year, sakima continued to quietly support a community of users at West Chester and across the Internet. As the spring of 1997 approached it became clear that dorm-room connectivity would no longer be an option in the fall of 1997.
A new sakima was built, this time much larger, heavier and official-looking. This 4th Generation of Sakima was an 80486 DX2/66 with 16 Mb RAM and multiple hard drives connected to an EISA hard drive controller. With permission from the Computer Science department, the machine was placed in the labs in Andersen Hall, in the same corner where the NeXT cube had served the year before. From here sakima would run for two and a half years until the fall of 1999. It is doubtful today that anyone could freely colocate for 30 months a personal machine at a university.
While sakima was out of service, some time was taken to refresh the hardware, software and prepare the machine for life in a future home. Redundant disks were installed in a RAID, memory upgraded and the system cleanly installed to Fedora Core 3. The Dell PC was still the base system.
Sakima was then moved to the home of IvyNET, located in New York City, where the original IvyNET Minister has graciously provided power and connectivity to the machine. Ironically the IvyNET site in New York City had an SDSL circuit from DCANet, which allowed the IP addresses sakima used in Philadelphia to be re-routed to the New York location. Sakima was moved to a new location but did not have to renumber.
After moving to New York City, sakima also was assigned its first IPv6 Internet address.
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