Short version: after finally updating all my Linux machines to the latest version of Ubuntu/KDE, I can no longer run my Drupal 7 test environments. This means I can no longer test any changes to Eviscerati.org, which makes me uncomfortable.
Drupal 8 runs fine though. Which means... ugh, I don't even want to say it. I may have to migrate the site from D7 to D8.
Long version: I've been running Kubuntu 14.04 LTS for a long time. I resisted upgrading because I didn't like KDE Plasma 5 (because it didn't do some things I wanted it to do, and the fact that it didn't do those things drove me up the freaking wall). One day, out of curiosity, I decided to put KDE Neon on one of my laptops, and... I discovered that I liked it. Not only did I like it, but it was built on top of the latest LTS version of Ubuntu, which was nice because the 14.04 LTS is about to enter maintenance.
So I updated all my computers accordingly, and they all work fine.
Just one problem, though: I can't get Drupal 7 to run on any of them. It seems to be some kind of problem with D7 and the latest version of php Ubuntu uses. This is a very inconvenient, because I use my home computers as an admittedly imperfect test environment where I test changes before I push them out to the site you're visiting now. I have essentially crippled my ability to (somewhat) safely make changes to my site going forward.
Drupal 8 runs fine, though. Drupal 8 was apparently designed to be super copacetic with the latest versions php and mariadb. And since Drupal 8 has been out for a while now, it seems like the world is telling me it's time to migrate my site from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.
Here's the thing, though: those of you who remember my struggle to migrate from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 may recall there were no less than three false starts, and that the final move required my site being OFFLINE for MONTHS before it was all back up and running. That, my friends, was a brutally painful experience and I don't ever want to go through that again. And unfortunately there are functional changes between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 that requires a certain amount of... re-engineering to preserve the functionality of my site. I'm pretty proud of what I've managed to get my site to do, and I'm pissed off that I've got to FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET DRUPAL 8 TO DO EVERYTHING I WANT ALL OVER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME and I have no idea how long that will take.
I have no idea if I can do it. I have no idea if I even have the TIME to do it. This is why people who actually have money to spend on infrastructure pay other people to solve their problems. I don't have money to spend on infrastructure, so I have to muddle through on my own.
Hopefully this will not be disruptive, but... uh... I have a history with these things.