Ken McKinney and Hacker News report that Joyent is reneging on its lifetime hosting plans that were promised to be honored for “as long as we exist” (via Nicholas Riley). They also haven’t given customers much notice before the October 31 sunset date.
Update (2012-09-06): TextDrive co-founder Dean Allen:
I’d like to announce that on November 1st, 2012, TextDrive will relaunch anew as a separate hosting company, staffed and funded, run by me. Please consider the recently announced end-of-life for Joyent’s shared hosting customers now revised to be a continuation-of-life, to be carried out in the same friendly, creative, publishing-centered spirit of TextDrive’s early days.