Tantum Fere Sedna - Or: almost the only Sedna

TL;DR: A website about Free Software called Sedna.cc (1, 2), licensed under creative commons CC BY 4.0, and written by a group of humans (?) under a pseudonym called Ishtar Terra.


The top-level domain (TLD) is .cc, this belongs to the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands which is an Australian external territory in the Indian Ocean, comprising a small archipelago approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka and closer to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

While sedna.cc has nothing in common with the location, we decided to borrow the .cc TLD because “CC” is the abbreviation for Creative Commons. Creative Commons licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. e.g. The content of this site is licensed under creative commons CC BY 4.0.

Which means you are free to:

  • Share – copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt – remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Providing you:

  • Attribution – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

  • No additional restrictions – You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


Now comes the most anticipated part of the ‘about’ page. Why Sedna?

Free software powers, the internet, supercomputers, phones, microwaves, dishwashers, cars, and well you get the point. Free software is ubiquitous and can be found everywhere on Earth. It can also be found running satellites in planetary orbit. It can be found out in our solar system, running on deep space probes, rovers, and the international space station.

“We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable – one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust, or adapt, we could.” - United Space Alliance

So, where does Sedna fit into this, well Sedna is a dwarf planet in the outer solar system (discovered in 2003), named after the Inuit goddess of the sea. It is also a nice number of characters to make into a domain name.

Ishtar Terra

The content of this site is written under a group pseudonym called Ishtar Terra. Keeping up with the space theme, Ishtar Terra is one of two main highland regions on the planet Venus. Ishtar comes from the Akkadian goddess, Ishtar. Also note, Ishtar consists of tar and sh. Tar is an archiving utility and sh is a command interpreter (shell).

et cetera

If you have gotten this far, I think it is safe to say that this site has a number of rabbit holes that you may fall down and lose a bit of time. This is on purpose, since the articles on here are the results of many, many, (many), hours of rummaging around in old man page, forgotten public_html directories and other such exotic documents.

If you think you have an old README or half documented rabbit hole that others might enjoy reading, feel free to email them to public@sedna.cc

sedna.cc – cir. 20 August, 2019