flathub update / mini infrastructure fundraiser - DONE! woohoo!
ramcq at gnome.org
Wed Jun 21 15:12:50 UTC 2017
Thanks for your additional support! I ordered the server last week and
we got access over the weekend, and I've been able to pay their invoice
thanks to the generous support of all our donors:
Christopher Halse Rogers
G Stavracas Neto
Jorge García Oncins
Mario Sanchez Prada
In the end, we actually raised in total £1027.39 - which covered both
the £960 server invoice and also the £78 I spent on 2x Yubikeys. This
will let the repo master server make GPG signatures using the Yubikey's
"smartcard" functionality over USB, but the secret key can't be
copied/removed from the server. (Alex and I will keep a copy of the
master key offline in case we need to re-issue/revoke/etc the master.)
And of course thanks also to Mythic Beasts who have given us use of a
nice 2TB RAID, 16GB RAM, 4-core Xeon L5000 server with heaps of
bandwidth, free management service & backup space.
Thanks again to everyone for their generosity! Now time to get it all
On 13/06/17 21:39, Robert McQueen wrote:
> I was just about to write a mail saying we're all done and I was going
> to place the order - then I realised... the quote is £800 + VAT (UK
> sales tax) so the total needed is actually 960 GBP. Oops.
> Anyway - we've reached a very impressive £800 thanks to our generous
> donors so far:
> Alex Larsson
> Andreas Nilsson
> Bartłomiej Piotrowski
> Christian Hegert
> Cosimo Cecchi
> G Stavracas Neto
> Jakub Steiner
> Nathan Dyer
> Nick Richards
> Mario Sanchez Prada
> Matthias Clasen
> Michael Doherty
> I'm going to put in the extra bit for now and just get the order placed
> so we can do the interesting (ok - if you like servers) work, but if
> anyone has got a little bit more down the back of the sofa, it will all
> go towards hosting Flathub either this year or next.
> Thanks again! :)
> On 13/06/17 12:40, Robert McQueen wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Just a quick e-mail to update on what I've been doing with Flathub
>> seeing as we've missed the calls for the past couple of weeks (although
>> I hope we can meet again on Monday)?
>> I've made a few notes at
>> https://github.com/flathub/flathub/wiki/Launch-Todo but it would be good
>> to update with the stuff I'm missing - am sure we're missing lots of
>> stuff as I know Nuritzi and Michael have been working on some
>> launch/communications planning too.
>> The GNOME Foundation agreed to support Flathub by offering the support
>> of their legal advisors, so I sat down last week with Neil McGovern and
>> sent out our initial queries/requests to get the ball rolling on the
>> to hear back with a confirmation about who can do the work.
>> GNOME has offered that their sysadmin (Andrea Veri) can help with some
>> of the set-up/monitoring but we'd like to keep the Flathub
>> infrastructure independent from GNOME's so that we can make our own
>> decisions about eg, making it easier to install proprietary apps,
>> collecting donations for app authors, etc.
>> We've got donated build nodes from Codethink and cloud credit from
>> Scaleway, but we're still "squished" in with 6-7 VMs on our 50 EUR /
>> month credit - and it's a bit of a production blocker as it's not the
>> most reliable (LVM + nbd = already broke last weekend :/) and has no
>> redundancy/backups in place.
>> The thinking is that for the time being, rather than going Full Cloud
>> (tm) we can just get "a server" to host the main repo and buildbot
>> master, and use other hosts/nodes as build slaves, frontends, mirrors,
>> etc - more distributed workloads where it's easier to integrate
>> different providers and transient cloud instances.
>> A UK-based ISP (Mythic Beasts) has offered that if we pay their basic
>> co-location fee of 800 GBP / year, they will donate a server (2x1TB
>> RAID, 2-4 cores, 8-16GB RAM), 100TB/month bandwidth, monitoring and
>> management services, so we're hoping to move forwards with that plan
>> this week.
>> To get the initial server ordered, we're trying to raise the necessary
>> 800 GBP today - thanks to the generosity of #flatpak we've actually
>> already raised 532 this morning. For convenience and considering it's
>> not the world's largest sum of money we've been using
>> https://paypal.me/ramcq so far - so the money is going to me personally
>> and I will pay it directly over to the ISP - and I'll use any surplus
>> for extending the server past the first year.
>> Thanks all!
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