X.Org Foundation Board of Directors 2010 Election

Matthias Hopf mhopf at suse.de
Tue Feb 16 10:09:04 PST 2010

On Feb 16, 10 11:54:35 -0600, Jeremy White wrote:
> Keith Packard wrote:
> > On Tue, 16 Feb 2010 17:54:56 +0100, Matthias Hopf <mhopf at suse.de> wrote:
> >> But something like $100 / month sounds like a reasonable upper limit for
> >> me, and you should actually get by for half of it.
> > We've got three servers and a switch; the 3U servers are $1200/year, and
> > the 2U server + switch is $600.
> For the record, I think the assertion that getting rackspace and bandwidth
> for 3 dedicated servers in a facility that's reliable, convenient, 
> and likely to be around in 6 months for $50/month is a fantasy.

For the record, hosteurope.de is one of the longest running provider I
know in Europe, not exactly the cheapest, and you get a rented server
with hardware raid for EUR 59 per month.
Given my experience 1 EUR is approx. equal with 1 US$ in the computer
business (yes, it's not the exchange rate), but even if you take the
direct exchange rate this is easily managable  for $100 per month.

And I didn't exactly search for long.
Haven't looked for bandwidth flatrates yet, though. And of course, I
don't know the hardware setup we have. We probably have more RAM and
more disk space.

That said, I'm perfectly fine with the current situation. I just wanted
to know what we're paying this for.

> Of course, shifting away from dedicated servers to an alternate
> strategy is certainly something that may well be worth exploring,
> for reasons beyond cost.

What alternative strategy would that be? I'm always interested, but I
doubt anybody has the resources to look into anything groundshaking new.
Besides, we have a number of projects relying on freedesktop.org.

> But I just wanted to say that the current spending looks quite
> reasonable to me.  And I also know how thankless a task it is to run
> a server such as x.org, so let me officially say - 'thanks!' to the
> folks that are doing it... :-)



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