How to find volunteer administrators? (Was: RE: Free Web App Co-operative)
bogdan.bivolaru at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 23:28:28 UTC 2008
0) OMG, this idea rocks! I was going to offer a hardware and bandwidth
for such a service and start building some sort of community of people
sharing resources for a freedom and free-as-in-beer service. I was
hoping of building some kind of community, like cluenet.org, to operate
1) As I see it the big problem is not the hardware nor the bandwidth (we
can think of a web cluster-like system to operate it, REBOL style
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REBOL ): the problem is finding capable and
good-willing volunteers to administrate it. I would offer root access to
a computer I own on a internet connection I am responsible for. If that
mail server starts sending malware, who will be responsible/liable for
charges in justice?
Protecting Web and mail servers as free services - such a "honey pot" -
from the constant attack of ill-wanting spammers and other malware
writers, is like a full day job. Failing to do so can result in bans
from accessing the network of different ISP and can even result in
having your own ISP disconnect you.
How do you approach this initial lack of criteria for selecting volunteers?
Freedom software projects require candidate contributors to submit
patches for a long time before granting them commit access to the
version control repository. They can check the technical abilities of
the candidate and let in only the best. What can one do to select
volunteer service administrators?
2a) Since all projects running on such a service would be free (both
Afero GPL-style and as in free beer) one could hope we will find a web
hosting firm to sponsor us hosting space and bandwidth. Just as
Atlassian, http://www.atlassian.com/ , offers free licenses of JIRA, a
proprietary issue tracking system, to free software developers. Or a
relationship like QT/KDE for a service company.
They could be in for the PR and providing some kind of "demo" to other
clients, running proprietary applications
2b) I could also pay some monthly fees for a BlueHost / Dreamhost
account, supposing sharing my account with many people does not violate
their Terms of Service. And 500GB hdd space sound like a lot for a few
begining network sites.
There are also some VPS-hosting options (root access to a virtual
machine running your site, but has less hdd space, "only" 1.6 GB)
3) DNS naming and directory:
What about a DNS register? As far as I know there are no free DNS names
4) Do you plan installing Tor as an anonymizer on the network? I guess
Tor requires providing services only through SSL/TLS, to avoid
Sadly you provided no link where one can read/discuss more on this idea
> Free Web App Co-operative
> "Jonathan Roberts" <jonathan.roberts.uk at googlemail.com>
> Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:28:41 +0000
> discussion at fsfeurope.org
> discussion at fsfeurope.org
> I'm currently floating this idea around a few places and thought
> people here might be interested. We're trying to get together a small
> group interested in starting a hosted web apps co-operative where the
> key principles are openness and using entirely free software to build
> and run it.
> Initially we're probably going to target e-mail, calendaring and rss
> but this is open to discussion. The entire idea is open to discussion
> and the purpose of this now is to get together a group interested in
> discussing this and taking it forwards. I think it could be
> financially very reasonable for a group as small as 10.
> If you're interested in becoming involved with something like this
> feel free to reply to this thread or contact me of list. The next step
> will be cc'ing together an interested group where will begin figuring
> out implementations etc...
> Best wishes,
> Jonathan Roberts
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