Would the local tech peeps care?

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at bluesunhosting.com
Tue Mar 4 11:00:36 MST 2014


On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Gabriel Gunderson <gabe at gundy.org> wrote:

>
> I've just been toying around with offering local tech peeps a few free
> services that I could provide pretty easily. I wonder if these things
> would actually be welcomed by the tech community and worth my effort.
>
> Anyway, here's what I'm thinking...
>
> First, I'd like to offer a tiny vps (virtual private server) for free.
> We're not talking about anything you'd run your business on, but it
> would give people a place to play around. Because they'd be free, I'd
> keep the specs very modest, something like 1 CPU, 40G disks, 512MB RAM
> and a static IP (in a shared subnet). We'd offer Ubutnu LTS, CentOS
> 6.X and anything else the community wanted to help make base images
> for. There would be no support or guaranteed up-times.
>
> Next, I'd like to offer unlimited private (or public) git-based
> projects on a GitLab server (http://gitlab.org/gitlab-ce/). We would
> just limit the total disk space per user to 5G or something. I know
> there are a ton of options out there for hosting git projects, but
> most of the free stuff is for public projects.
>
> I'd love to hear your thoughts. Is it worth my (well, Izeni's) effort
> and expense?
>
> I guess it depends on your goal. Because there are already tons of places
that offer free development areas. Just to name a few:

Free dev hosting plus other features
https://koding.com/
https://c9.io
https://code.google.com/
http://aws.amazon.com/ (Micro tier)

Free private git hosting:
https://bitbucket.org/plans
https://www.assembla.com/plans

What is your goal?


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