What's the cheapest way to setup Linux box?

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 14:28:50 MST 2013

An alternative you may not have considered; I've been using cloud9 for my
web-dev work for several days now.  It's free and runs on openshift (I

If you go this route, there is no need for SSH or a server at all.  Plus
you can code directly into a really nice IDE embedded in the web-browser.
 While testing/debugging, you can have it running on a fresh VM, in
literally a few seconds.  Deployment takes a minute or two, and can be done
from the IDE directly to all the most common "cloud" providers.

Thus far I've only used it for node.js work, but I seem to recall it
supporting Java, Ruby and a bunch of others.
You also get a nice command line and CPU time and other resources are
For instance, I've got a quicky app that's parsing the entire blockchain
out of bitcoin and stuffing it into a MySQL database.
So far my runtimes have been upwards of 4 hours without interruption, and
I've never seen cloud 9 be the ones to kill my process.
That should be plenty of time to test a rails app.

Now I'm done, someone please shoot me for having drunk the cloud kool-aide
and talking like this.  :)

On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM, Grant Shipley <gshipley at gmail.com> wrote:

> Wait?  People actually run their own home servers nowadays for development
> and filesharing?  I thought that went away several years ago.  Kind of
> kidding but not really. ;)
> I use www.openshift.com for all development (disclaimer: I work on this
> project so I am biased).  Free to use.
> I use dropbox for photo sharing
> amazon cloud player premium for music storage (up to 200,000 tracks for
> 25.00 a year)
> Movies, I stopped storing and just use netflix and hulu.
> Total cost: 45.00 a year.
> On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Charles Curley <
> charlescurley at charlescurley.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:17 -0700
> > Levi Pearson <levipearson at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > To restate my point a bit more clearly, buying a refurbished top-spec
> > > machine with a bunch of noisy fans for a low up-front purchase price
> > > means that you've probably bought a power-hog of a machine and over
> > > its remaining lifetime the power budget is likely to play a
> > > significant part in its ownership costs.
> >
> > I agree with your analysis, but will take it a step further. You are not
> > the only person in the world to make it. I suspect the market has
> > already discounted the discounted future cost of power to run the
> > things.
> >
> > In a sense, buying cheap power hog equipment is a bet that fracking and
> > coal will continue to be legal.
> >
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