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Re^2: Sites similar to Perl Monks, but not about Perl?

by rozallin (Curate)
on Aug 12, 2003 at 07:08 UTC ( #283100=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I would be willing to put in some non-financial help with a "*nixmonks", but I think we need more than two people to even get such a task off the ground.
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by logan (Curate) on Aug 12, 2003 at 17:58 UTC
    I think we need more than two people to even get such a task off the ground

    Granted, especially as I have a job and can't devote myself full-time. However, 5 people with complimentary skills should be enough. Let's make a list:

    • Software: Free. We use Linux, Mysql, Apache, and either Slashcode or Everything. I couldn't pick between them anymore than I could compare and contrast Linux and BSD, but I'm sure there's a flamewar about it raging somewhere.
    • Hardware: Luckily, I live in Silicon Valley, where hardware is cheap. Call it a 2.0 ghz Pentium with 2 gigs of RAM and 100 gigs of storage. I dunno...$600? And being as the actual purchase of hardware would come at the end of the dev cycle, it can be delayed for a long time.
    • Access: The box itself would have to be colocated somewhere. I did a little research a while back, and this can be expensive. In Silicon Valley, $200 a month is about average. It would be cheaper to store it someplace else, but that could mean a long drive to do maintainance.
    • Skills: We need a admin who knows enough about security to run a site that's going to be a target for hackers, but can be on-call 24/7 if something goes wrong. That's a tall order for a site that doesn't generate any money. We need a few developers, preferably with some experience with the engine we're using. Also, someone should have an eye for design and usability. Again, they need to have the time to dedicate to the project.
    I'm thinking 3-5 people, dependent on the amount of time they can dedicate. I'll even get the ball rolling by offering up my personal linux box as a group dev machine (Roz, you'll freak over my mp3 collection). Anybody else?

    "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

      In Silicon Valley, $200 a month is about average.

      Check out the California Community Colocation Project. They provide free colocation to individuals and non-profits but they do ask for a 50$ per month donation. So, a year of colocation will cost about the same as the hardware. :-)

      "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";
      Check german hosters!! There you can very cheaply rent a box with pre-installed linux. You get the root-Password and can do with the box what you want, even install your own distribution. They call it "Rootserver". The catch is the traffic isnt as cheap, I think.
      Interesting idea. As the proverbial $0.02, I will contribute the fact that I provide IT support for a regional Science Fiction Convention, and part of my charge is to handle hosting for our web site.
      CIHOST ( has pretty reasonable pricing for dedicated boxes, and provide good support.
      Might be worth looking into.
      Mike Gucciard
Re^3: Sites similar to Perl Monks, but not about Perl?
by Aighearach (Initiate) on Nov 12, 2004 at 04:11 UTC
    I might be willing to host such a beast at, but I would need to see some bandwidth usage stats from a site like PerlMonks. Any ideas? Because, if it was going to use more than couple hundred gigs a month, I'd need some contributions to pay for that. Also I would only want to host it if it was focused on helping *nix professionals and serious hobbyists, and not just "I downloaded linux and how do I install IE".

    PerlMonks has gone through that rather successfully, I think. There seems to be more real questions and less "hold my hand" requests. Or maybe they just bother me less, I'm not entirely certain.

    I could also deal with whatever sysadmin/security issues come up, regardless of the hosting. Network security is fun.

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