[CoMoDev] Linux server redux

  • From: David Beers <cervezas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 15:05:44 -0600

Slightly off-topic, but hopefully of interest to some of you. Several months 
back I blasted a message out to see if anyone was interested in splitting the 
cost of a dedicated (or maybe virtual private) Linux server for development and 
demo purposes.  I was looking for something where I could install Tomcat, Resin 
and/or JBoss, some open source RDBMS packages like MySQL or HSQL, PHP 5, CVS 
for collaborative development, etc.  At the time it looked like the cheapest 
thing around was going to be about $50/mo and this didn't usually give you root 
access so you were at the mercy of the admins when it came to certain kinds of 
software installations.

What's interesting is that now you can get a virtual private server with full 
root access for only $20/mo.  You can put anything you want on it, the only 
limitation being that you can't build your own Linux kernel since they use a 
special kernel that enables the virtualization.  It's pretty interesting how 
this virtualization technology has moved from the desktop (VMWare, Virtual PC) 
to the server room (User Mode Linux, Xen) particularly when it makes it so you 
can basically have your own Linux box in a 99.9% uptime data center on the 
Internet backbone for what a dial-up internet account cost a few years ago.  
Here are two well-reviewed VPS hosts that I'm looking at:


http://rimuhosting.com  (These guys were $50/mo back in Jan and are down to $20 

See you folks tomorrow night.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing
Skype ID: pikesoft

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