JohnCompanies and RootBSD (was Re: FreeBSD based web hosting?)

thomas at thomas at
Thu Jun 19 17:53:29 UTC 2008

* Maxim Khitrov <mkhitrov at> [2008-06-18 22:37:13+0000]:
> Is anyone here using RootBSD?

I am using both RootBSD and JohnCompanies.

> I'm currently with JohnCompanies. Overall, it's been a positive
> experience, though I wish they offered FreeBSD 7. Beta testing for it
> was supposed to begin last month, but so far no news.

Agreed. JC has been fine so far, and I asked them to include me in their
FreeBSD 7 beta testing when it opens up. I don't think they have a
schedule posted for when that will start.

I started out at RootBSD on 6.2, and when FreeBSD 7 was first offered by
them (about a month ago), they were nice enough to setup a 7.0 VPS for
me, and give me a liberal amount of time for me to move my data over
from my 6.2 VPS.

> My main concern is disk space; I have 2GB for ~$26 per month.

This too is my only gripe about JohnCompanies. For $29 a month, I only
get a VPS with 2GB of space -- and they don't allow you to add more
diskpace unless you upgrade to a higher ($49/month) plan.

Contrast that with RootBSD, where I pay $19 a month and I get 10GB of

On the JC server, one can easily fill up that 2GB by building various
ports (I did it by running "cd /usr/ports/graphics/ImageMagick; make
install"). The RootBSD box comes with 10GB of space which is more than
enough to build almost any port.

I am sticking with both for now, only because JC reliability/uptime is
purported to be excellent. Granted, I've not had any hardware or
connectivity issues with either provider yet, so I've not yet
experienced any serious problems firsthand.

I should also add that they both have excellent customer service and
response times, I've been pleasantly surprised with how good the support
from both places are.


More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list