server funding

Littlefield, Tyler tyler at
Tue Jun 24 17:43:02 UTC 2014

On 6/24/2014 1:33 PM, Jungle Boogie wrote:
> Dear Tyler,
> --------------------------------------------
> From: Littlefield, Tyler <tyler at>
> Sent:  Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:09:59 -0400
> To: freebsd-questions at <freebsd-questions at>
> Subject: server funding
>> Hello all:
>> I recently ran across as a shell provider from BSDNow and had a
>> thought along those same lines.
>> I am a fan of MUDs and they're dying out. I'd like to provide a community
>> where people can work and develop their own MUDs. I'm looking for a company or
>> someone that wouldn't mind dedicating a couple cheap servers to this; I'd like
>> to run FreeBSD on one and Linux on the other to give them a choice in what
>> they run; if I can not get two (since that's a bit above what I'm expecting),
>> I'll just go with FreeBSD.
>> My thought is this: free service while you're building your mud, then you pay
>> $5 minimum (we could have plans, or may maybe even just small upgrades (extra
>> ram, hd space). for email, web and the mud to run when you actually start
>> hosting it and getting players. That money would go directly back into paying
>> for the servers; any extra (if there is extra) I'd like to donate to Guide
>> dogs for the blind.
> While you cause is noble, it may be hard to find people who are willing to
> donate hardware to you and for you to find people willing to pay you money to
> run a shell account. As mentioned a few times during the episode, shell
> providers don't make much money anymore. Most people who are savvy enough to
> run freeBSD probably will do so on a VPS for cheap where they can have root
> access or on their own hardware.
I understand a shell account is probably not going to raise money. 
People are always looking for hosting, however for a mud. This provides 
them a platform to get going, start to learn and eventually host it.

>> Hopefully this doesn't sound to odd. As I said, I'm setting out to do this to
>> support people in their learning and not to make any money off of it. Guide
>> Dogs for the Blind is where I received my first guide from; I'd like to give
>> back with a project like this, even if it is an extra of $5 a month.
>> to this end, I am looking for:
>> 1) A grant, fund or similar that would allow me to purchase 1 (possibly 2)
>> servers that could be used for this task. They don't have to be incredibly
>> high end servers, but I do foresee a lot of compilation happening, so
>> something with the processing power to sustain that would be great.
>> 2) A company or individual who has something extra they wouldn't mind putting
>> up for the cause; I would greatly appreciate that as well.
> Where would you put the servers and how would they get internet access? Or do
> you mean you want someone to donate 2 servers, some power, and some internet?
One server would be plenty, but yes. Someone who has a spare rack server available could probably do something like this and just donate colo+hardware.
  Thanks all for the time,

> Best of luck!

Take care,
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