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Subject: Re: hosting update: dns & existing email aliases

Re: hosting update: dns & existing email aliases

From: David Hooper via rockbox <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 19:40:53 +0100

Out of interest, is there any capability in the current setup to
load-balance across volunteer servers for hosting (rather than just CI) -
if people have spare upstream capacity that is faster or less-flaky than
what is currently confirmed as available?

On Sun, 5 Sep 2021, 18:01 Solomon Peachy via rockbox, <>

> On Thu, Sep 02, 2021 at 07:39:15PM +0200, Benjamin Balder Bach via rockbox
> wrote:
> > I just wanted to say that your work is SUPER acknowledged and this kind
> of
> > "reproductive work" shouldn't also be invisible work, so really
> appreciate
> > that you are sharing the steps involved and the beautiful details of the
> > migration work! You are not the only one with such tasks at hand, so it's
> > always nice to hear about how others solve it.
> Classic small-scale system administration, much like driving manual
> transmissions, has become an increasingly lost skill as most everyone
> has migrated to using third-party services. And, much like rockbox
> itself, I want to help keep that dream alive. :)
> When I migrated and consolidated the existing stuff from the Haxx (and
> other) servers onto mine, I cleaned up and documented everything
> specific to the Rockox and left it in a much better integrated state,
> but as my server was already (very) well established, I didn't need to
> worry about setting up and documenting the pre-requisites.
> I'm working on setting up the VPS provided by Fosshost, documenting
> everything that's needed to bring each component online rather than
> taking advantage of an already-well-established
> everything-and-the-kitchen-sink server.
> The nice thing is that once this is finished, everything rockbox [1]
> will be truly self-contained and relatively portable to any hosting
> provider, _and_ sufficiently documented that recreating everything from
> scratch will be a considerably less perilous task for the relatively
> inexperienced.
> [1] I intend to keep the lowest-level stuff (eg dns and email hosting)
> on my servers so I don't have to duplicate the infrastructure.
> > If you can figure out a convenient way to share any future rack server
> > bills, I'll be happy to chip in some annual dollars. Perhaps Patreon?
> There is a paypal donation link off the main page, but over the last
> year or so we've probably averaged under $25/month in donations.
> Coincidentally, that's about what it costs for a commercial VPS capable
> of meeting our basic needs, though that doesn't take into account the
> compute and bandwidth donated by volunteers running our CI builders or
> meta-infrastructure like dns, email, and 3rd-party authentication.
> In parallel to all of this I'm still trying to find a home for my server
> with sufficient bandwidth to meet rockbox's >400GB/mo needs, but so far
> my only confirmed options are $300-500/mo colocation, or slightly flaky
> DSL with 5mbps upstream.
> And so it goes...
> - Solomon
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