Its running on Debian 8.2 (jessie) without the ‘non free’ repository.
Yes. Not sure why you asked this, but there are professional sysadmins around here
It may have been. It was one of the options, but probably the least preferred one. Mainly because AWS platform seems like layered with more proprietary technologies than most other providers. Regular VPS like this have lesser such dependencies, but has the definite risk of the host OS running some proprietary services which our VPS indirectly consumes. AWS is a developers heaven, but I haven’t seen enough FOSS folks talk about hosting on AWS. Moreover, most of us have grown this repulsion to ‘too big to fail’ entities.
Our best case scenario is getting hold of a dedicated server in a datacenter which we have exclusive physical access, but I think all of us have to wait or work a lot until FSMK grows to afford that.
We went with @leapswitch because its hosted in India and I have been running a VPS with them for a couple of years (and @shijil for 2 months). I was hoping that @leapswitch would come forward as a supporter and sponsor the VPS or atleast give a generous discount, but that didn’t happen. We didn’t want to wait for other providers to respond and delay setting up the platform, so we went ahead with whatever little discount their sales team agreed to.
Heavy. We haven’t installed any analytics agents on it yet. But the memory usage seems to be on the heavier side. We have the instance running in a docker container. Memory usage stands at 1250MB of 1504MB (from free -m). It may not reflect the exact memory allocation but indicative enough. There’s unicorn, sidekik, postgresql, redis, nginx running in that container.
I’m now not sure what else can be run on this instance and still remain usable. The idea was that we run a diaspora pod, or allow the community to develop and run custom web apps for fsmk/GLUGs etc.
Let’s see if @leapswitch is interested in sponsoring the next one for this bustling community. Meanwhile, others are requested to take initiative and approach providers who would like to support FOSS this way.