No, I don't get a dime from them
For a few months I have been using an unmanaged virtual private server from Tektonic, and I love it.
What's that? Let's take it one word at a time, and then some more.
It's a server: which means it's a full-ish linux installation. So it is capable of doing lots of things. I can run all sorts of weird python thingies in it if I want. IMAPS and SSMTP? No problemo.
It's private: which means I am root on it. I have the shell. I choose what to install.
It's virtual: it's a Virtuozzo partition in a real server. That means no custom kernel modules, and that since almost everything is shared with other instances, 5GB of disk and 128MB of RAM go a long way.
It's unmanaged: which means I manage it. Which is just the way I prefer it, since that's my job.
It's cheap. I started on a 8 dollars a month plan (which doesn't seem to be there anymore, the current cheapest is a 15 dollars plan).
It's a throwaway. I want to host some client as a favour? I just put it there. I could even rent another of these servers for a while, use it, then close it. Backups? Clicking on a webpage saves the image! Other than that... I back it.
Fixed IPs. All you want (for extra coins).
A home away from home. All my stuff is there. I need it, I get it. Without bothering about having my own server at home via no-ip or somesuch (which of course I still have too ;-)
It works. It hardly ever breaks. And having survived expensive, managed servers, this baby is working just as well.
It's a nice gift. Suppose you have a connection to a free software project/LUG/family/whatever, and they need a place on the internet. Why not sponsor them with something like this? I offered one to PyAr (which didn't take it, but it's the thought that counts ;-)
The ultimate learning experience: you can restore the system in 2 minutes. Want to play/learn sysadmining? Do it on the real virtual thing! Much cheaper than hosing your own box ;-)
They offer a good service. So, people should know about it. And of course... if you know a similar, but even better deal... I'm all ears!
"The ultimate learning experience: you can restore the system in 2 minutes. Want to play/learn sysadmining? Do it on the real virtual thing! Much cheaper than hosing your own box ;-)"
This is the kind of thing that leads to open relays and hacked machines.
Is it hacked? Reinstall from scratch. Takes 30 seconds.
It's an open relay? You learned and can fix it now.
Where's people supposed to learn? In their attics on disconnected C64s?
Really I see absolutely no problem with what you are saying. None whatsoever.