The biggest factor is the effort of setting up the OS on my Raspberry Pi, packaging it, and shipping it. If I could prepay say... $50-100 USD for a fresh Pi, cable, pre-installed Arch on a SD card, and a small setup fee, I'd be all over it. Especially since getting a hold of more Raspberry Pi's is such a pain right now.
As others mentioned, it's unclear what the risk of this "unlimited for free!" deal falling through, but I'd be willing to take that risk at the setup price of this scale.
It's really just a matter of sudo dd bs=1m if=Image.img of=/dev/rdiskX. Once you're done, configure your unit, update and install desired packages (pacman). If you wish you can use dd again to create your own backup image to save you the hassle of re-installing packages if you mess things up!
Also ordering another Pi to replace the one I ship. :P
Boom, you can throw it anywhere in a neighborhood or apartment building and access it from the cloud. You could leave one behind at each stop when traveling to get a distributed network solution.
It's still a solution in search of a use case...though they could be used as TOR exit nodes.
Then, charging, you'd want at a bare minimum, a 10Watt solar panel. That, at an average of 6 hours usable sunlight each day, could possibly keep you running. Get a few dark stormy days though, and you'd run out of juice I think.
Could be fun. I'm tempted to co-host my Pi in Austria now that I'm looking at using Arduinos for my project instead. (Order of magnitude less current drain and instant start, which is awesome)
I do this currently with a raspberry pi in the front of my backpack, using a 4500mAH lithium ion battery I bought off Amazon. Works great. It gets about a 12 hour charge so far, but I haven't really been keeping careful track of battery life.
I "know a guy" who will recharge it for you.
† small charge to ship back Pi, offer will expire at an some time, no flying ponies, rainbows may be included intermittently.
Maybe they have bigger ideas for RaspPi's future than I do.
After some rather heated exchange with William from Edis, where he:
- gave no explanation
- yelled at me in CAP and bold
- showed a lack of understanding of the slash notation (e.g. 192.168.1.100/24)
I went around Edis and poked the data center, and the matter was mystically resolved shortly after.
Besides, I also experienced an unscheduled and unannounced downtime once in my short time with them. These things only happen with low end VPS providers, and of course AWS EC2.
23:47:12 up 750 days
Otherwise, I got all that was promised, 1 IPv4, IPv6 /112, it seems to be a 2533MHz 5066 bogomips amd64 thingy, but no idea how many others are sharing. I'm running Debian on it, basically just providing OpenVPN for my computers/devices.
Their management UI is quite barren and happily mixes German and English, so I'm not quite sure of all its features...
If your budget allows 7.9 euros, http://www.hetzner.de/en/hosting/produkte_vserver/vq7 is probably a nigh bit more reliable (according to a colleague, who has exactly that).
I also had a Linode's 512M, comparing the two Linode wins on reliability and management features. But at 14 GBP (what, ~22 dollars?) you can get a dedicated server from http://www.kimsufi.co.uk/
But if all you need is a ton of bandwidth and space (1tb!), it's a nice deal. They have great connectivity (located in France), and only went down for one evening (when all of OVH network went down simultaneously worldwide).
For more power and CPU usage, you're better off with an VPS. They usually also have RAID underlying drives so at least you have some more warranties against data loss.
VIRT memory limiting is very a serious issue for some software. For example, apache may use 10x VIRT memory because it is threads-based (most linux'es reserve about 6-10M VIRT memory for the stack of each thread). VIRT memory is usually considered "free to allocate" and software (JVM, soft that uses mmap and so on) is written with this assumption. But this is not the case with OpenVZ VPS servers. Just run "top" to get an idea about VIRT and RSS memory usage of common programs.
It is exciting how this issue is not well-known. I even think that 91.318% of "apache is memory hungry" things (they are still partially true, but..) came from OpenVZ VPS benchmarks.
So in my opinion 20$ 512MB XEN is way better than 10$ 512MB OpenVZ because 512MB XEN is very different from 512MB OpenVZ.
P.S. my knowledge of OpenVZ may be outdated because I moved from OpenVZ VPS servers a couple of years ago.
This is still true for OpenVZ. You can't really run JVM or SBCL on OpenVZ VPSes for that reason.
Edit: confirmed with them, USB is optional
Actually, they probably run their own firmware/config/whatever on the SD or something, so they can manage stuff.
You send them your own Raspberry PI, at your expense, for many probably over seas/out of country. You pay them nothing for their service. They're Yet Another Hosting Company.
Wait until you overuse some resources, they're late paying their data center bill (not sure how IP allocation work over there, but RIPE has their IP space, not them), you Pi for some reason goes offline, or the company goes under.
There is no free lunch. Just wait, it'll be proven again.
Sure, you pay to get it back, but they even mention "probably does not cover our costs" for some.
Going under isn't the only concern. A free service which most certainly costs them (bandwidth, power, rackspace, IPs). Even if they're small devices, they add up. And an offering that is losing money will get bumped for an offering that is earning money.
I'm mainly just predicting the future HN post. Panda tears will flow. Just think back to Joyent cutting out the old TextDrive lifetime hosting. People more than likely got their money's worth out of it, but still a large amount of drama.
One of the things I've discovered using a USB stick as a 'boot disk' on a couple of embedded ARM systems is that they fry pretty quickly. I was running a re-purposed Chumby with Ubuntu and a regular 'apt-get update/upgrade' schedule. After about 3 months the USB stick was reporting it had 6GB of space (down from 8), after 4 months when my system complained it was out of disk space it was reporting a total of 4.6GB. Now I also did stuff like build things with the armel GCC compiler so there was 'file churn' of the "write a bunch of .o files, then link them" variety. But still, dead in 4 months wasn't very impressive. My Pandaboard (same sort of deal) has been going 6 months now on an 8GB SD card which is still reporting 8GB of total space available.
I really wish there was a market in budget targeted whitebox style home server arm boards. Some sort of format standard ala mitx but with 1 or 2 core 1ghz+ socs, and mix and match one or two sodims, 1gbe, msata/mpcie, usb or sata and i could envision a pretty popular ecosystem. Hell, spec it to fit a set of 3.5" disk mount holes, there's already tons of cheap cases for those everywhere.
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