one of the most valueable assets of The Document Foundation, the
charitable entity behind LibreOffice, clearly is its infrastructure. It
provides the grounds where the community develops, markets, designs,
improves and offers its free office suite for download.
That's why it comes to no surprise that the infrastructure budget is one
of the largest spendings. As of today, we spend about 700 € per month on
infrastructure, which is more than 50% of our regular monthly operations
budget - quite a lot for a foundation of our size.
The last months, the community has grown rapidly, and so we will also
have an upward trend with regards to infrastructure, with costs growing
more and more.
Therefore, we would like to take the opportunity to ask for
infrastructure sponsors. Internet service providers, webhosters,
universities and corporations can contribute to the success of
LibreOffice. You can support the further development and growth of the
community and the product, by sponsoring the use of dedicated machines
for LibreOffice purposes.
Due to our setup, we specifically look for dedicated machines ("rented
root servers") that we can use. Virtual servers or shared webhosting
unfortunately won't fit.
As a rough estimation, here are some technical details on what would be
* Quadcore CPU
* 32 GB RAM, ideally with ECC
* two hard disks with 1,5 TB/each for RAID1; smaller SSDs also welcome
* one dedicated IPv4 address
* one IPv6 subnet (/64 or larger)
* automated reset service
* remotely bootable rescue system
* no extra fees for traffic (we approximately use between 2 and 5 TB on
an average machine and month); forced traffic shaping after a certain
threshold is fine
* ideally, 1 Gbit/s bandwith instead of 100 Mbit/s
Support of any kind towards our infrastructure efforts is highly
welcome, and we would like to thank everyone for their contributions!
If you would like to support our efforts, or have further questions,
feel free to ask our infrastructure team at
firstname.lastname@example.org or ping me directly.
On behalf of the whole LibreOffice community and my infrastructure
colleagues, thank you very much!
Florian Effenberger, Chairman of the Board (Vorstandsvorsitzender)
Tel: +49 8341 99660880 | Mobile: +49 151 14424108
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