[tor] Wikimedia decommissioned servers

Andy Isaacson adi at hexapodia.org
Tue Oct 11 21:31:57 UTC 2011

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 02:02:58PM -0700, aestetix aestetix wrote:
> If the machines don't get used, I think the appropriate step would be to
> return them, with thanks, to the Wikimedia foundation so they can be used
> for someone else's project.
> What are the chances they would not get used? If people here think they are
> high, I can go ahead and send them an email with "thanks, but no need" and
> save a lot of trouble.

I think there's a very high chance the machines won't get used.  I agree
with Rubin that we don't want to have random machines racked up at
Noisebridge with nobody signed up to maintain them and cover their
operating expenses.

The noisetor project is currently structured with rented machines and
VMs.  We don't currently need donated machines, and new nodes that we'd
spin up would only save perhaps $50/month using donated hardware versus
rented hardware; the upside of rented machines is that hardware failures
will be replaced by the vendor, whereas with donated machines the node
would be down until we ship them a replacement machine.


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