Joining HCoop is easy. There's no monthly committment required. The current cost is US$7/month and payments are accepted via Paypal. Simply fill out the online application (a separate application is required for persons under the age of 18) and await approval by our Board of Directors (usually within two days).
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What We Offer
Our service is built upon Debian GNU/Linux, Kerberos, OpenAFS, and our custom services manager Domtool. Using Domtool, you can configure the behavior of your domains and sites in shared daemons without needing to request anything from a superuser. Since we provide a generic Debian GNU/Linux shell, you can write and run your own daemons in whatever programming language you fancy.
We support Free Software, releasing all of our custom software under Free licenses, and using only Free Software for our infrastructure.
|Storage||Around ten gigabytes of storage. You can request more disk space as needed; we have quotas in place to prevent over-subscription of storage and strive to grant any reasonable request so long as we have the resources for it. As we add more storage, all members benefit.|
|Bandwidth||We currently have a 5Mbps connection (95th percentile billing) burstable to 100Mbps. If your sites see less than fifty or so gigabytes of traffic per month, we can feasibly host you.|
|OpenAFS||A publicly accessible OpenAFS cell (/afs/hcoop.net/ the whole world round). This lets you access your HCoop storage as if it were local disk on every major operating system.|
|Web Hosting||General web hosting with Apache, featuring the usual languages (Perl, PHP, Python) and databases (PostgreSQL and MySQL). Unlike many providers, we'll install most anything available in Debian so you can run that Haskell web application with ease.|
|Mail hosting for unlimited domains (including webmail through Roundcube, IMAP, and POP3 access), with the ability to create virtual mailboxes for friends and family.|
|Mailing Lists||Mailing lists through GNU Mailman. Members host lists for pretty much anything: volunteer organizations, Linux User Groups, programming language development, even coordinating homebrewing sessions.|
|Shell||A shell account on a machine running Debian's latest stable release. We don't mind folks idling on Freenode, and you're free to do things like building software.|
|Etc.||Volunteers host shared services for the benefit of all members. These currently include a git server, managed MoinMoin install, and Jabber (YOU@hcoop.net). We hope to offer GNU Mediagoblin, Diaspora*, Gitorious, darcsweb, and other services in the future (or: insert your idea here).|