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Can you help the FSF get colocated hosting?

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Jan 17, 2012 05:26 PM
If you know a Boston-area company or institution that could offer us colocated hosting and bandwidth, we could use your help!

At the FSF, we've been fortunate enough the last several years to have hosting and bandwidth donated by Global NAPs in Quincy, Massachusetts.

This generous donation has enabled us to provide many services to the free software community, like mailing list and code hosting, without taking from the financial support we receive from our thousands of individual donors to do important free software advocacy work. All of our public-facing web sites have been hosted at Global NAPs, including www.gnu.org, lists.gnu.org, savannah.gnu.org, and www.fsf.org.

We're very thankful to them for their many years of support!

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and we now need to find colocated hosting and bandwidth elsewhere in the Boston area.

This is a great opportunity for a company or institution to give back to the free software community, and make a direct, tangible contribution to free software development. Every dollar we don't have to spend on hosting is a dollar we can spend protecting and advancing software freedom. We will recognize hosting donors at http://patron.fsf.org, and in a public announcement of thanks.

Our timeline for moving is very short -- we need to know our plans by the end of this month. Please contact us at sysadmin@gnu.org if you might be able to offer colocated hosting and bandwidth, and we can talk in more detail about what's needed. While we strongly prefer something in the Boston-area, it would be good to hear about other possibilities as well.

If you're not able to donate hosting, but are able to chip in to help with this unexpected potential expense, please join as a member or make a donation.

Thank you,
John Sullivan
Executive Director
Free Software Foundation

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