[okfn-discuss] Most "open" way of registering a domain/get a hosting?

Nils Toedtmann nils.toedtmann at okfn.org
Wed Jan 4 14:08:34 UTC 2012

On 01/04/2012 01:49 PM, Hanssens Bart wrote:
> Not sure if it is wat you are looking for, but maybe Gandi.net is worth considering.
> They support creative commons, the EFF  and some open source projects.
> http://www.gandi.net/supports/

At OKF we recently changed to Gandi.net as our domain registrar. One 
reason was that they are very friendly to 'Open' projects. So far, our 
experiences are good.

Your question about hosting is too unspecific. Recommendations would 
depend on your needs: Are you looking for shared webhosting or virtual 
machines or bare metal? Are you talking 1, 10 or 100 machines? Should 
they be managed? Do you need a cloud API? How much performance is 
needed? Is low cost more important than good support?

That said, some observations:

  * When it comes to bare metal, hetzner.de is very cheap, has a good 
infrastructure and OKish support. Many OSS projects live there. 
Unbeatable if you are willing to setup virtualisation hosts yourself.

  * RackSpace has very good support (compared to other hosters), and are 
the main driver behind the OSS cloud project OpenStack.org

  * Gandi, known to be friendly to "open" projects, recently started to 
offer hosting as well. I have no experience with that yet.

Hope that helps.


> From: okfn-discuss-bounces at lists.okfn.org [okfn-discuss-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Laura Newman [laura.newman at okfn.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 1:29 PM
> To: Fabio Barone
> Cc: info at okfn.org; OKFN Help; Open Knowledge Foundation discussion list
> Subject: Re: [okfn-discuss] Most "open" way of registering a domain/get a       hosting?
> Dear Fabio,
> Thanks very much for your email. Firstly, apologies for the delayed reply - a lot of people have been away over the Christmas break.
> I have circulated your query to our discussion and help lists. Perhaps some people there may have good suggestions for the most open way to register a domain name or may be able to recommend specific hosting providers.
> In the meantime, thanks for getting in touch and Happy New Year!
> Kind regards,
> Laura
> On Sun, Dec 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM, Fabio Barone<holon.earth at gmail.com<mailto:holon.earth at gmail.com>>  wrote:
> first congrats for the great work.
> I visited the OKCon in Berlin 2011, and loved it.
> I have a question:
> What is in your opinion the most "open" way to get a domain name
> registered, meaning which registrars offer options which are most akin
> our "open" way of thinking?
> Are there also any hosting providers which can be recommended?
> Thanks a lot
> fabio
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