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 desirable:
- 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!
On behalf of the whole LibreOffice community and my infrastructure colleagues, thank you very much!