Ever considered running your own web server? As On Ensemble finishes upgrading our system, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the subject, and a few links to get you started in the world of Free Software!
For about 7 years now, OnEnsemble.org has been hosted on modest computers running in the various apartments I’ve inhabited. The server hums away 24/7, serving On Ensemble’s website to visitors around the world. Although it’s required quite a bit of study and a few late nights, I’ve very much enjoyed managing the server. It feels good to be a part of the internet infrastructure. I’m a big believer in the power of the internet to distribute control and power from centralized authority, to little musicians like us. It’s also quite handy to be able to create unlimited email addresses on the fly. There are no storage limitations, and no expenses above and beyond what I’d already spend for DSL service.
And it’s fun!
But it’s probably not for everyone. (more…)