Hosting a Linux Server(Linux Distribution Serving)

Asked by Daire DeDanann

I do custom PC building and have studied servers. If I am willing to build a custom server and put Ubuntu 64 bit server edition on that server is there a way to sign up to offer distributions online. I'd like to build and maintain a Linux server to distribute liberated code to people around the world. Is there a program for a person who is interested in doing this? I think we need more Linux servers on the web. Do you mind helping me? I've also noticed that for a person that is new to Linux its been difficult to find Linux support. Does Ubuntu plan of advertising more for support? I still am not conscious of where to go and I've been using Linux for some duration. If I am willing to pay for 24 hour technical support where would I find it? I haven't found any Linux stores in central Ohio. Also if I am willing to take a course on Linux where would I go for that? I once considered going to a technical school; however, they use Microsoft operating systems at the schools I investigated. I don't like using closed source operating systems. I'm religiously a Linux super user. In my beliefs its blasphemy to condone closed source operating systems. I've quit school at the community college, because I refuse to condone mental slavery. Do you mind helping me spread the liberated code to people who are seeking? Btw, most of the central Ohioans I've encountered still aren't conscious of what Linux is and the majority of them who are still think its some complicated operating system that only a computer genius is able to manage. We need to get the word out without pushing it on people. Misinformation is hindering the movement. Also... where does an open source computer programmer in training apply for an open source career opportunity? I've unplugged myself from the closed source companies and I'd like to plug in to the open source movement to spread liberated code to other people who are seeking liberation.

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Eliah Kagan (degeneracypressure) said :

Please note, especially, that you need to have enough upstream bandwidth, or it would be counterproductive rather than helpful for you to mirror. No matter how good your server machine is, if it connects to the Internet with a home cable/DSL connection, that is far too slow. (However, you could still meaningfully contribute bandwidth by seeding torrents for .iso images.)

Other operating systems will have their own separate instructions for how to become a mirror. You should check the project websites of any OSes you are interested to mirror. The generalities will likely be the same, but the specifics may differ radically.

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Daire DeDanann (daire333) said :

Its a business line with a static IP; however, the company I use currently only allows 1mbit upstream. They have switched over to dociss 3.0, but they haven't released the upgraded internet packages yet. I imagine that will come some time this year or next year. How much upstream bandwidth do I need to get involved and seed some iso images or maybe more?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You could instal a cloud server and host peoples servers for them.

There is a paid support plan available, people usually just use the community for support (as you are now)

You are completely free to charge for your services but you cannot sell Ubuntu as it is not yours to sell. You can find courses al over. A god place to start would be to complete LPI 101 and LPI 102 to give a solid background, then expand from there.

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Eliah Kagan (degeneracypressure) said :

@Daire DeDanann
"Its a business line with a static IP; however, the company I use currently only allows 1mbit upstream."

1 Mbps means that, even if we ignore TCP header and application protocol overhead, you can only upload with a combined total speed of 128 KB/s at any given time. Even if only one person tried to download from you at a time, they would probably consider that speed to be undesirably slow, considering that on,, and many Ubuntu mirrors, or with bittorrent, it's often possible to for an individual downloader to get speeds upwards of 1 MB/s (which is 8 times that speed, and for each of a number of simultaneously downloading users).

In summary, you should not mirror Ubuntu, or any operating system, with that Internet connection.

That slow upstream speed also means that you cannot offer hosting services to others as actionparsnip has suggested--your customers' sites, if popular at all, would be almost completely inaccessible and nonfunctional.

As I said before, you can still contribute to people's ability to obtain Ubuntu by seeding Ubuntu torrents. In order to maximize the degree to which you are providing a resource rather than consuming one, it would be best for you to seed torrents of Ubuntu disk images that you would yourself obtain anyway (e.g., for installation on your own machines).

"You are complete free to charge for your services but you cannot sell Ubuntu as it is not yours to sell."

I doubt Daire DeDanann wants to sell Ubuntu; the question was about how to offer it for free download on the Internet and become an official mirror. With that said, however, can you please cite some source to support your claim that individuals and businesses besides Canonical, Ltd. are legally prohibited from selling Ubuntu for profit? Such a restriction does not apply to most free open source software (though other restrictions may apply, such as a requirement to offer or provide source code).

I don't mean to be rude, but last time you said this, I asked for a citation, and you did not provide one ( Are you sure you are right about this? Please consider that this claim of yours appears to be directly contradicted by language in, which requires that software included in the main and restricted components "[m]ust allow redistribution" and clarifies the meaning of this as "[y]our right to sell or give away the software alone, or as part of an aggregate software distribution...". If all the software from which Ubuntu is made has to be sellable by anyone, it would be strange if Ubuntu wouldn't be sellable by anyone. As a related point: Much of the software in Ubuntu is also not Canonical's (they do not hold copyright on the majority of the source code for the system), yet they sell copes of Ubuntu for profit in their store. Why do you think we cannot do the same?

The only way for Canonial to legally prevent people from selling Ubuntu for profit, beisdes by including non-free software, would be to include non-free artwork and/or make the CD's "layout" proprietary like the OpenBSD project does for their official CDs ( If Canonical were doing this, why wouldn't they have mentioned it at

The ability to sell free open source software for profit, even when one is not the copyright holder and even when one is not a contributor to the software, is considered to be an essential freedom without which the software is neither free nor open source. See,, (if, on first reading, you think this says a DFSG-compatible license can prohibit someone from selling the software for profit, take a second look), and It is sometimes possible for a publisher to artificially subvert this for a distribution of free open source software by including proprietary artwork or "layout" or "design" in the distribution (are you saying Ubuntu is encumbered in this way?), but the right to sell copies applies generally to free open source software; the concept of "yours to sell" does not apply.

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