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Make Your Own VPSes From The Command Line At MetalVPS -- Dallas, TX; Fremont, CA; Falkenstein, DE

Not_OlesNot_Oles Moderator, Patron Provider

Advantages

With MetalVPS you can:

  • enjoy command line shell accounts on multiple nodes.

  • launch multiple KVM VPSes and LXC containers from your command line shell accounts.

  • verify, understand, and modify the entire software stack which runs your VPS.

  • see what's happening on your VPS's node. For example, you can see how many VPSes there are on your node, how many other VPSes besides yours are running, and how your node is performing.

  • conveniently run a lot of pre-installed software directly on the node. For example, on Darkstar, our Dallas node, there are several graphical desktop systems including KDE and XFCE. Also, command line terminal hackers will find the OpenBSD ksh shell in addition to bash. For the curious, there's Chaitin's Lisp interpreter, MIT's Xv6 Operating System, TCL, and tons more. Plan 9 from Bell Labs is there via plan9port. Docker is installed. There is a 100 GB primary partition for debootstrap, Linux From Scratch, etc. We would love for you to add to Darkstar's resources!

Disadvantages

  • No warranty. No service level agreement. Not for business use.

  • For sure you need to make your own backups because MetalVPS doesn't make backups for you.

  • MetalVPS has no billing panel and no server control panel. It's all command line until you install a GUI or activate whatever pre-installed GUI you want. MetalVPS has no onboarding and no knowledge base.

  • MetalVPS is ephemeral. It might blow up! We might reinstall the node. Frequent reboots are required for updates. Long running services are discouraged.

Who

With a lot of help from the MetalVPS neighbors, MetalVPS is a <3 project of @Not_Oles a/k/a Tom Miller a/k/a the clueless™ guy.

As of this writing, there are six MetalVPS neighbors in Dallas of whom four have sudo privileges. The newly added FMT node is available both to existing and to new neighbors. Nobody is using the FMT node as yet.

Most of the MetalVPS neighbors don't log in very often. @Not_Oles visits multiple times every day.

Where

MetalVPS currently has nodes in Dallas, Texas and Fremont, California USA. 🇺🇸

Frequently there are additional nodes. Currently, there is an additional MetalVPS node at Hetzner FSN-1 in Germany. 🇩🇪

Why

Why not? It's fun to play with and learn about servers, operating systems, and the internet. :)

How

MetalVPS and the MetalVPS neighbors are awesome!

Today, Darkstar is running the full "everything" version of Slackware64-current. Slackware64-current requires reboots at least every week or ten days for kernel updates.

Today, the HE FMT node is running Debian 11.5. The FSN-1 node is running Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS.

Pricing

MetalVPS costs $20.22 per month. Free or lower cost accounts sometimes are possible. Payments are available via Paypal and Stripe.

What's new

Darkstar Node Specs

  • Server: HP BL460c G6

  • CPU: 2 x Xeon L5630. 2 x 4 cores = 8 cores = 16 threads

  • RAM: 48 GB DDR3 ECC

  • Hard Drive: 2 x 400GB SAS SSD, Hardware RAID 1

  • IP Addresses: IPv4/29, IPv6/64

  • Connection: 1 GBit/s port

  • Bandwidth: 10 TB

  • Datacenter: Owned hardware colocated with Level One Servers inside Carrier-1, Dallas, Texas, USA 🇺🇸

FMT Node specs

  • Server: Intel S2600GZ

  • CPU: 2 x Xeon E5-2630L v2, 2 x 6 cores = 12 cores = 24 threads

  • RAM: 32 GB DDR3 ECC (upgrade to 64 GB in process)

  • Hard Drive: 1 x 500 GB SSD, 2 x 1 TB HDD

  • IP Addresses: IPv4/28, IPv6/48

  • Connection: 1 GBit/s port

  • Bandwidth: Fair use

  • Datacenter: Hardware rented from Cloudie Networks, LLC inside Hurricane Electric Fremont 2, Fremont, California USA 🇺🇸

FSN1 Node Specs

  • CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1650 v3

  • RAM: 256 GB DDR4 ECC Reg

  • Hard Drive: 2 x 480 GB Datacenter SSD RAID 0 (fast), 2 x 10 TB Enterprise HDD (not mounted, available)

  • IP Addresses: IPv4/32, IPv6/64

  • Connection: 1 GBit/s port

  • Bandwidth: Fair use

  • Datacenter: Hardware rented from Hetzner. Located at Hetzner's FSN1 datacenter.

Support

  • Signal

  • Discord

  • Jitsi

  • Email listed on @Not_Oles' LET profile

  • Phone (US, CA, MX)

  • LET PM @Not_Oles

  • Post here in this thread

How To Sign Up

Please contact @Not_Oles.

Thanks very much! <3

Comments

  • yoursunnyyoursunny Member, IPv6 Advocate

    Offer violates rules:
    Only post offers that are less than or equal to $10/month, or equivalent recurring.

    Thanked by 1Not_Oles
  • Not_OlesNot_Oles Moderator, Patron Provider

    @yoursunny said:
    Offer violates rules:
    Only post offers that are less than or equal to $10/month, or equivalent recurring.

    If I understand correctly, the rule you cite refers to individual VPSes. What's offered here is a bundle of shell accounts with multiple VPSes.

    Best wishes and kindest regards! 🙂

  • @yoursunny said:
    Offer violates rules:
    Only post offers that are less than or equal to $10/month, or equivalent recurring.

    Thats correct.

    @Not_Oles said: If I understand correctly, the rule you cite refers to individual VPSes. What's offered here is a bundle of shell accounts with multiple VPSes.

    Then share details of bundle as well including specs of each possible vps that can be created with respective pricing. You are charging customers for a vps.

    On providers home page there are only lists of text links to lowendtalk and provider is a "Patron Provider" at LET.

  • @yoursunny said:
    Offer violates rules:
    Only post offers that are less than or equal to $10/month, or equivalent recurring.

    Is "price in title" a rule? It's certainly annoying when it isn't.

  • Not_OlesNot_Oles Moderator, Patron Provider

    @devp said: Then share details of bundle

    Hello Prashant! I hope you are enjoying a lovely day!

    Perhaps the details of the bundle are reasonably well specified? In case it's unclear, the bundle consists of shell accounts on up to two, or sometimes three or more nodes.

    as well including specs of each possible vps that can be created with respective pricing.

    The specs for VPSes are determined by the various nodes' resources and the needs of other MetalVPSians. For example, the FMT node has an IPv4 /28. Right now, nobody is using the FMT node. As you know, a /28 has 14 useable IPs, of which the node itself is using one. Therefore, a single neighbor could spin up a maximum of 13 VPSes, each with its own IPv4.

    You are charging customers for a vps.

    Is that so? :)

    @devp said: On providers home page there are only lists of text links to lowendtalk and provider is a "Patron Provider" at LET.

    Maybe you missed an Easter egg? :)

    Friendly greetings!

  • Not_OlesNot_Oles Moderator, Patron Provider

    Costs of the three nodes:

    • Darkstar -- $30/month colocation

    • FMT -- $30/month rental

    • FSN1 -- €94.70/month rental

    Unless I extend it, the FSN1 node will be cancelled on October 11. Probably it will be replaced shortly thereafter, perhaps again at Hetzner.

    Best wishes and kindest regards!

  • Is every VMs created via QEMU command line UI and LXC?

    Thanked by 1Not_Oles
  • Not_OlesNot_Oles Moderator, Patron Provider

    Hi @iamvinh123!

    Sorry, this is a necro thread. The offer and the servers discussed here are gone. Happily, there is a new, updated offer involving a new i9-13900 server node at Hetzner which I have been thinking about posting in a new thread.

    On the new node, yes, every VM is created by command line. But I suppose some neighbor could install a good open source graphical VM creation tool if he wanted.

    Maybe I will post a new offer soon. Thanks for asking!

    Best wishes!

    Tom

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