Feathur Launch (VPS Control Panel => 0.6.0.1 => Free For Private Use)
Alright so today we're launching Feathur (beta). As part of this launch we're opening up the GitHub and we're releasing our panel to the public. I'll start off with a quick Q & A, branch off into where to obtain a copy and then cover the future of Feathur.
Basic Description: Feathur is a VPS control panel based on PHP. Typical Feathur installers create a linux based nginx, php and mysql system (LEMP) with a built in PHPMyAdmin and control VPS via SSH connections. Feathur is designed to have global administrators and individual users. Each administrator can control all of the VPS in the system. Each user can control any VPS assigned to them by an administrator.
Q: What virtualizations does Feathur support?
A: Feathur currently supports OpenVZ and KVM.
Q: What does Feathur cost?
A: Feathur is FREE for private use. If you'd like to use Feathur commercially (EG: sell VPS) we offer licenses at $3.50 per server per month. There are no upfront fees or additional costs, just $3.50 per server per month. You can install and test out Feathur without purchasing a license.
Q: If I need support where can I find it?
A: We offer unpaid voluntary support via:
- Our Forums (http://forum.feathur.com)
- Our IRC Channel (irc.obsidianirc.net #feathur)
We offer paid support for those who have a license via ticket on our site. (http://feathur.com)
Q: Is the code viewable/editable?
A: Yes our code is viewable via: https://github.com/BlueVM/Feathur
If you want to contribute you're more than welcome to. If you want to modify Feathur to better suit your needs you're welcome to.
Q: What license is Feathur released under?
A: We had to write our own custom license. It's viewable at: https://github.com/BlueVM/Feathur/blob/develop/License.v1.txt
We aren't lawyers, we aren't pretending to be... if you have a suggested change to it let us know.
Q: What prevents me from stealing Feathur's code and using it in another panel?
A: In reality: nothing, but we'd greatly appreciate it if you didn't. Technically our license prevents you from stealing our code to resell it, but at the same time we hope you're a nice person and choose to pay for our code.
Q: Has Feathur's code been externally audited?
A: Yes, we've had it externally audited by a team of 4 separate individuals and most notably Vlad from Safe or Not.
Q: Does Feathur have any bugs?
A: Yes, it has a few known bugs, but most software does. We feel confident that Feathur is ready for day-to-day use without the need for outside support.
Q: Is there a SolusVM converter? Is there a WHMCS module?
A: Yes to both questions.
Q: Does Feathur support rDNS? TUN/TAP? PPP? IP Tables?
A: Yes to all of these...
Q: I like your project, how can I support it?
A: If you can afford it consider purchasing a license of Feathur (it's $3.50 a month). We've spent a large amount of our own time and money (yes it costs money to have people audit Feathur and to pay for the design, etc... a lot infact). If you can't afford to donate, encourage your hosting provider to switch, contribute to our code, or just link to our site on your blog/twitter. All of the support is greatly appreciated.
Q: If you're charging commercial providers for Feathur, why are you asking for support from the community?
A: When we decided on a price for Feathur we could have gone with the industry standard, but instead we decided to release it with as little cost to the end user as possible (free/$3.50 if you're a provider). We did this so that the community could benefit from the project and the project would take in enough money to help pay for itself. We'll likely never make money on Feathur, but we'd appreciate recognition for our contribution to the community.
How to obtain a copy:
We've prepared several setup guides which are available on our wiki (click here).
Debian 6 Master
CentOS 6 Master
CentOS 6 OpenVZ Slave
CentOS 6 KVM Slave
Ubuntu 10.04 - 14.04 KVM Slave
You can choose to install the master and the slave on the same physical machine if you don't have a separate VPS/server to run Feathur's master server on. (Who here doesn't have a VPS sitting around idling?)
What's in the Future of Feathur?
We will be releasing updates at least every 2 weeks with new features, bug patches, etc... We will likely release patches and updates every few days and thanks to our update system they'll automatically be downloaded from our gthub within 15 minutes after we make them.
We plan on supporting backups, xen, virtual box, lxc and tons of smaller features. We'll be releasing an update which will allow users to download/upload backups of their own VPS as well as the ability for users to upload their own KVM ISOs (based on administrator preference).
We also have a new design in the works: http://prntscr.com/22g1ns
License Checker: http://check.feathur.com
Questions, comments, thanks, etc... let us know