On 31 Jan 1996, Kai Henningsen wrote:
> Of course, there are other cost factors.
Yes, there are I guess. The name server for debian.org is at "Metropolitan
Data Networks, Ltd." They are a for profit ISP. Therefore they must be
charging someone for the name service. Their web page says they charge
$5/month per IP address for "Full Domain Routing". The debian.org domain
consists of 3-4 hosts, so that would sum up to $15-$20 per month. I might
be completely wrong. It's only my guess.
> I expect the real cost with setting up developer aliases would be the mail
> flow through the machine used for this. I have no real idea how much mail
> that would be.
I think it is more complicated than that. It seems there is no machine
called "debian.org". There is "ftp.debian.org", whose real name is
"bugs-2.cps.cmich.edu" and "master.debian.org", which is connected to
"hplabs.bbnplanet.net". It seems that ftp.debian.org is having some
serious troubles. There is a worrisome posting from Matthew Bailey about
the need of donations for it. I don't know who maintains
master.debian.org because I missed the discussion in debian-private about it.
I really think someone with more knowledge should clarify all this. If
the Debian project is having financial difficulties, I would like to know.
I think it is a good project and I don't want it to die just because of
lack of funds. I think we should find a way to raise funds for the project.
I might be wrong again, but it looks to me that way.