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Geffers

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If anyone is in to Cloud computing Oracle.com/uk are offering an Always Free scheme, on the site just search for OCI Cloud Free Tier.

Tried it, get 200GB of space, how they can offer that for free I don't know, the space can be used for storage (I think) but has to form part of an operating system. Seems to run Wondows too but think there is a cost involved for that.

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I’m always deeply sceptical of anything from Oracle, because they are *very* good at stitching people up on licensing and pricing, though they seem to have respected the situation of the things they acquired from Sun (VirtualBox, MySQL etc.)

I had a read looking for the gotcha and couldn’t see it - but I have to say it smells a bit. The promises on price and performance vs AWS seem in the category of almost too good to be true.

I suspect if you stay in the free tier comfortably you’ll be fine but if you step over the boundaries of the free tier you’ll get uncomfortably quoted.
 

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They’re not really buddies either, Oracle only ended up with MySQL after MySQL AB sold itself to Sun Microsystems then Oracle bought Sun out.

That final acquisition is why MariaDB exists, because its founder didn’t like that Oracle owned it. Oracle stands to gain out of driving MySQL’s roadmap to not compete with its own (vastly more) expensive RDBMS.

You can see which of Sun’s things Oracle cared about: OpenOffice has been handed off to Apache, Solaris was mostly put out to pasture I believe, VirtualBox is getting some love, as is Java, but MySQL got the most love of all. Because Larry needs another yacht.
 

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They say - the charge/credit card used to register for the Free Tier is just used for authentication and no details are kept, there seems no details of any payment method (to alter or delete) if registered for the free service, apparently this is only recorded if you upgrade.

For the time being I am just practicing with the cloud based creating so not using anywhere near 200GB - warnings noted though highlighted in this thread, there is no such thing as a free lunch :cool:

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You can also try AWS if you want to get into cloud. They have free for a year and always free services that might be just enough to have a play and get a feel for the service.

Be very careful when you enable anything though, as you can be stung for hundreds of dollars a month if you enable the wrong thing. ALWAYS check the pricing page for everything before enabling it.
 

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Well, I've signed up and having a go. Terminology bit confusing (found Digital Ocean quite easy) but I've created a couple of usable systems, deleted, recreated. Got a simple web site going.

So far looks useful.

Also set up a proxy for the Signal messenger group, enables users to bypass any Government blocking. This can run 24/7, at this stage not sure if it survives a reboot as it runs in a Docker container. The only containers I know are usually on the back of an artic.

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Oh, you've got it going, excellent! I assume you've selected some flavour of Linux and Apache? Is it a LAMP server, perhaps?

Terminology bit confusing (found Digital Ocean quite easy)
It's definitely at an "advanced" level and I had to concentrate a fair bit to learn it, too. If you need help with your AWS adventures, I'm sure I can help. If stuff is a little sensitive, like IP addresses etc, just PM me.
 

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Oh, you've got it going, excellent! I assume you've selected some flavour of Linux and Apache? Is it a LAMP server, perhaps?
They have their own version of Linux under the banner of Oracle-Linux but also have Ubuntu, Centos and a couple of others. Oddly not Debian although Ubuntu based on Debian.

As for LAMP, I installed apache manually but don't need (yet anyway) MySQL and PHP so that will do me.

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