As the Garuda user base has expanded greatly recently, the team feels we need to explore changes that will ensure the future viability of the distro. Some of you may be aware that we are currently running almost exclusively on resources provided by Fosshost - an incredibly fantastic service which has aided us greatly in providing Garuda to our users.
As our user base has expanded greatly of late, we are currently investigating setting up our own servers for multiple reasons:
Provide more pre-compiled applications in the Chaotic-AUR and be able to keep all of these updated on a frequent basis. The Chaotic-AUR is currently short on processing power to build all applications we have in store. We would also like to be able ensure we have the capability of keeping everything up to date in case some of the nodes (as currently online) are down.
Provide more mirrors for better download speeds.
Provide more Garuda Cloud accounts: Currently ~1000 people signed up for Garuda Cloud, the current max capacity will be reached soon so signups will have to be closed. To be able to provide this service to more people, we will have to expand our capacities.
Provide backup capabilities in case of a disruption in Fosshost services.
Our ultimate goal is to be community funded while preserving a fully transparent overview of how donation money is used. We are currently looking into using OpenCollective as platform for this purpose. We hope the changes we are planning will ensure the viability of the Garuda project well into the future
To be able to formulate a workable plan for the future we would like to solicit opinions to obtain feedback from our community. We would like to ask our Garuda users to participate in the poll below to gauge how much support there is for donation based community funding of service upgrades:
- Yes, in form of one-time payment
- Yes, regularly
Also let us know what you think about these plans please!