Contributed by jose on from the free-shell dept.
"I am submitting my site and yes I am aware this is a little non-PC. About 1 year ago I bought the domain open-network.net and I am an avid BSD user (Work/Play, Open/Free/Net). I have know what I wanted to do with the domain for quite a while and now I have finally done it. "
"I have setup a server offering free shell acounts, free web serving, free access to PHP/Perl/MySQL, IRC access and whatever else people want. I'm not trying to get a customer list or sell ads or anything like that. I am trying to give back to the internet what free BBS's back in the early 90's gave to me. Unrestricted access to information and an evergrowing supply of places to visit.This sounds kind of cool. Way back when I started on the Internet something like this would have been welcome. Now, it's just handy to have a shell account someplace you can get to without the hassel of administering a box.
I call the site http://shells.open-network.net and an open network it will attempt to be. It is currently only one machine although I may add a second next week. I am inviting adventurous individuals with spare hardware and thier own bandwidth to join the network. If you don't have the machine or bandwidth, I'm sure someone will provide a place for you to play.
I am doing this for 2 reasons. Number one, "because I can", and number 2 because I am sick of paying for shell access to a machine I can't do anything on or there is nothing to do on. I want to create a network from which everyone can learn and play in a relatively safe environment.
Have fun, Scott"
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