During a tutorial today on-stage at linux.conf.au, Sun Microsystems and Frontline donated a server to the KDE project, available for shipment within hours. Aaron Seigo, Plasma developer and KDE e.V President, accepted a certificate from Ross Cunningham of Sun Microsystems and David Purdue of Frontline on behalf of the KDE project.
Ross Cunningham (left) and David Purdue (right) present the certificate for the server to Aaron Seigo and Karol Szwed
The server is a SunFire X4200, with two AMD Opteron processors, 4GB of memory and a pair of 73GB SAS disks. This generous gift is part of Sun's demonstrated commitment to supporting Open Source, and thus the KDE project.
Adriaan de Groot, in an email statement made on behalf of KDE's sysadmins, thanked Sun and Frontline for their gift. "Large Free Software projects like KDE can be run on surprisingly little infrastructure, but at the same time there is always more, extra OS platform support, developer support, build farming, quality checking, that we can do with a little more machinery and horsepower. We're happy that Sun can help us do more."
While the intended purpose of the server has not yet been finalised, there has been mention of possibly using it to increase reliability and robustness of the anonsvn service.