Wikipedia is giving away its old servers

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11 Responses to “Wikipedia is giving away its old servers”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Excellent – now that’s green in action.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Im sure most of these machines were just nodes on web server cluster with shared SAN storage or something similar. Which would explain the small hard drives.

  3. BrendanBabbage says:

    “We are not donating these servers to private individuals for personal use.”

    This is wrong.
    They profit plenty off of us with the ads and the first X dozen links for most searches being spam/ad or worse sites.

    Myself I’d like one or two of these to hook up to my render engine. PoserPro 2010 handles these things so a few of these server racks to run network renders…

    • Anonymous says:

      uhhh there is no advertising on wikipedia and they are a non-profit…

    • Anonymous says:

      Wikipedia is run by the non-profit organization Wikimedia foundation. Much of their staff is volunteers.

      They don’t run any ads on their site, only a banner asking for donations from time to time.

  4. Roy Trumbull says:

    Much depends on the config software. Sometimes drives have been replaced by bigger ones in the market and the smaller ones are no loner made. In some systems the only way you can make a new drive useful is to have the server treat it as a smaller drive. That’s the main gotcha I’ve seen.

  5. hadlock says:

    Those are pretty high server specs for pretty underwhelming hard drive sizes. I wonder who in Wikimedia purchasing is in bed with an enterprise server salesman.

    • Anonymous says:

      I suspect those are SCSI drives, which would explain the relatively small drive capacities. What is unusual is that it sounds like they’re not RAIDed–now, that *is* surprising.

    • Anonymous says:

      The hard drives probably only load the boot image, 80gb drives are ATA not SCSI. They do not need to be fast, or redundant. Clusters store their data on the SAN not in the server. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia#Software_and_hardware

    • ZachPA says:

      You’d be even more appalled to find out that many of those hard drives are actually short-stroked. That’s where the administrator has deliberately restricted the partition to the first 10, maybe 20 percent of the drive in order to reduce the amount of movement the drive’s arm needs to make to read and write data.

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