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07 March 2012, 16:06

PageKite offers free accounts for open source developers

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PageKite is offering open source projects free of charge access to their reverse-proxy service. The company says the service is to thank the Free Software community by offering "free as in beer" accounts to their service.

PageKite consists of a Python client program that communicates with the company's online service. That service then provides access from the internet to a web server running on the client system. The web server can be reached from the outside under a subdomain in the form and traffic can optionally be encrypted via SSL. PageKite can transport HTTP(S) traffic as well as other protocols like VNC.

For developers to qualify for a free account, they must be writing Free Software (as defined by the Debian Free Software Guidelines or the OSI Open Source definition), the project must have "something to do with the web" and they will need to place a link back to PageKite on their web site.

The open source barcamp organising software CampFireManager is already using a free PageKite account to provide external access to its software at conferences.


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