Setting up a kink instance, help required, boosts good, replies even better 

So, I'm thinking of setting up a kink instance for various reasons and was wondering what a good hosting service would be for such a thing.

The requirements would be: as much control over the server as possible including being able to choose what mastodon version/fork to use and possibly other config files for the OS or web server and firewall itself, basically need it to be as secure as possible and I am not sure if I completely trust others to do that for me.

Not in the hands of 'big tech', so if possible nothing owned by google, microsoft, amazon etc.

Good enough spec/bandwidth for an instance of a few so that it doesn't run too slow and/or runs out of space/bandwidth.

Relatively cheap.

Thank you!

Setting up a kink instance, help required, boosts good, replies even better 

@photonicfae
I have a self-hosted raspberrypi instance on fiber, thats a good start.
Also if digital ocean is small enough they are pretty good for hosting instances.
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re: Setting up a kink instance, help required, boosts good, replies even better 

@guysoft @photonicfae
Our instance is hosted on Digital Ocean. I gave it a $40/mo. server -- but we have over a thousand users, so that's probably more than you need?

Gripes about DigOc:

  • no way to download snapshots
  • can't move resources from personal account to team account

Other than that, they've been pretty good -- but I haven't tried any other virtual hosting services yet, and there are quite a few.

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