From TuxFamilyFAQ
Jump to navigationJump to search is a French organization that promote the free software philosophy by providing services and systems to diffuse free contents : source codes, documentations, whatever...

TuxFamily is using a home made panel dedicated to mass hosting : VHFFS

Some history

TuxFamily was created in 1999 by Julien Ducros. At first, TuxFamily was just to host some friends' projects. But after a while, TuxFamily became a free hosting platform to host any free software related project. In December 2001, TuxFamily became an official association loi 1901 organization to have a legal status to protect the platform and its administrators but also to be able to accept donations to buy new hardware. This radical change in TuxFamily, helped it to provide better quality service, host more projects, and become bigger and bigger. TuxFamily became a well-known organization in the French open source scene.

By January 2004, TuxFamily was an important actor in the free software development in France. In those few years, more than 6000 persons joined the TuxFamily planet to present more than a thousand open source projects. The main goal of TuxFamily was to provide a point of presence on the Internet for free projects. Several services were offered to hosted projects : Web sites, DNS, CVS, SVN, IRC, Free online games...

In January 2004, some random crackers managed to destroy the hosting platform. Several administrators decided to stop the platform and to quit TuxFamily. However others, with fresh recruits, wanted to start a brand new hosting platform, starting from scratch and developing a completely new VHFFS panel. For a full year, the team worked hard and in january 2005, exactly one year after the fatal crash, TuxFamily was back online.

Since January 2005, TuxFamily has been continuously up and running and is always trying to provide even more services to hosted projects and their members.

The present

Today, is a French organization and internet service provider for free software related projects. We mainly run on donations (hardware, currency and bandwidth). We provide the following services for hosted people:

  • PHP7 and PHP5 web areas
  • MySQL and PostgreSQL databases
  • SVN
  • CVS
  • GIT
  • Mercurial
  • mailboxes with pop/imap/webmail
  • DNS
  • mail domains (with pop/imap/webmail)
  • mailing lists
  • 1GB download repositories
  • 200 MB quota for all project except download repositories.
  • Jabber server
  • Games servers
  • IRC server
  • NTP
  • file access through ftp, sftp, ssh

To host a project on TuxFamily, you have to go through a moderation process. It will allow the moderation crew to read your project's description and to check that your project is really a free software related project. We will accept any kind of project that have a free license (GPL/LGPL, BSD, MIT...) but also music or arts under art-libre or creative commons (CC-BY-SA,...) licenses.

Tuxfamily stats

TuxFamily is hosting more than 2500 users for more than 2200 projects.

In 2010, we have 6 administrators and 7 moderators, though not everyone is active all the time, some being active only from time to time...

The services are balanced on more than twenty servers hosted in three different locations.

The Organization has 90 members.


TuxFamily is declared at the CNIL with the number 1037126.


Main page :

Subscribe :

Information :

List of hosted projects :

List of hosted websites :

Forum :