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

Some history

TuxFamily was created in 1999 by Julien Ducros. First, TuxFamily was a small structure to host some friend's projects. After a while, TuxFamily become a free hosting platform to host any free software related project. In December 2001, TuxFamily became an official French organization to have a legal status to protect the platform and administrators but also to collect donations to by new hardware. This radical change in TuxFamily, helps it to provide a better quality service and host more and more project, becoming bigger and bigger. TuxFamily slowly become a well known organization in the French open source scene.

Until January 2004, TuxFamily was an important actor in the free software development in France. During those few years, more than 6000 peoples joined the TuxFamily planet to present more than 1000 open source projects. The main goal of TuxFamily was to provide a point of presence on the internet for free project. Several services were proposed to hosted people : Web sites, DNS, CVS, SVN, IRC, Free online games..

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

Since January 2004, TuxFamily is still up and running and always trying to provide more and more services to hosted peoples.

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:

  • PHP4 and PHP5 web aeras
  • MySQL and PostgreSQL databases
  • SVN
  • CVS
  • mailboxes with pop/imap/webmail
  • DNS
  • mail domains (with pop/imap/webmail)
  • mailing lists
  • 1Go download repositories
  • 100 Mo quota for all project except download repositories.
  • Jabber server
  • IRC server
  • NTP

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,...) license.

Tuxfamily stats

TuxFamily is hosting more thant 800 projects. We have 4 administrators and 2 moderators The services are balanced on more than twelve servers hosted in three different places. The Organization have 22 members.


TuxFamily is declared at the CNIL with the number 1037126.


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