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By: falcon | January 17, 2017

In setting up this service, I put my own time and money into it without expecting anything in return.


I intend to create an environment which supports learning how to use unix-like systems, learning programming, and learning how computers work at a better level than most people do.


I did not set up the service for criminals to take advantage of innocent people.  I recently invited the police over to my house to investigate suspicious activity on my server, something I was greatly displeased with having to do.  But I will do it again if necessary.


If there was ever an idea that a free shell service is a safe place to commit crimes without anyone noticing or caring, THIS IS NOT THE CASE HERE.


There is only so much that one can do to pre...

By: falcon | January 09, 2017

On December 31st, 2016, I changed the network scheme for the server.  It was set to DMZ and now it is not.  I forwarded ports 22 and 80 for the essential functioning of my shell service.  This effectively closed all other incoming ports for users of the server.  Quite a few of the users were running IRC bouncers, and I am aware that this has interrupted service for those users.


Since one of the reasons to close the ports was for increased security, I need to take some time to get a better understanding of the security issues surrounding this before I make a decision.  Originally, my intention was to provide an environment for learning and practice at the command line, which really doesn't need any ports to be opened.


On the other hand, if I o...

By: falcon | December 07, 2016

Well the server has been up for about a month without any problems.  We now have 23 users registered.  My next task is to find an IRC channel or to install my own IRC server for us to chat in.


When I first launched the server, I was really excited to be doing something that I had wanted to do for years.  I eagerly awaited new users, checking several times each day for new applications.  Yet around the 20th of November I began to lose interest in my server.  Sure, excitement doesn't last forever, but you're probably wondering why so soon?


Well truth be told, I suffer from depression which really gets in the way of my enjoyment of life and inhibits productivity when it gets bad.  But I am reminded that my service, even though it is free of char...

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Tags: shell, server, bandwidth 

By: falcon | November 15, 2016

I was reflecting on my time spent looking for free shell accounts a few years ago, and I remembered all the trouble that I went through trying to get one.


I was really surprised by the amount of red tape involved in applying for a shell account on many sites.  I couldn't believe the idea that somebody wants a postcard sent to them in order to grant a free shell.  Then there were sites where you were supposed to get a vouch or two from other members.  I quickly grew hopeless with those as the resident members were rude and cocky.  And lastly, needing a "good" reason to get a shell has baffled me -- to this day, I still can't figure out what a "good" reason is.


There were some providers that did give me a shell, but I quickl...

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Tags: shell, registration 

By: falcon | November 13, 2016

I am happy to announce that the "Your Free Shell" server is now up.  From what little interest there has been so far, the main preference has been for a Debian OS.  So I have installed the latest Debian, version 8.6.  I will continue to accept requests for any package to be installed on the system.  So if you haven't already signed-up for an account, feel free to do so!

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Tags: shell, server 

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