[OSM-talk] does OSM currently really need more Money?

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Fri Jul 6 19:37:18 BST 2007

Don't overlook the fact that our current servers didn't perform very well
earlier this week when there was a bit of extra traffic caused by publicity
from the AND deal.

Also don't overlook the fact that the project is growing very rapidly (today
we reached 1000 different users editing in one month:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/stats/data_stats.html).  We will also have road
data for 41% of the planet's population that needs to be loaded up
(Netherlands, China, India and TIGER data for the US and I've heard rumours
about other countries).

Right now the servers are coping with normal load.  But in just two or three
months time they might be looking seriously underpowered.

We can wait until then, or we can plan for then.

The OSMF is there to provide funds when the community decides there is a
need for something.  I recently asked for suggestions and got a couple of
responses but not much.  Let me ask again.  What hardware does the project


On 7/6/07, Joerg Ostertag (OSM Munich/Germany) <openstreetmap at ostertag.name>
> > To answer your question: for the day-to-day operations OSM currently has
> > enough money, but could use more. The hardware is about adequate
> > currently, but we could use "more".
> That's exactly what I expected to be the answer. So for now the is no real
> need in more Money for OSM. This is great news for me.
> But it is a nice to have. This is even better:
> So lets see with which numbers NickH comes up!
> And then see how long it will take to get this money.
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