[tor-relays] Exit nodes on a Gandi VPS

Eric van der Vlist vdv at dyomedea.com
Fri Nov 15 20:47:08 UTC 2013

Le vendredi 15 novembre 2013 à 17:15 +0100, Lunar a écrit :
> Eric van der Vlist:
> > I am a (happy) Gandi customer and I'd like to support the Tor project by
> > setting up an exit node on one of their VPS
> > (https://www.gandi.net/hosting/iaas).
> > 
> > As mentioned on the list of Good/bad ISPs,
> > (https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/GoodBadISPs Gandi
> > does accept Tor exit nodes. I have contacted their technical support who
> > said they did support the Tor project but wouldn't ne able to do
> > specific ARIN declarations and that it would be my responsibility to be
> > reactive to abuse complaints.
> > 
> > Despite this perspective (and Julien Robin's bad experience) I am still
> > willing to give it a try.
> > 
> > Gandi have data centers in Paris (France), Luxembourg and Baltimore (US)
> > that I can use with the same cost and efforts and I am wondering which
> > of these locations would be more useful for the community.
> Gandi is currently sponsoring a 25 Mbit/s exit node [1] for
> Nos Oignons [2]. (There should be a formal announcement soon.)

That's good news indeed.

> The offer came after a high burst of complaints from several Tor relay
> operators who became unable to continue hosting a relay given the new
> billing policy that started in June [3]. If you can afford to run a
> relay there, that's great, but it is likely to be quite costly.

Without bandwidth limitation that's true. OTH, I currently consume only
~ 50 Gbits/month and the limit is 500 Gbits. Would a relay limited to
let's say 200 or 300 Gbits/month still be useful for the community?

Or would it be more useful to host entry points?

> Let's hope Gandi will be able to sponsor more bandwidth in the future as
> the AS could probably support a little bit more of the Tor network [4].

Yes. An option could be to suggest them to sell "Tor support credits"
which could be more efficient both for them and for us than having
individuals running their own Tor exit nodes.

> [1] https://atlas.torproject.org/#details/7F2CD6BD548C5FFA09B20A0C5CB07893C9451653
> [2] https://nos-oignons.net/
> [3] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/tor-relays-fr/2013-05/msg00005.html
>     (in french)
> [4] https://compass.torproject.org/#?ases=AS29169&top=-1

Thanks for your answer and the pointers !


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