Arthur Thornton, one of the co-heads of LxCenter, will be attending HostingCon 2011 as a representative of LxCenter.
As you all know, LxCenter is a not-for-profit organization operating off of donor funds. We do not charge for our products, nor do we charge for support. We currently have about half of the money necessary to afford HostingCon and the travel expenses. At the time of HostingCon, 8th August – 10th August, we should have released a couple new versions of both Kloxo and HyperVM. In fact, at this time, we are nearing a public release of the next versions of both.
The main reasons for us to attend HostingCon would be to speak with representatives of hosting companies from around the world, as well as to garner support from those hosting companies. If we can get them to migrate over from their current solutions, we will have more users and we will definitely be able to continue development. If we can get more companies to support us, then we can get more development done faster. The main reason is that we will have more servers for development purposes. Additionally, if we get support from companies throughout the world, we will be able to provide a better experience through our download servers. As opposed to forcing every client to rely on the servers we have in the USA, we could provide more local download servers, possibly some in Europe, a couple more in North America (such as Canada and Mexico), and maybe even one or two in the Australia and Oceana region.
Additionally, the opportunity to meet with representatives in the hosting industry is an opportunity we cannot pass up.
At this time, we are asking for donations of money. We need about $350 USD to cover the costs of attendance and travel. We need that money by 14th March to get the best rates possible for the travel, as rates in the USA go up rather quickly for summertime travel.