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Is it possible to run a linux server from home on my personal machine. The VPS seems bit expensive at this stage. I dont have a big user base but on a share hosting my php based script (socialengine) runs very slow.

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Parminder

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yes it is possible. –  Aivan Monceller Jul 17 '11 at 13:54
    
Your ISP probably won't like you, as @kobaltz says. –  new123456 Jul 17 '11 at 22:53

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Yes, you can. But there are some caveats:

  1. you should get a static IP address from your ISP. If you don't have one, you'll need to look into a dynamic-DNS provider to keep your web-site online and tied to your DNS entry for it.

  2. The problem with at-home servers is the upload bandwidth is typically low. So if you don't have too many users, you'll be fine. But if you're web pages are serving a lot of data (eg, images) or if you have a lot of users it'll start causing problems. It will never "feel" as fast as hosted system in a data-exchange, but most people won't complain.

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Don't forget that a lot of home ISPs will prevent you from having servers. They typically cannot monitor port 80 or 443, but they may shut you down if you have a FTP, SSH, SMTP, POP, etc. –  kobaltz Jul 17 '11 at 15:13

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