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Beta-Testing New LowEndTalk - an OSQA-Powered QA Site

I have posted on LowEndTalk last week, and am now just relaying the same message here on this blog. I am setting up a new LowEndTalk, the community website for this blog. Instead of going with one of well-tested forum software, I was keen on being experimental and set up a site using OSQA instead. It’s all “experimental” — first time setting up a proper Django site, code straight from subversion trunk, etc. And here it is:


The rational going for a QA site

  • Hey, it’s trendy. Quora? StackOverflow?
  • Voting, points and badges are fun.
  • It fits into the model where people ask question about getting their low end boxes up and running.

That also means providers should not post their offers in LowEndTalk anymore. Which does not work anyway as I have been deleting “ads” that do not fit into our listing criteria (they should probably be called spams). If you get a special offer for LowEndBox readers, contact me with your offers.

The site will be beta-testing for the next couple of days, and switch over in the first week of December.

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  1. Looking very good LEA :)

    November 22, 2010 @ 4:11 am | Reply
  2. Just FYI you’ve got dev.lowendbox.com as the URL for the image link instead of dev.lowendtalk.com :)

    November 22, 2010 @ 4:25 am | Reply
  3. Snape:

    Hosted at Linode? Really? Ah, I’m in despair, you’re betrayed the spirit of lowendbox.com! ;)

    November 22, 2010 @ 5:09 am | Reply
  4. @Hughesey — thanks. Fixed.

    @Snape — I just *happen* to have too much Linode referrals that the box is pretty much free for me at the moment. Also I wasn’t too sure how much memory would this stack use (unlike WordPress which I have worked with for quite a while). There is also NO WAY I can squeeze that into my 80MB Xen VPS at QuickWeb…

    I’ll move to a true low end box when I take it out from dev. Just need to figure out which provider to go with :)

    November 22, 2010 @ 5:17 am | Reply
    • Why not host it on the same server as LEB?

      November 25, 2010 @ 7:57 pm | Reply
      • Sorry but I am that good in fitting both a Django and a PHP site onto limited amount of RAM…

        November 25, 2010 @ 10:33 pm | Reply
  5. how much memory is the whole stack using out of curiosity

    November 22, 2010 @ 5:39 am | Reply
    • Currently around 110MB RSS. That’s base OS + MySQL + Nginx front end + gunicorn master + 3x gunicorn/Django worker processes. I probably don’t need 3 workers (each at ~25MB RSS).

      November 22, 2010 @ 6:03 am | Reply
      • ZAY:

        Any chance you could share how to set it up on NGINX + gunicorn? I am thinking of setting up the same stuff on my Quickweb VPS as well…

        January 31, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | Reply
        • ZAY:

          Right now my apache is going really really slow…:(

          January 31, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply
  6. Awesome Bro!

    November 22, 2010 @ 6:42 am | Reply
  7. Cool, can you post URL to the new beta?

    November 22, 2010 @ 8:34 am | Reply
  8. Matt T.:

    Looks nicer & more functional too.

    November 22, 2010 @ 8:36 am | Reply
  9. I tried OSQA and eventually went with its close relative Askbot. Both had problems, but Askbot is dead easy to install in a Python virtualenv.

    What table type are you using with MySQL? Django with MySQL defaults to not wrapping a transaction around the generation of each page.

    November 22, 2010 @ 10:16 am | Reply
    • I actually also tried AskBot. Yes it’s just an easy_install away but I do prefer OSQA personally.

      And these are just MyISAM at the moment.

      November 22, 2010 @ 10:28 am | Reply
  10. ZTEC:

    Very cool, I hope it will stick :)

    November 22, 2010 @ 11:41 am | Reply
  11. I like it, works well, nice format.

    Can see it being a great resource to complement this site.

    November 22, 2010 @ 12:59 pm | Reply
  12. Very Nice~Awesome Bro!

    November 22, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | Reply
  13. Brian:

    This is awesome. :)

    November 22, 2010 @ 5:09 pm | Reply
  14. Brendan Sleight:

    Nice to see django mentioned. It all I run on my Low-End-boxes.

    November 22, 2010 @ 11:33 pm | Reply
    • Yeah. I might want to look at some Django development next year. Too much “magic” to my liking but I guess it does not hurt when you are short of time.

      November 22, 2010 @ 11:39 pm | Reply
  15. flyah:


    Is it easy to install OSQA? Do you have some sort of a guide? Can you please share the URL?


    November 26, 2010 @ 5:05 am | Reply
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