After venager just shut me down without a warning (before that i get kicked out by hetzner), there was some time my tracker was offline. Now it's back again and is hosted by hosteurope. I'm really curios how long. I just hope there're some guys in this company which understand that filesharing is not a crime.
Two weeks ago Hetzner shutdown my tracker and the whole machine with 3 Xen instances on it. First they wanted to know what kind of service produces so much abusemails (about 107 in 3 months). I answered them that I'm running a bittorent tracker and that it's completely legal. The answer from Hetzner was short: P2P is forbidden by our terms. I'm kinda wondering if they know what P2P means. I mean a tracker is just an HTTP server on some crude port.
After two weeks being offline, I found a very nice hoster called vanager. I spoke with the company representants last week in Berlin at LinuxTag. They offered everyone who were visiting LinuxTag 6 month free VPS testing. I asked them if they have a problem with me running an opentracker on their server. They assured me that i can do it and they won't be abused by the masses of abuse mails, that such service produces. Yesterday I registered a VPS at vanager and since then the tracker is up and running again.
It seems like I didn't loose the users at all. Just 5 minutes after fixing DNS, dozens of connections appeared in iftop. I'm glad to offer the tracker service again and hope it will run awhile without the interference of some strange support folks who don't understand the difference between peer to peer and http.
Yesterday I set up opentracker on my new dedicated machine , so you can now announce your torrents to this tracker http://tracker.kalkin.de:6969/announce. Here is also an simple tracker site http://tracker.kalkin.de
Please use it in your torrentfiles and spread the word about it. I want to see how the tracker generates more and more traffic.