Hi F-Droid community,
As of this month, Rethink DNS (the resolvers,
max) serves over 300m reqs / day (ref), and consumes over 30TB in bandwidth.
The costs are significant as traffic continues to ramp up, trending towards $1500 for this month. It was ~$800 the last month, and ~$500 the month before that.
We’ve applied for grants from organizations that support privacy and security initiatives, but without much success. This isn’t unexpected for a team like ours that’s based in India (for reasons I’ll keep to myself).
I have long held the belief (see) that consumer-focused FOSS projects cannot merely rely on sponsors (individuals or otherwise), and so, I’ve always been apprehensive of asking for donations. The mounting costs, however, leaves me with no other choice than making a plea seeking financial help.
Please go here, if you’re so inclined: Stripe Checkout (it is a Stripe payment link, and accepts Credit Cards only). Unfortunately, cryptocurrency cannot be used to pay invoices (legally at least), and so, those won’t help.
PS I promise we’ll figure out a way to reduce the costs and start charging for the service to whoever would pay. Today’s announcement does not mean the free Rethink DNS resolver, despite its current predicament, is going away. I’ll continue to fund it out of my own pocket for as long as I can, as me and my friends working on this project always have.
I’d like to point out that some of the cost reductions I am already working on has been made possible due to tremendous amount of support by our main infrastructure provider, Cloudflare (
sky). The people I’m acquainted with who work there are fabulous. I am not sure if I can name names without their permission, but they know who they are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.