No cost FreeBSD shell accounts online

Having an online *BSD shell account is great for experimenting with BSD, network debugging or testing environments. There is a number of shell providers available for different flavours of BSD.

If you want to sign up with any do some research with regards to available RAM, speed of the machine, type of processor and server connection speed.

HP Testdrive seems to be one of the better ones, if not the best. If offers plenty of choice with regards to operating systems, have massive servers with plenty of RAM and fast processors.

BSD Talk has a short introduction on free online shells (BSD Talk 8) and a couple of links to providers.

I’d also like to mention the MTV Europe shell project. Though online only part-time and not free for FreeBSD (yet) it comes with a few extras.

I got one server with FreeBSD installed, which is available for access during weekends. If more than 20 people will subscribe I can keep it running 24/7.

4 thoughts on “No cost FreeBSD shell accounts online

  1. Eric says:

    Hi. Unfortunately, HP’s Test Drive has been shut down.


    Account registration for the TestDrive Program is currently disabled due to the shutdown of the program. If you need a similar service to what TestDrive offered, please sign up with HP’s Developer & Solution Partner Program (DSPP) and try our new HP Partner Virtualization Program (PVP).

  2. Mark - RootBSD says:

    It looks like the HP testdrive program is no longer. When you click the link to signup, it says:

    Account registration for the TestDrive Program is currently disabled due to the shutdown of the program. If you need a similar service to what TestDrive offered, please sign up with HP’s Developer & Solution Partner Program (DSPP) and try our new HP Partner Virtualization Program (PVP).

    I was actually surprised at the possibility that they might have the program still available considering how much fraud, spam and abuse they would have to deal with as a free shell provider.

  3. Jan Prunk says:

    MTVeurope FreeBSD server is open for the signup. You can find details on how to sign up on provided link, to make it simple, you either need to send a postcard, which are being sold in souvenir shops or request an e-mail activation, which is done right after donation.

    Jan (admin)

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