I’m wondering if DreamHost is the right host for me. I’m a slightly different sort of user. Yeah, I have a website I wanted hosted, of course. But what I’m primarily looking for is a Shell Account, where I can have my homedir-away-from-home and read my email via command line interface.
So is anyone here using DH that way? I’ve talked to a couple of DH customers who have said they have good experience with shell accounts here, but they haven’t been exercising them too thoroughly. I’m not sure any of them are using CLI email programs here.
On one hand, I’m not looking for anything all that fancy, and certainly nothing evil. (I’m not an IRC user and I don’t have daemons I want to run or anything. Maybe a nightly cron job.)
On the other hand, I am going to want to have my shell configuration just so – I’ve got thousands of lines of dotfiles (mostly .procmailrcs, cuz I’m an email addict. and I’m going to want to spend hours upon hours at a time connected, running emacs.
The TOS says “The customer agrees to make use of DreamHost Web Hosting servers primarily for the purpose of hosting a website, and associated email functions.” Would my intended usage fit with what DH is OK with? The TOS goes on to say that they don’t want anyone hogging processing power. That’s certainly fair enough, but I don’t have a sense whether my hanging out, reading and writing email, developing (e.g. writing CGIs for my website), etc. is considered OK usage.