As some of you might have noticed I started a discussion a couple of days ago regarding starting up a Blender-specialized render-farm. My intention was to try an provide a render-service for the Blender and OpenSource community as cheap as possible, preferably free, but after having done a lot of research myself and gotten advice from several others on the forum I have gotten to the conclusion that a purely free render probably would be impossible, and if possible it would be very hard to run, it would be crowded by freebies and thereby be much slower than a service you payed for. So I have worked to merge this into a conclusion where you get some frames rendered for free but if you are rendering large amounts of frames such as an animation or something with a lot of different frames you would have to pay. I have also gotten other suggestions. Initially I do not want to run a home-computer-cluster based farm, what I wish for the whole community is a stable and well-run traditional farm in order to maintain and be able to control the quality of hardware and software ran on the farm. Some have also expressed a wish for not having to install clients or other software on their computer in order to be using the farm, a thing I agree with for now.
But as I have been discussing and heard a lot of peoples opinions I have been able to narrow down a few ways in which this could be executed, thus the poll.
Even tho i narrowed it down to the solutions mentioned in the poll I am still more than willing to learn and listen to advice from the community as you in the end hopefully are going to be the users of this farm. I ask you to be honest in your answers in the poll and if you have any issue at all I wish for you to reply to this thread so that I can look into it and we hopefully can come down to the best solution.
For those of you wanting more information, here is the original thread:
and here is a letter I have been circulating to potential sponsors:
If you have advice, questions, meanings or anything else you want to say about this project please tell me so.