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Welcome to the SRCF!

The Student-Run Computing Facility is a volunteer-run student society that provides free, useful and flexible computing and network services for University of Cambridge staff and students of all degrees of ability.

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Message of the day

45) 03.06.2020 Happy birthday to the SRCF: 21 today!
46) 03.06.2020 Our birthday present: a video conferencing system for Cambridge!
               Timeout is live at https://timeout.srcf.net - Goose/Raven login.

Services

Our volunteers maintain a selection of free services for thousands of members of the university. To name a few, these are:

  • website hosting with a rich variety of features
  • a video conferencing platform
  • standards-compliant email and mailing lists @srcf.net
  • 2GB of file or web space
  • general purpose shell accounts on our servers hosted in Cambridge
  • hosted Mattermost and Zulip instances
  • ...and much more!
All of these services are available for personal accounts and groups, such as societies.

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About us

The Student-Run Computing Facility (SRCF) is a volunteer-run student society at the University of Cambridge. We run our own servers hosted in-house within the university and provide computing services for thousands of staff and students.

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Donate

The SRCF is funded largely by donations from its users, for which we are very grateful. We can only spend as much as we have, so help us pay for our costs by donating as little as £3.

Volunteering

Do you ❤ open source like we do? Does managing large Linux systems sound interesting? Or perhaps getting your hands dirty with servers and hardware? Or even programming web apps and Python libraries?

As a completely independent student-run society, we rely on the generous help of interested volunteers to keep the SRCF going. We welcome everyone regardless of technical background at any point during term. Come talk to us even if you're not sure!

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Weekly meetings

The SRCF committee and members of the volunteer team meet weekly on Friday at 8PM to talk about the SRCF, cool ideas and tech. Anyone is welcome to join us, especially if you're interested in learning more! The meetings are virtual and held on Timeout, here.

End of Hermes? Fear not!

The SRCF has run its own mail system, called Hades, for many years. It is fully standards (IMAP/SMTP) compliant and works with any mail client or via the web client, called Roundcube (what Hermes runs).

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Scheduled vulnerable period

To aid in security procedures, the SRCF has a potentially vulnerable period, between 2am and 3am on Sundays. During this time the sysadmins may reboot the server without much prior warning.

Learning & education

You can find a few tutorials made by us in our documentation learning section (help needed!). Ask us if you're looking for a recommended resource to learn anything, we'll be sharing a few of our favorites soon on a new page.

Sponsors

Is your company interested in sponsoring the SRCF? We have plenty of benefits to offer as we are one of the largest societies in Cambridge. Read more about that here.

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