FAQ

Q: What is Wilde?
A: Wilde is a public-access Windows server, made for the same reason as other public-access Linux and BSD servers (also known as tildes). They exist in the spirit of learning and for the fun of computer programming.

Q: Why?
A: Because the tilde community's already saturated with enough Linux and BSD boxes. Why not change things up a bit?

Q: Is this a joke?
A: Yes and no; Wilde is meant to be so much more than a mere tildeverse equivalent to the Internet Engineering Task Force's RFC 1149: IP over Avian Carriers. Wilde aims to be as useful as possible to people of all walks of life.

Q: What services are offered here?
A: We offer remote Windows accounts accessible through SSH and Remote Desktop, complete with web hosting, gopher hosting (a work in progress,) several programming and scripting languages, applications for general office use and light-weight games.

Q: What software is available on the server?
A: OpenSSH (accessible through port 22,) Remote Desktop (accessible via any remote desktop client that supports Microsoft RDP,) mRemoteNG, WinSCP, Apache, LibreOffice, SumatraPDF, Doro PDF Printer, FreeOCR, PDFTK Builder, MuseScore 3, K-Lite Codec Pack, PeaZip, Falkon, KVirc, Gopher Browser for Windows, Open Watcom C/C++ Compiler, FreeBASIC, OTVDM, vDosPlus, Resource Hacker, HxD, Notepad++, TurboSR, WinMerge, Faith Kodak's batch file/PowerShell script/VBscript compilers, htm2chm, PHP, Python, Node.js, Xdelta3, MinGW/MSYS, Git for Windows, Ghostscript, Pandoc, PanWriter, Vim, GNU nano, IRSSI, EXIFTOOL, EXIFTOOL GUI, Jhead and jpegtran image transcoder programs, Bulk Image Converter, MEGATOOLS, Midnight Commander, DOS Navigator /2, Lynx, PowerShell and the default set of programs common to Windows Server 2012.

Q: Where's Gopher Cannon? Why no gopher service?
A: Gopher Cannon did not function well enough to be used by many users; the way it's designed doesn't allow for per-user gopher holes in the same light that Apache allows for per-user web directories. As a result, Wilde won't provide gopher services, until the Gophernicus server is fully ported to Windows.

Q: You used to use Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 for serving web pages; what happened?
A: The old server used to run on a Toshiba Satellite U400 laptop with 4 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 1.86 GHz Intel Pentium T2390 CPU and a 750 GB hard drive; the decision was made to not only update to a more recent version of Windows, but also to upgrade the server hardware.

Q: Does this mean you're not using exotic port numbers for anything anymore?
A: Yes; the server now runs on the standard port numbers, so no complex login instructions are needed.

Q: What are the server specs?
A: The server is using 32 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2.6 GHz AMD Opteron 6282 SE CPU and a 500 GB hard drive.

Q: Does this mean we're allowed to mine cryptocurrencies, render video files and other resource-intensive stuff?
A: HELL NO!!! This is a public-access server shared by many people, running from a residential network connection as both a hobby and a public service. The change in hardware and software does NOT mean any leniency from the Terms of Service. And anyone violating these terms will be disciplined accordingly.

Q: How did you acquire such a significant update to your system?
A: Being part of the tildeverse has a great number of benefits, including a valuable support network of knowledgeable and generous computer amateurs, professionals and hobbyists. The Windows Server 2012 license and server has been graciously donated to Wilde by deepend, with the blessing and official recognition of Benjamin Harris.

Q: Isn't Windows a nightmare to secure?
A: It is, but it's not impossible to do so; just the right antivirus software, firewall settings and common sense are all that's needed. Not even updates are necessary and some of Microsoft's updates have been confirmed to include telemetry.

Q: What's the deal with the site's logo?
A: It's a tilde character (~) stylised to look like the Windows logo.

Q: I've got a bunch more questions to ask you about this... How do I get a hold of you?
A: You can contact us by email or through irc.tilde.chat #wilde.

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