> For normal web hosting, though, you just can't beat the commercial
> guys. Even cheap, cheap, cheap hosting (Dreamhost, for example) is
> really good -- uptime is constant, backups are automatic, restores
> are trivial, and you really have a lot of freedom in what you can
> install and run.
A lot, but not infinite. I'm on Dreamhost, and anything that involves a
daemon or other ongoing process is a no-go (though cron jobs are OK). That
does put a crimp in some things.
Also, Dreamhost's reliability has been lousy lately. I certainly wouldn't
host any library-mission-critical services there.