Fact 1. Ukraine is a very ITsh country. One of the leading outsource-force in the world. Yet the average salary in Ukraine for a regular person is $100/mo. Paying $120/year to host Discourse ($10/mo with DigitalOcean) is a lot.
Fact 2. Software developers in Ukraine earn from $800 to $2000 / mo. Paying $120/year can still be considered quite expensive by some.
Fact 3. As we used in PHP-world, most of software can easily run on 256MB RAM, making it very cheap to host a wordpress, a forum, a wiki and something else, all on a single cheapest host possible whatever hosting provider you choose.
I’m not familiar with RoR world, but just very curious - WHY and WHAT is exactly holding Discourse from being 512MB or even 256MB compatible? Is it mostly ineffectiveness of Ruby? Or something else?
Even though we all know that hardware is cheap, it is still not cheap in the eyes of some regions’ representatives around the world.
Even though there is more and more RAM provided by the minimal hosting options among providers, PHP is still staying at a very basic minimum. Making it HHVM and using nginx really beats almost everyone in the script-world.
So, can you explain, please, why and what. And whether there are any chances that Discourse is going to become OK with 512MB for small to medium forums in the nearest feature?