I was thinking about running an endpoint now that I’ve got ample Fiber bandwidth. I can imagine it’d be horrible for any kind of p2p though.
Exit nodes can be legally risky. If you have the guts to do it, more power to you. I use both tor and retroshare but for different things…since one is a Peer 2 Peer (P2P) and one is a Friend 2 Friend (F2F) network.
Woops, my last reply was accidentally off-list (dang phone).
What I meant to say was that I agree with Craig, it’s risky to run an exit node. However a relay node and an exit node are not the same thing. You can read up more on this on Tor’s site. https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-relay.html.en Also, https://www.torservers.net is a good place to learn. If you can run a relay, that helps Tor.
If I had time/money/blahblah I’d like to try to set up a Tor exit node someday. I think if I were doing it I’d start by finding a friendly co-lo or ISP and then use tor-ramdisk for the server OS. For further protection, I’d probably set up a corporation solely for the purpose of operating the node. This is a pretty good document https://blog.torproject.org/running-exit-node ( or just google “tor exit node” for some good stories ).
what they said, also, p2p tools, bit torrent specifically, are also not the best thing to inflict upon the tor network.
people do it anyway, which is part of the reason tor is so bloody slow.