dave at dchamp.net
Fri Apr 24 13:21:48 CDT 2009
Matthew Nuzum wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 1:33 PM, David Champion <dave at dchamp.net> wrote:
>> Linux distros need to start using P2P for their update systems.
>> Mandriva uses torrents for their .iso downloads, some people complain
>> that it's not fast enough... but for a "small" commercial distro like
>> them, it would be impossible for them to have enough bandwidth to run a
>> conventional FTP or HTTP server for downloading all of those .iso
>> images, especially since they've gone to a larger DVD image.
> We don't flip the switch on ubuntu until there at least 60 high speed
> mirrors with all the populated continents well represented. Starting
> with 8.10 we did put the link to the torrents on the download page and
> we do support them, but for usability reasons we don't promote them.
> This summer we'll implement geoip to auto-detect a good mirror which
> should simplify things and even out the bandwidth distribution.
> That said, I downloaded the UNR image from a US mirror in 4 hours last
> night so if you're still having problems try a different mirror.
I fired it off again this morning, it's been varying between 20 and
100kB, should be done downloading before I go home... I did have to try
starting the update-notifier twice, but the 2nd time it worked just
fine, could have been because the VM's network connection wasn't awake,
did a ping then it worked the 2nd time...
The mirror thing is nice, if you can get people to mirror for you (and
Ubuntu has the momentum to be able to do that now), just seems to me
that if it were done right, a distributed P2P system would be lot more
efficient, and you wouldn't have to worry about having one mirror more
overloaded while other mirrors sit idle.
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