On Thu, 1 Feb 2007 05:02:02 -0800
"Ted Mittelstaedt" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> using a service, bittorrent,
> that is extremely heavily used for distribution of pirated software
> and music,
> to distribute FreeBSD.

Bittorrent is a protocol, not a service or network.

It scales much better than http and ftp under high demand.
Download speeds with Bittorrent gets faster and then level-out, as a
function of demand, which is the opposite of FTP. It's very well
suited for software release ISOs where there's high demand for
downloads immediately after a new release. With open source
software it also benefits from a substantial amount of goodwill.

The bottom line is that if the existing FTP servers allow everyone
to download at line-rate the day after a new release, and the
bandwidth cost is not a problem, then there's no need for
Bittorrent - otherwise I can't see a case against it. 
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