Andrew Lentvorski wrote:
Chris Slothouber wrote:

But isn't the whole point of peer to peer file distribution to *distribute* the bandwidth requirements to the point that the costs involved for each of the individual peers is trivial but the client receiving the file still obtains full speed of a direct download?

Yes, actually, it is.

-a

I think it would then serve the interests of the FreeBSD community to establish a long-term file distribution plan that includes a proven peer to peer system, like torrent.

It really wouldn't take that much effort, and any bandwidth necessary for seeding, especially initial seeding, could be re-allocated out of what is already being used for direct downloads.

Since torrent is a rather widely-accepted means of downloading and clients are available for pretty much every platform, it could become the primary vector for distributing large binaries (such as ISOs) that put a sustained burden on the donated mirrors.

Direct downloads could still be offered for these files for compatibility's sake, albeit at a reduced rate, using shaping or whatever else.
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