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.
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
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