find an alternative concept to SF
gpoul at gnu.org
Sat Nov 17 20:56:26 UTC 2001
> Who would keep all these local depositories? Any body who wanted to, but my
> first choices would be universities. Who in the universities? Staff/Student
> Freesoftware Associations would be good. Universities allow a high degree of
> freedom to their Societies and often provide significant facilities.
> (Esentially a student computing society is aking to connect its server to the
> university's network and website.)
here are two crazy ideas... :)
(1) Use a concept like debian's and gnu's. - have local mirrors; one or
more by country run by volunteers, mostly local ISPs and universities.
(2) make a central MD5SUM and file repository that is replicated by
loose coupled mirrors using gnutella. - this way you get only MD5SUMs
or signatures from a central site, download your files from various
gnutella hosts near you and verify afterwards that they are valid.
of course you can also combine both approaches.
I don't know what anyone else would think about that and I wouldn't use
it in a commercial setting where I have to guarantee availability and
reliability. - but in a free software environment a distributed approach
might be the right thing if we can't afford the bandwidth.
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