[maemo-developers] Mirrors

From: Jeff Moe moe at blagblagblag.org
Date: Sun Jan 3 03:05:22 EET 2010
As far as I can tell, there are no mirrors of the repositories.

Most large (and even small!) free software projects have complete mirrors of 
their archives. There are a good number of reasons:

* Faster access to users that are far away on the network from the main repo.

* Failover, in case something should happen to the main repository.

* Distributes the load, so poor *.maemo.org doesn't get hit so hard.

* Distributes the bandwidth (costs) so it doesn't all fall on Maemo's 

Projects with mirrors include the kernel, kde, gnome, Fedora, Debian, etc. 
Basically every single distribution of note has a mirror--even the tiny ones.

All that would need to be done on the *.maemo.org infrastructure side would be 
to set up an rsync daemon. This is like 3 lines of configuration and can 
literally be done in minutes by a good admin.

Then someone could email a few of the big mirrors such as mirrors.kernel.org 
and ibiblio and voila! done.

Thanks for your consideration,

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