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Re: [school-discuss] Downloads: Provide FTP or HTTP?


Thank you to all for your help!

I will run up an FTP daemon and provide an ftp download. I will also take a look at the bitTorrent approach (although it will likely have to be embedded in a browser, in general before I would like to go to this approach).

Les R.

On Fri, 27 Oct 2006, Chris Gregan wrote:


FTP is definitely a more efficient method for large file transfer, and browsers (Firefox) will manage the download even when the connection is dropped. However, be sure to set up the download area so you can just click a link and begin the download. If your audience is fearful or incapable of successfully using a torrent client, they will probably not want to spend much time drilling down through FTP directories to choose between various releases like src, i586, mdk, rpm, exe, etc.
I would suggest offering both, and talking up the advantages of torrent. They will eventually be using torrent anyway, might as well introduce them to it now. In the long run, it will also save you server bandwidth.

Chris Gregan
Open Source Migration Specialist/Founder
Aptenix LLC-Desktop Solutions
New Market, MD

"Open source, open minds."

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Shane Coyle wrote:
Torrents are excellent, but a little more techy than many users will be able to handle, so it depends on your audience - if a bittorrent client isn't already installed, many users will not be inclined or able to install one just to consume your content.

I believe that as torrent support is built into browsers (and routers even), it is THE way of the future for distribution, definitely begin providing torrents for your content today.

If you need FTP mirroring, try checking out Ibiblio for mirror support: http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/HOW.TO.SUBMIT.html They are a little hesitant to host distributions, preferring applications, but they were super gracious to create a folder for my project and I suspect that they may be able to help you too.


On Friday 27 October 2006 01:46, lee rodgers wrote:

Tittorrent stripes or segments a file into sub-downloads. My guess is that
even if your torrent isn't widely published a single file can be striped
into many small CRC-checked segments (I believe I've downloaded from
single-source torrents before, it worked fine).

There are a couple of lightweight bittorrent clients ... uTorrent for
Windows is one ( Azureus is a bit of a CPU hog & RAM monster ).


Les Richardson <les@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Hi All,

When providing downloads for open source software, is FTP a better
solution for those with slow, unreliable connections? (ie. from the land
of far, far away...)

I'm finding many attempts in my log files to download Open Admin and they
only get part of the way through the file and fail and then try again (ie.
10+ tries to get the file).

Many FTP clients allow folks to continue from a certain part of the file
(ie. recover), correct? (Sorry, I haven't done this stuff for quite a
while... the Z-modem, telix era)

Any suggestions?

Les Richardson Open Admin for Schools

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