Re: RFC: countrychooser and IP location
On Thu, Sep 14, 2006 at 09:26:46PM +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
> > If we're going to try to do smart detection of a preferred mirror, it seems
> > to me that geopolitical boundaries are not the most significant factor.
> > Intervening network topography, available bandwidth, and (in some cases,
> > like with most ISPs in Australia) off-net traffic costs play a much bigger
> > role in determining a user's mirror presence, IME. So if we're going to go
> > down this road, wouldn't it be better to design for all of this?
> Uhm right. So iplocation really only makes sense for localechooser, but it's of
> no use there since we don't have network yet. Maybe this is a dead end.
> As for mirror selection, you mean something like netselect?
Yes, something /like/ netselect, though I had in mind a solution that would
query a centralized server for the "closest" mirror from a set based on BGP
tables, removing the need for time-consuming pings of individual mirrors :)
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