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Bug#907704: choose-mirror: default to deb.debian.org

On 03.09.2018 21:54, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> That's why deb.debian.org is a plain CDN which doesn't rely on the
> existing mirror network.  It also supports TLS (which I think should
> also be enabled by default in the installer).

Note that TLS is only supported by one of the two CDN providers behind
deb.debian.org (AWS) right now. So if we make TLS the default, we end up
behind dependent on that single sponsor, which doesn't seem to be a
great idea.

> If deb.debian.org still doesn't provide reasonably fast service in some
> countries, then maybe we should still ask—but then we should put
> deb.debian.org at the top of the mirror list for most countries.

If only we could auto-select the right one automatically. I repeatedly
had to pin one of the two CDN providers (different ones on different
hosts) because the performance was inconsistent between them.

I pulled out my RT account to check for mirror-related problems (they
seem to be in a different queue I can't see) and found [0], so it looks
like there's now a third unannounced provider that is not in the
rotation (yet?). Unfortunately it seems to be TLS-less as well.

I also wonder if we actually have sensible escalation points to solve
problems for the users and the bandwidth to do so. That concern is
especially grave if we're going to auto-hide the question by default.
Defaulting is something that makes sense to me.

Kind regards
Philipp Kern

[0] https://rt.debian.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=7104

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