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Introducing http.debian.net, Debian's mirrors redirector


After several iterations to solve problems related to Debian's mirrors 
network, I am happy to announce a fully-functional solution that solves many 
of the shortcomings of previous iterations: http://http.debian.net

http.debian.net works as the key component of a content distribution 
network. For a given requested file, it uses several factors to choose one or 
multiple mirrors that can serve the request. Those factors include the 
freshness of the mirror, the network and geographic location, etc.

How can you use it?
An entry in /etc/apt/sources.list for stable would look like:

deb http://http.debian.net/debian stable main

It supports backports mirrors and others. Except CD image mirrors, they are 
*not* supported.

More details, comparison to other approaches, and more information can be 
found at:

Oh, and, please help package and maintain mirrorbrain, which would allow a 
similar service to be provided for CD images.

Thanks for reading.

P.S. contrary to wheezy, http.debian.net's development will not freeze. It 
is under continuous development, and more users and developers are welcome!

Raphael Geissert - Debian Developer
www.debian.org - get.debian.net

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