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Re: Debian ISOs

On Wed August 23 2006 05:30, Hendrik Sattler wrote:
> Am Mittwoch 23 August 2006 12:41 schrieb Josselin Mouette:
> > Le mercredi 23 août 2006 à 11:30 +0200, Christian Perrier a écrit :
> > > I have a few doubts about the knowledge of the average user for
> > > Bittorrent. For sure, having BitTorrent helps reducing the load
> > > because all users that have some know-how with it will use
> > > it...but making it the main distribution mode...ahem.....I think
> > > that most of the users will stick to ISO images downloads.
> >
> > When a nice bittorrent frontend is installed, the user will only
> > have to click on the link to start the download. This is true for
> > Windows and Linux.
> If, not when. There is no bittorrent client in any Suggests: or
> Recommends: line of any of the browsers in Debian. And I guess that
> most system do not have one intalled.
> However, http and ftp will always work as that is the same method as
> the one used to access the download page.

A browser Suggests: or Recommends: is not really needed as most 
bittorrent clients appear to be standalone programs, it is also a 
little silly for browsers to suggest or recommend clients for every 
mime-type out there.

"http and ftp will always work" is a really good point... someone 
mentioned `corporate filtering,' I think bandwidth limiting by ISPs 
would be a bigger problem. Shouldn't be a deal killer though, just 
don't use bittorrent as the only method.

Best, imo, would be a new torrent-like protocol and some serious PR to 
minimize the possibility of it being seen and used as just another p2p 
network the RIAA (whoever) doesn't like.

- Bruce

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