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Re: Possibly moving Debian services to a CDN

On Wed, October 16, 2013 15:01, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> I do realize that most of the value of a CDN is not in its software
> parts. But I'm under the impression there is still quite a bit of
> software behind commercial CDN offerings. So my question is: would the
> CDN providers we're going to choose be able to ensure that the software
> parts behind their offerings to us are 100% Free Software?

It is of course a good target to strive for, but putting such a demand on
a service is probably not fair, because our current distribution system
also does not run on 100% Free Software. We do not know what software our
mirrors are running (we can make a guess that there will be Debian hosts
in there, but just as well we can be quite sure there will be some Solaris
or commercial Linux variants) so it's just as opaque as a commercial CDN
offering would be.

The principled point that everything Debian does should involve 100% Free
Software is not the status quo nor is it attainable. We will deliver bits
using equipment running Cisco IOS, and we will not have the source of the
bank software that processes our donations. The question is therefore: do
we consider such CDN services to be more like network- or financial
services, which we source externally, or is it a core aspect of developing


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