Bandwidth doing OK

Sam Barnett-Cormack s.barnett-cormack at
Fri Sep 26 03:03:35 PDT 2003

On Fri, 26 Sep 2003, Jeroen Coumans wrote:

> Hi Gerard Beekmans. You said the following on 09/26/03 02:50:
> > Just to let you guys know, our bandwidth usage is within acceptable
> > limits: around 2 GB/day now. We can use on average 2.5 GB a day (our
> > monthly limit is 75 GB) so we're at least in the safe zone. We're still
> > working on lessening this, but the heat is off.
> Thank god, so this means we don't have to take any drastic and unpopular
> measures for now?
> I think we should stimulate the P2P initiative some more. We need to
> make sure that a downloadable tarball exist for each book release. This
> contains all the packages one needs, patches and those rendered copies
> of the book, a list of MD5sums and the complete package digitally signed
> with GPG. This also needs to be available *before* the release so we can
> refer people to it in the announcement. I know Jeremy is helping with
> distributing; make sure other people with bandwidth share this package.
> Don't mention any http/ftp links so people will sooner install the
> necessary software.
> Gerard, we really need to coordinate this effort a bit to make it work.
> There are people willing to share but if there aren't enough,
> downloading will be very slow and people will be disappointed.

Not everyone wants or is able to usefully install P2P software. Keep the
http/ftp links as well.


Sam Barnett-Cormack
Software Developer                           |  Student of Physics & Maths
UK Mirror Service (  |  Lancaster University

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