This is a discussion on Re: torrents for FreeBSD ISOs? - FreeBSD ; "Jeremy C. Reed" writes: > On Sat, 24 Sep 2005, Lowell Gilbert wrote: > > >> Are there any active torrents for FreeBSD ISOs? > >> > >> I used torrent file as found via FreeBSD 5.4 announcement. But for ...
"Jeremy C. Reed"
> On Sat, 24 Sep 2005, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> >> Are there any active torrents for FreeBSD ISOs?
> >> I used torrent file as found via FreeBSD 5.4 announcement. But for
> >> over 30 minutes ctorrent timed out attempting to retrieve it.
> >> I had used it with great success and speed in May.
> > Torrents are really only useful for files that a lot of people want to
> > download at the same time. There's just no reason to keep it going now.
> > [Not that I have any specific knowledge about whether the seeder is
> > still running.]
> Thanks for the response. That is what I was thinking.
> I am teaching a class and hoped to cover version 6.0 but when
> 6.0-BETA4-i386-bootonly.iso failed on my laptop due to some vr0 LOR
> error (I found was already known but not in a PR and I don't know
> if it is fixed), I realized that I shouldn't use it since I can't test
> the hardware in my classroom ahead of time.
Regardless of which release you are using, you really want to test on
the target hardware ahead of time.
> And I read that 5.5 was to be released in September but no other
It's been delayed because 6.0 is delayed. There aren't enough release
engineers to work on both releases at once.
> So decided to download 5.4 release again. Anyways, I got the ISO
> after an hour or so.
I would expect an academic to have pretty good connectivity. Sounds
> Maybe FreeBSD could provide torrent "servers" that are always running
> just in case that someone attempts it? (I don't know a lot about
> torrent though, but I assume that that is doable.)
It is certainly possible. Bear in mind, though, that the torrents for
the releases are still an experimental distribution mechanism. And
for a *single* downloader, FTP is faster than Bittorrent, so even if
the torrent were still running, you would have been better off with
conventional downloading techniques.
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