securitybreach, on 29 July 2017 - 10:27 AM, said:
abarbarian, on 29 July 2017 - 10:25 AM, said:
Who needs mirrors when they have a torrent for the download.
If only all distros would offer a torrent option.
Pretty much every distros offers torrents but https and ftp downloads are much faster.
Never used to be the case. Kanotix for instance does not offer a torrent.
As to faster, I just did a torrent of Arch from clicking on the link at the site page it took 2.24min and by using a uk mirror it took 2.02min. Mind you the torrent had to wait for the torrent program to start up and wait for me to click on start so that will have taken up a few seconds. So yup mirrors in this case are quicker by a whisker.
However I am coming at this from a different angle to you it seems. I ain't so bothered about speed so much, if I decide to download something I can wait a while for it to appear.
My main reason for always mentioning torrents is the fact that almost anyone anywhere in the world can participate in the community aspect of open source if they are using torrents. Download the torrent and if you leave the torrent open you can seed for other folk thereby helping out. On a slow connection and I do have a decade of experience to call on here torrenting with a well seeded torrent is way faster than downloading from a mirror.The more seeds the faster the torrent. Everyone can help out in the community and even if that is all they do they have made a contribution.
Also using torrents in this way helps to give torrenting a better face to the world. The developers of programs only need to make a seed instead of updateing multiple mirror sites every time they make a change to their program so they save time and effort.
An best of all using torrent in a totally legal way sticks it to the man.
That is the way I look at it anyways.