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Re: Using a CDN or some other mirror?

From: Meiyo Peng
Subject: Re: Using a CDN or some other mirror?
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:32:02 +0800
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address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:

> As you know, is hosted at the Max Delbrück Center in
> Berlin, a public research institute.  So in a way, we’re already doing
> that.  We shouldn’t take it for granted that public institutes will
> happily host our stuff and donate hardware: without Ricardo’s work and
> the generosity of the MDC, we wouldn’t have anything there.
> I understand the reluctance regarding “Big Corp” hosting, and I actually
> share it to some extent.  However, having put much thought into it (and
> also much sweat in build farm sysadmin…), I think the alternative is:
> commercial hosting, or peer-to-peer.
> Florian has been looking at the latter approach with IPFS, and perhaps
> we’ll be able to put it in production in a few months and be happy with
> it (I have good hopes given what Florian already demonstrated.)
> In the meantime, we need redundant storage, high bandwidth, and high
> availability.  If you know of non-profit organizations that can provide
> such services, please let us know; if not, we’ll resort to a commercial
> service.  The bottom line is: we cannot reasonably pretend to offer such
> a service ourselves.
> (Note that we’re just talking about substitute delivery—I wouldn’t want
> to *build* packages on one of these commercial hosting services.)
> I hope this clarifies my position.

When I started to try Guix several months ago, the network speed to
substitute servers from China is very slow (<100kB/s). I don't know what
has changed but recently the network speed is about 1MB/s. Thank you all
for the improments. Hopefully a CDN will make the network even better.
I am not against using a commercial service as long as we only use them
to distribute signed packages rather than building packages.

I like the idea of IPFS. We should try it. It would be great if it works

If at some point we need to setup traditional mirrors like other major
Gnu/Linux distros, I can contact my friends in China to setup mirrors in
several universities. I was a member of address@hidden, which provides the
largest FLOSS mirror in China.

Meiyo Peng

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