[tex-live] hosting inst image
Philip Taylor (Webmaster)
P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Mar 2 12:55:32 CET 2007
Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> sure, it removes bottlenecks and (to some extent) overloads, but i can't
> see it as a panacea.
I am more optimistic : I see it as being "the CTAN of the future" ...
>> I envisage the main CTAN systems becoming "super-seeders",
> you don't see this ctan becoming a super-seeder, i'm afraid. my traffic
> for last month is in excess of 400gbytes higher than the running
> average, and given that the department (thanks to the u. of cambridge's
> insane accountancy practices) pays by the gbyte, i'm in no position to
> add a service that might add still more to the traffic.
Is it not possible to justify it as an investment ? /If/ the idea takes
off, there would be a very significant reduction in load on the CTAN
core nodes, would there not ?
> (note that uktug had some ambition to support this traffic charge, but
> they hadn't understood quite the extent of it. the suggestion seems to
> have become rather quiet. and that was before this excitement...)
They're still very rich, I'm told :-)
>> and the whole TeX community then acting
>> as secondary sources (i.e., what you download, you auto-
>> matically make available to others for download). It's
>> a rather nice Utopia, don't you think ?!
> except for those who are on a contract where they pay for traffic, or on
> a net connection that has monthly limits (i know several uk people who
I don't think I envisaged universal participation, but given the number of
TeX users who are University-based, it seems to me that we might well
have a nucleus of some thousands of willing participants.
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