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Choose a mirror

Posted on: September 23, 2008

Why do all the open source sites give you a billion mirrors to choose your download from? In the time it takes someone to glance over the page and realize that they have to choose a mirror, the download could have completed already. If these people are already spending so much time writing open source software, why can’t they just write a nice load balancer that automatically starts downloading from the closest/fastest mirror? Not to mention the laughingly-small chance that enough people would actually be interested in any of the files at the same time to even require multiple mirrors. Another sign of nerd brains just working differently.

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