India had no FreeBSD mirror sites ?!?

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Thu Apr 14 08:24:17 PDT 2005

On Thu, Apr 14, 2005 at 09:13:21AM -0500, W. D. wrote:
> At 08:20 4/14/2005, Subhro, wrote:
> >Anthony Atkielski wrote:
> >
> >>All the more reason to have a mirror in India.  The shorter the distance
> >>to cover, the faster the transfer is likely to be,
> >>
> >
> >This is definitely technically true but not practially as far as India 
> >is concern. The average bandwidth available to individual is 56Kbps 
> >(actual, not the rated). A few lucky souls DO have access to high speed 
> >links in the range of ~1Mbps but that is truly not the mass. So as far 
> >as transfer rate is concerned, the bottleneck is definitely not the 
> >physical location of the source.
> >
> >> and the lower the
> >>cost.
> >>
> >
> >This also is not applicable is here. Having spent quite some time in US, 
> >I am well aware of the fact that for many ISPs, data tranferred within 
> >the local uplink is free. However this is not the case here. Firstly as 
> >most users access internet on dialup, they do not have any data 
> >restrictions. 
> Hmmm.  Does 'they do not have any data restrictions' mean that
> the aren't charged by the megabyte?  If so, there is a Windows
> program called FreeDownloadManager that can *reliably* download
> huge files.  In the case of ISOs, it could take many days
> on dialup, but you can start or stop, regulate download speed, 
> etc.:

I would assume that like most other countries they are charged per
minute for the dialup connection (by the phone company, not the ISP)
even if they don't get charged per megabyte.  Downloading large files
will still be expensive then.

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Erik Trulsson
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