[Scribus] Lighten the release downloads with peer to peer

Plinnell mrdocs
Wed Mar 12 14:18:49 CET 2008

On Wednesday 12 March 2008 12:56:53 Cedric Sagne wrote:
> All,
> I was wondering if we could all support the downloads of latest stable
> versions by organising a dual sourceforge/peer to peer download.
> The public "official" torrent file would be available as alternative
> download location from the download page, and could be created only for
> the biggest downloads (ie latest stable version win, rpm and osx) but as
> many of us would keep it connected we could reduce the bandwidth from
> sourceforge significantly.
> Cedric
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As I handle the releases, I have thought about this and its not as useful as 
it seems for several reasons:

We would need to host a tracker and with the different platforms arches (32 
and 64 bit) there would be quite a few different versions. We also do updates 
in between releases with svn snapshots to help users get the latest bug 

Using a torrent takes away the ability to use native packaging on Linux. It is 
much preferred to for example use the native package managers on 
Ubuntu/Debian/Suse/Fedora etc, as they not only handle the install, but also 
resolve and install dependencies. They also frequently have a mechanism to 
automatically give notice a new version is available.

Where a torrent does make sense is when we have a live DTP CD/DVD which 
features Scribus and friends. See: 


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