GNU/Linux marches on in China. “The Debian project is proud to announce the availability of a new primary mirror in mainland China. The new mirror, ftp.cn.debian.org, will significantly reduce network latency to the Debian software repositories and help to raise Debian’s profile in China, and is accessible via IPv6 as well as via IPv4. Besides Debian’s package archive, the mirror also offers Debian’s CD and DVD images as well as the backports archive, and for users of Debian’s oldstable release (Lenny), the Debian volatile archive.
The Debian mirror team worked with Stephen Zhang and Aron Xu to set up the mirror in China. To quote Aron, this will significantly reduce the lag time when synchronizing with Debian’s ftp-master server. Previously it was common to have a lag time of about two days between ftp-master and China. With the new primary mirror, the mirror team has been able to reduce that time to under six hours for push clients and under twelve hours for passively synchronizing mirrors.”
One of the great things about Debian GNU/Linux is the flexibility of installation. Being able to install over the network saves burning CDs, encountering errors on CDs, and saves bandwidth as one does not need to download all of CDn just to get a few of the packages on it. Debian GNU/Linux now has more than 50 CDs/7 DVDs. USB drive installations are another popular and environmentally friendly route. Then there is the PXE boot… RTFM