China Has Its Own Debian GNU/Linux Mirror

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

see Debian announces Chinese Mirror – May 25th, 2011

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to China Has Its Own Debian GNU/Linux Mirror

  1. Ray says:

    On the bright side, it did manage to convince millions of computer-illiterate to use computers 😉

  2. GUIs have spoiled us. A proper GUI hardly needs a manual and when the user is stuck the manual can be called up from the menu. Non-gui stuff does require some documentation more than whatever –help .

  3. ray says:

    RTFM saves 90% of pain, but only 10% use it.

  4. With the cost of space travel that might be a few years yet but a repository up there would save bandwidth to Earth for sure. They could ship a server up there and just sync it back to home.

  5. Brian Page says:

    I can’t wait to see http://ftp.moon.debian.org.

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