|Chris Hedemark on Mon, 14 Apr 2003 17:12:07 -0400|
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There could easily be significant costs, but it's difficult to quantify
TriLUG put a lot of time & resources into setting up an ISO mirror and in the end it proved to be a bust. When a dozen members try grabbing ISO's at the same time the effective throughput for each member is in the toilet.
It seems like the only way to set up an ISO mirror without incurring major costs is to partner with a generous university. But they are likely going to want you to set the same limitations on PLUG members as you would have for anyone else on the Internet, so once word spreads of the available mirror you will run into the same problems again. Corporate sponsorship is even harder to get, especially bandwidth.
One option I've got some high hopes for is 802.16. High throughput, great range... I think it would be interesting to set up a semi-private MAN on 802.16 giving Philadelphia area folks high speed access to local private servers, but the 802.16 network would not necessarily be a free gateway to the internet (though local ISP's could certainly offer internet gateway services off of it). The gotcha is that 802.16 is not really "out there" right now, so the cost of entry is a bit of an unknown at this time.
So we use a 10.*.*.* network for the MAN, set up some sort of address management authority for that address space, and people can run whatever servers they want on that wireless network. Sure, go ahead and put up an FTP server with all the latest ISO's. You aren't paying for bandwidth, and the only people who are directly connecting to the network are pretty local (probably).
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