[ubuntu-us-ut] Bittorrent Obscurity

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Thu Oct 18 21:46:02 BST 2007

On Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 01:28:18PM -0600, Clint Savage wrote:
> > Charles Curley wrote:
> > > Why is the bittorrent download capability so danged obscure on
> > > ubuntu.com? I started slurping in the iso via httpd because I saw no
> > > reference to bittorrent on the main download page
> > > (http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download). That is pathetically slow,
> > > for the obvious reason.
> > >
> > > I finally searched the site, twice, on separate keywords. Several
> > > clicks after that, I finally found a page with bittorrent files:
> > > http://releases.ubuntu.com/7.10/.
> > >
> > > Please do everyone a favor: ask the web folks to make bittorrent much
> > > more prominent, and to promote it as the preferred protocol. Please
> > > list it on the main download page ahead of the http stuff.
> Charles,
> There is a link right on the mirrors page near the bottom.  Its
> actually hard to miss if you're looking for bittorrent downloads...  I
> guess the fact that you have to click three times might make it a bit
> more difficult, though I found it first try.

Let me see, Clint: in order to find the bittorrent stuff I go to the
mirrors page? For HTTP, FTP or rsync it makes sense to go to the
mirrors page. But bittorrent isn't mirrored. Why would I go to the
mirrors page to look for information about a protocol that isn't

That's like saying that in order to get from Orem to New York I should
go via L.A. I certainly could, but it just wouldn't occur to me.

Even if it does occur to me, why have such a convoluted approach? Why
not put bittorrent information on the main download page, and
eliminate the necessity of reading several pages and making several


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