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RE: Setup and downloading software...
- From: "Gareth Pearce" <tilps at hotmail dot com>
- To: "'Benjamen R. Meyer'" <benjamen_r_meyer at mail15 dot com>,<cygwin-apps at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 17:46:18 +1100
- Subject: RE: Setup and downloading software...
> I understand this may not be a very high priority as many people are
> probably using Broadband now, but I know I would appreciate it, and I
> imagine many others would too. I know this wouldn't really be much of an
> issue except that I've noticed in my downloads that I average between 1.7
> and 2.6 kb/s on my 56k modem, which is about 1/3 of the rate I could
> theoretically get. (Most of my downloads for other sites are around 4 to 6
> kb/sec.) I figure this is because the sites are so busy, and I figure that
> striping the downloads could help to speed some people up to help
> the sites of those users.
Just think for a second and realise that if this was the case, then the
broadband people would be noticing it a lot more. Striping is much more
likely to help broadband users then it is modem users. That said, some
mirrors do get overloaded - but 2k/sec would be unusual I suspect. Btw -
all of the downloads from setup are precompressed - so ensure your comparing
apples with apples when comparing download speeds. Modems use inbuilt
compression - so non-compressed files will download faster. 3k-sec is (once
you consider overheads) not to far off 30kbit - most 56k modems actually
rarely see connections over 42k (to my knowledge anyway) - so your actually
more like half rather then 1/3rd. - 'back home' on my 56k modem - 2.6k/sec
on a compressed file would be considered fast. But then 'back home' has
poor phone lines. - I'm lucky enough to have adsl where I'm living at the
moment - and the mirrors I use for setup - are easily fast enough to handle
a modem user.