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Enable peer to peer downloading of patches/software

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It would be great if we could somehow include a peer to peer functionality for the download of patches/packages. This would greatly reduce the number of mirrors required and would increase the performance for many users in countries with limited international bandwidt.
I was thinking that we host a torrent tracker on opensuse.org and build a torrent client into zypper/libzypp and allow the user to allocate a portion of disk space for downloaded packages. Most modern systems have ample disk space and should be able to spare around 4GB for downloaded packages.
This is also in line with the spirit of community where we help each other out.
If it works well, it could also be used to distribute patched internally inside an organization when they deploy SLE.


icons/user_comment.png M. S. wrote: (9 years ago)

I would rather see something like GNUnet used for this :-)

icons/user_comment.png S. K. wrote: (9 years ago)

I would think with using aria2 as download client, it would automatically work once we use opensuse.org tracker for _everything_. But if not, we push the software side to 11.3, as for 11.2 we only want to work on the top 5 features.

icons/user_comment.png R. D. wrote: (8 years ago)

What I'm seeing downloading oS via torrent, is shortage of seeders, downloading with aria2c getsĀ  the file quickly, but then what's the point of p2p if the finished downloaders don't stick around for a while.

So in short, aria2c is great but doing p2p right, requires a YaST module to configure upload bandwidth, perhaps open firewall port, and some policy to keep downloaded files for some time to seed. May to avoid global overload with huge numbers seediers & peers, some type of localised tracker required analagous to NTP servers, with country & continent pools.

icons/user_comment.png R. D. wrote: (8 years ago)

Just to add a concern might be to download/upload within ISP (or intranet's) network range, due to bandwidth & traffic rationing, not just raw speed.

icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (8 years ago)

I fail to see what feature from OBS is needed here. I suppose this is independend of it.

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