[OSM-dev] Bittorrent

Erik Johansson erjohan at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 14:17:41 BST 2009

On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 8:50 AM, D Tucny <d at tucny.com> wrote:
> 2009/4/18 Simon Ward <simon at bleah.co.uk>
>> On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 08:23:19AM -0700, Paul Johnson wrote:
>> > Stefan de Konink wrote:
>> > > After a few upload problems, a new torrent is available.
>> > >
>> > > http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Planet.osm#Bittorrent
>> >
>> > Not to nitpick, but in terms of PR, might it be better to use a tracker
>> > other than The Pirate Bay?
>> Selfish and wrong.  It may even help TPB if more high profile projects
>> used their tracker for (legal) distribution.
>> In terms of PR it could also be seen how an “open” data project
>> abandoned an effective method of distributing open data.  If TPB’s
>> appeal fails, it sets a bad precedent for any other tracker out there.
> If anything, TPB has done bad PR for BitTorrent, an open protocol
> and open source implementation developed for the efficient distribution of
> large datasets and now in common perception, a tool to enable one to easily
> obtain copyrighted materials...
> BitTorrent can be an effective method of distributing open data and setting
> up a tracker for a project isn't a massive job,
Tell us of  an tracker that your government has deemed politically
correct, you can add this torrent file to that tracker yourself.. Use
Open DNS servers:  if you need to
access The Pirate bay.

Getting the planet in 15MB/s makes not having it locally easier.


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