Modify apt to use BitTorrent, making downloading updates MUCH faster, and easier on the servers
Use BitTorrent for pushing out updates. Doing this would keep from melting mirrors when an update/release goes out, and speed up download speeds for the users. It may not seem like much, but what happens if we fix bug #1?
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I assume you mean making BT (bt://) an alternative to the existing file://, http:// and ftp:// download methods?
Please check debtorrent (to be included in hardy) for this functionality. (http://
All you need to do to get debtorrent working is install it and replace http:// of each line in sources.list with debtorrent:
@Chinoto: While I'm sure that works, I think you're missing the intent. The OP had an implicit requirement of enabling bt by *default*. There's two reasons I think this. First, notice that there are no conditionals ( if, when ) to be found. Also, bittorrent by its nature only works very well when there are large numbers of users (such as the full ubuntu user base). Giving debtorrent good default behavior so that the user doesn't have to worry about mucking with config files or network usage or memory usage is at the core of this issue / solution.
* Blueprints in grey have been implemented.