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Ok, maybe just curiousity getting me but I was wondering if there are any plans to integrate bittorrent as a method to download packages in apt-get. In my mind at ...
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    Combining bittorrent and apt-get?


    Ok, maybe just curiousity getting me but I was wondering if there are any plans to integrate bittorrent as a method to download packages in apt-get. In my mind at least, this would be a win-win situation. Not only would you not need to pick your mirrors as carefully to avoid smashing a server, but the packages would arrive much quicker if you were updating a large number of linux boxes at once.

    So, on to the fun stuff. Does anyone know where I can find out about this, and propose it directly to the makers of apt-get? Also, does anyone have any idea how long it would take to update all the repositories out there to support this? Any feasibility opinions are greatly apreciated.

    Anyway, thanks for thinking about this idea. If anyone wants help implementing it, I would love to be of assistance.
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    It seems like a good idea in theory, but I don't think it will work in practice very well. Whenever a package got updated, it would take a while for all the seeds to get the newest package on their systems. Most people don't follow the same update habits.

    Now if you were talking about just the current servers using bt so the users pull from each the same, then that, I think, may be pheasible. It would be more of a distributed download module for apt than bt, but it still seems like a good idea (practice and theory).
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