I was going to suggest usenet.
Upload it once, and it would get replicated around the world, where people
can download from.
But there are a bunch of drawbacks.
* Retention times. How long it stays on servers before its purged.
* Assumes people have usenet access and know how to use it.
But it wouldn't incur any download costs at your end.
I wonder if any USB flash drive manufacturer would be interesting it putting
it on their drives...
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Sent: 27 February 2008 16:46
To: Wikimedia developers
Subject: [Wikitech-l] After some download advice
I run the "wikipedia for schools" static version and am
looking at size/ download possibilities for the 2008 version.
Clearly we will keep offering this for free but I wonder if
anyone has a better "how to" solution.
The 2007 thumbnails version is 700 Mb and even 8 months
after launch people are still taking 500Gb a month bandwidth
on downloads. The larger version (
2.3Gb) was on Torrent but that seems to be broken so we are
mailing out DVDs at a high rate too.
Current list of rated articles is nearing 30,000 ( 8x last
year) so either we have to think about a very different
product (won't run direct from a DVD file, multiple disks) or
we have to select much more on relevance as well as just
taking acceptable quality. Probably we will go for a size
where thumbnails or mid image size version still goes on a
DVD, where we have 8-10,000 articles and where we have a
larger version at 5Gb or so for some sort of compressed
download. However, when we put a newer larger version up we
are worried about just how big the bandwidth might be. Also
whether to re-try Torrent, whether there is something better
and whether to use a remote download service like Amazon.
SO: you guys must have some really big downloads and
bandwidths to handle and understand them much better than I
do. What should we go for to provide this free service to
offline static users at a minimum price?
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