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I the early days of the Internet, sometimes it was faster for me to download from a mirror in Australia instead of one in the USA that was within 1000 miles of me. It just happens that some places have bandwidth issues at certain times in a day or week.

I have a "mirror", sort or, of LO on the LibreOffice-NA.US community DVD portal. I always use LO's main download site to get my copies of LO installs and the language/help packs. I let their system decide which of their "mirrors" they would connect me to for the download. I was told that their system chooses the mirror for me.

So, if you actually are given a choice, I have started downloading the same large file from 2 or 3 mirrors, giving them a -1 or -2, etc., add to their file names. Then I see which one will be completed faster. At that point, I pause the other downloads till the fastest one is completed. That way if the server starts to be slow, I go to a different one. It works well with Linux ISO files. You really want to have the fastest download times for a 3 or 4 GB file, even with broadband.

If you have not heard of the NA-DVD before on these lists:
The LibreOffice North American Community DVD project [ ], is where we create a DVD stuffed full of everything you might need to install LO onto your computer. That includes several languages for help files and language packs. Then there are the over 180 dictionaries, documentation, plus templates and extensions. There is an American dictionary/thesaurus with over 638K words in its spell-checking list, which I created for LO and is on the LO Extension Center as well as my portal. I am working on the 3.5.x line DVD right now. My last DVD ISO file you can download is 3.4.5. I will create a 3.4.6 when it comes out and I think 3.5.2 will be the first ISO of that line to be published.

You might check out the portal and see what is there. You might want have opinions on what is needed for the USA market.

There are links to the ISO files, the online versions of the DVDs, pamphlets, brochures, labels and "blank" background images, etc., etc..

On 03/26/2012 08:46 AM, Thomas Wicker wrote:
Hey, Alex, Tom,

Thanks for the replies!

Alex, I think you've got the right answer. As it happens, ibiblio was the default download method chosen when 
I clicked, "Download," from the main download page, likely having to do with it being *maybe* 10 km 
from where I'm sitting (Durham, N.C., USA). Clarkson, in the same time zone but up in Potsdam, N.Y., USA, is 
orders of magnitude (literally) farther away.

Maybe ibiblio just has more traffic and, thus, is slower? Not sure, nor am I sure if there's any way to 
change the algorithm for the default download location that gets fed to the Download link. Figured I'd let 
folks know, and then decisions can be made on whether to address it. I just imagine that more-naïve users 
might get discouraged from using LibreOffice if they don't know to look for other mirrors under the, 
"Info," link that's part of the Download button.

Thanks again, and have a great week!

Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
    -- Mark Twain

On Mar 26, 2012, at 5:20 AM, Alexander Thurgood<>  wrote:

Le 26/03/12 05:12, Thomas Wicker a écrit :

Hi Thomas,

Not sure what's up with the mirror, but I'd hold off
recommending it as a download site until ibiblio fixes whatever the issue

Having used this server in the past as the mirror for several Linux
distribs, it is not always one of the best performers I've ever
encountered. Personally, I would just switch to another mirror.


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