On Sunday 10 December 2006 13:33, Anthony Bryan wrote: .....
I always thought manually gathering URLs was annoying and I'm glad I could finally talk some people into trying metalink. Having the multiple redundant URLs and automating it is all much simpler.
The idea to automate mirror (download source) selection is great, but there is so many details on and around your web page that doesn't help me.
Let me explain.
1) Project web page http://www.metalinker.org gives promisses in the same marketing style as menu commercial sites. All is so great, no problems, only benefits, the life is good.
2) All rights reserved at the bottom, sounds so proprietary. No word about license.
3) Downloads are verified for enhanced reliability. -Nothing new for YaST users.
4) No Single Point of Failure (SPOF) like FTP or HTTP URLs. -It showed that implementation is not that perfect and single point of failure ruined some people experience. Anything that comes with a lot of declarative sentences and some inserted jokes, can't give me confidence. Jokes alone are not the problem.
5) More fault tolerant. -I don't need rsync to repair anything with classic methods like wget.
6) It's a neutral standard that doesn't favor any one program, Operating system, or group, and is easy to implement. -Who made it standard? I can't find references on web site.
7) OpenOffice.org uses Metalinks. http://distribution.openoffice.org/p2p/magnet.html I'm removing listed magnet clients from any computer and explain users that they should not install them again. Do you think that anything listed on the same page will gain my trust?
As I said, the idea is very attractive, but marketing isn't. The download speed and convenient automation of process are not the only factors when someone uses Internet as a software source.