[ILUG-BOM] Ubuntu/Debian/Gentoo and updates: bandwidth?

Paul Alapatt paul.alapatt@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Tue Jun 14 23:11:39 IST 2005

> >All suggestions are most welcome. :)
> Going off on a tangent and starting a new thread. (I did reply to an
> existing message, but I removed the headers and changed the subject.)
> Let's say you have a business where you go around installing this
> hassle-free new computer system for people, so they don't have to worry
> about Windows problems and also don't have to worry about package
> management, root, etc. I'm referring to Ubuntu of course.
> Or even if slightly advanced users wanted Gentoo or Debian. What follows
> below still stands.
> How do they get updates? These systems must be kept updated, at least
> once in 2 weeks, to do any good. The usual way to do it is to point the
> system at an online package repository. Bandwidth and download limits in
> India cause this to be a big pain in the wallet -- no ordinary user is
> going to do it and many technical users will not want to.
> So, any solutions? A local package mirror is one, but you still have the
> last-mile link being a bottleneck. Update CDs that they can subscribe
> to, that Rony can have delivered once a month or so?
> Thoughts?

Dear Satya,

I am not sure if this is correct line of thought.

But would it not be feasible to use yum-arch and archive all the yum updates
on the intranet? Such that this server handles the downloading of the
requisite package updates, and then in turn acts as a yum repository for the

This works pretty much the way, the Windows Remote Administrative Utilities
in Windows 2000 Enterprise works.

Take care,
Paul Alapatt

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