For popular ftp sites there usually exist quite a number of mirrors. The
link on the webpage of the original developer/owner to his own ftp site.
Furthermore there is usually a page containing all the mirror sites.
Consquence of this is that ftp site of the original developer/owner gets
most of the traffic and quite some users experience a download which is
slower then would be needed (a mirror close by would probably be faster).
For Windooz there exist programs which you run on your machine which
automatically find the best mirror or download from multiple mirrors
E.g. Download Accelelator http://www.speedbit.com/DAP7/DefaultT.asp?
Disadvantage of this is that you need this extra program.
Isn't it possible to solve this just on the server side, so that for a
user it is just transparent where the file comes from.
I'll try to explain it further with an example.
Let's say redhat publishes a new file and put a link on their webpage
the user which checks which of the mirrors is geographically close by
and has still spare capacity and starts downloading from that file.
This has 3 advantages. The user receives the file earlier, Redhat saves
some bandwidth and its completely transparent
You could also enhance apt or yum with this.
Does this exist? Is it possible? If it possible/exists why does nobody