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From Dirk-Willem van Gulik <>
Subject Re: Mirror sites and geographic location...
Date Tue, 06 Jul 1999 08:00:18 GMT

On Sun, 4 Jul 1999, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> > Would you mind categorizing your mirror sites according to geographic
> > location? A long list of URLs doesn't actually tell me which site is
> > closest. Yes, I know that geographic proximity does equal network proximity,
> > but at least a general indicator of Countries and Regions would be nice
> > (USA - West Coast; USA - Midwest; USA - East Coast; Canada; etc.).
> They are already categorized by country (yes, there is the perhaps
> mistaken assumption that [.com,.net,.org] = .us).  Categorizing further
> would be a bear to maintain, since network proximity is so variant over
> time.  If a mirror site wants to let us know about its
> location/connectivity, though, we do have a field for that in the DB.

Though it would be tempting to copy across a small image map, where
maintainers can click on to get the lat/lon, and a second one generated
over night which has red dots. And user's can click for your 'nearest'.


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