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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Live testing of SF download mirrors
Date Fri, 06 Apr 2012 16:59:08 GMT
On Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:
> Please note:  https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=119194
>
> I'm about to apply this patch. It will cause download requests to go
> to the SourceForge mirrors instead of MirrorBrain.  We want to confirm
> that things are set up properly on the SF side, before we get the
> deluge of downloads for AOO 3.4.
>
> So please respond to this post with any oddities you see or hear about
> with users downloading OOo 3.3 releases over the next few days.
>

This is live now (in production).

Two issues that I see so far:

1) The MirrorBrain downloads were redirecting the user to
http://www.openoffice.org/download/contribute.html, along with URL
parameters that indicated the file that was downloaded.

This is very useful for a couple of reasons:

A) This is our best chance to make the user aware of the support
options, the mailing lists, the install instructions, etc.  It is our
opportunity to "hook" them into getting more involved with the
community and the ecosystem.

B) The URL parameters give us information on what platforms and
languages are downloaded most often.  For example:

http://www.openoffice.org/download/contribute.html?download-mirrorbrain&files/stable/3.3.0/OOo_3.3.0_Win_86_install-wJRE_en-US.exe

The current SourceForge download path does not do these things.  I
think this is important and needs to be addressed.  Maybe something
could be done by forming similar URL's and showing that page in an
IFrame from the SF download page?

2) I have not done any timings, but the download speed seems slower,
at least the time taken until the download is actually started.

-Rob

> -Rob

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