Bittorrent downloads for pfsense



  • Will there ever be torrents published for PFSENSE? Some days downloading from the mirrors is a bit slow, and with BT I can usually get an iso in half the time I can get it from a mirror.

    Just a thought. Would be cool if updates could be distributed that way as well. But the last thing we need is to add bloat to pfsense itself.



  • IMHO: that means getting the pfSense from on unidentified source.

    I guess that will never happen. And If I see one, I would never download it for that reason.

    Mirrors exists because they are syncing with the official source - and no one else.

    Note that 'mirrors' often propose more then only pfSense. Thousands of projects uses mirrors, so they are always busy.

    I have nothing against "Bittorrent" but I would never use it to download an executable. Other type of files, ok  ;)


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    If the RELEASE announcement is PGP signed and contains the hashes of the distributions, bittorrent would be fine.  There's at least something to check against.

    I see this as a non-starter since pfSense is so small.

    
    pfSense-LiveCD-2.2-RC-amd64.iso.gz                        2014-12-09 23:45   84M
    
    


  • @Derelict:

    I see this as a non-starter since pfSense is so small.

    Exactly, it's not big enough that it matters. And most downloads after the initial install are auto-update anyway. If we were putting out multi-GB DVD ISOs, that'd be a different matter. Not likely we'll do bittorrent downloads.



  • @Gertjan:

    IMHO: that means getting the pfSense from on unidentified source.

    I guess that will never happen. And If I see one, I would never download it for that reason.

    Mirrors exists because they are syncing with the official source - and no one else.

    Note that 'mirrors' often propose more then only pfSense. Thousands of projects uses mirrors, so they are always busy.

    I have nothing against "Bittorrent" but I would never use it to download an executable. Other type of files, ok  ;)

    The official mirrors could have the BitTorrent file. Torrent files contain SHA1-160 for each block, and each block size is known, so you can't just pad block sizes to more easily forge a SHA1. As someone else has pointed out, one could just verify the final image's SHA256 with what's on the site.


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