Now more than ever, we need edge-network computing. Yesterday the UTwente mirror for the Mandrake 9.1 release shut off access to the ISO images:
Our server was suffering real bad under this and we had to block downloads of mandrake. We are really sorry for this :( Derk-Jan Hartman
This was most sad since UTwente is one of the very few mirrors properly configured to serve ISO images as binary content, and that's a requirement for trying to save Derk-Jan's servers by distributing the download using our Open Content Network download page.
Shamefull self promotion? Not really, not intentionally. There's no ads on that page and only one link back to our site, it's lean and to the point, existing only to set up the OCN for these downloads. With the current crush on Mandrake 9.1, and considering I'm one of the converts who believe this is one of the most complete and accessible Linux distros ever, I just want to get the release out the door without ticking off kind mirror managers like Derk-Jan, and if you ask me, OCN's 'WebRAID' is just the way to do it.