On Thu, 2007-11-01 at 09:46 +0200, Antti J. Huhtala wrote: > I read there has been controversy about XML but I didn't know (and > still don't) the details. For the gory details on what is XML, visit the W3C website at <http://www.w3.org/>. For Microsofts dirtying of the waters, you'd have to Google on that. In a nutshell, XML is being used (amongst its other uses) as a data format for some infamous office software. Of course, they're not going to use it properly. So rather than join the bandwagon of using an open format, they're going to try and dominate with their own version. /me mutters something about leopards and spots, without referring to Apple's leopard. > On another note, how hard can it be to check checksums before putting > files on mirrors? It seems like a terrible waste of bandwidth to let > hundreds, maybe thousands of users try one mirror after another only > to fail updating at the end... There's something strange about how it works. If it were me, I'd be pushing the files to a server (or getting a server to pull them in), then updating the list of what's available. And arranging it to be done on some sort of time scale so that a service wasn't in an invalid state for anything other than a few minutes. -- (This box runs FC5, my others run FC4 & FC6, in case that's important to the thread.) Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored. I read messages from the public lists.