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OSL Gets Bandwidth Donation from TDS 73

kveton writes "The OSL is pleased to announce that TDS Telecom has donated 600 Mbits of connectivity in order to ramp up their mirror infrastructure. The projects hosted at the OSL can now upload to the mirrors co-located in the TDS facilities in Chicago and Atlanta via their main data center in Corvallis, OR."
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OSL Gets Bandwidth Donation from TDS

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  • by McFadden ( 809368 ) on Tuesday March 07, 2006 @03:55AM (#14864980)
    I have 1 Gigabit just for a single laptop in my apartment (in Japan). Mind you, not that I ever really get to use it. My PC can't manage more than about 5% utilization before it starts thrashing its disk and grinding to a halt. P2P takes on a whole new dimension when you can download an entire divx'd DVD in 5 minutes.
    • Well, your home line is not intended to be utilized 100% all the time, and you would probably not get 1Gbit/s for very long (probably bursted in the beginning) if you and your neighbours tried to use all the bandwith..

      The donated 600Mbit/s on the other hand, that is probably a connection that is guaranteed to work under a high load 24/7.
    • Can I be your roommate? If so, am I going to have to learn Japanese?
      • Not really. Japan has a lot of programs that bring over US workers and they do not require ANY knowledge of Japanese. They pay you a really nice salary (in the 50k range) pay for your medical, and pay for your housing. Plus they also fly you back home a couple times a year (or any place you want to go to). Some of the jobs are manual labor jobs, but others are for teaching Japanese students how to speak English...the cool thing is, you do not have to know Japanese - the kids are given to you with some u
    • by imsabbel ( 611519 ) on Tuesday March 07, 2006 @07:19AM (#14865385)
      What you dont consider is that this kind of bandwith exists only virually.
      Yeah, you say thats you are the only on in your street using that fibre.
      But how many in your town? How many in your district? use that service?
      The total international interconnectivity of japan combined couldnt sustain even thousand of those kind of connections anyway. And while internal routing might be less tight, but the end result (when broadly available) will be the same as in hong-kong: your fancy ultra speed "internet" is nothing more than a fast intranet with undersized internet connection.
      • I think you're reading too much into what I was saying. You think I'm not aware of that? I'm not a complete idiot. There's always someone available of Slashdot to point out what they think you don't know, rather than what you don't know.
  • by Neo-Rio-101 ( 700494 ) on Tuesday March 07, 2006 @03:58AM (#14864985)
    They're going to need all that bandwith when they get slashdotted.
    • The funny thing is that they could handle it before they got this bandwidth. The slashdot effect only goes so far these days. Some setups don't even blink an eye. They host Debian's main mirrors, mozilla's main mirrors, gentoo's main mirrors ... and you think that slashdoting is going to be much more than a blip on their MRTG? heh
    • actually, thanks to tubgirl, lemonparty, and, of course, goatse, slashdot readers have been a lot more hesitant to click those links.
  • by Zephiris ( 788562 ) on Tuesday March 07, 2006 @05:16AM (#14865146)
    Possibly off-topic, but so many headlines recently use acronyms for things which are possibly unfamiliar, and don't provide a link on the Acronym to the homepage or an entry about whatever-it-is. Some of the stories are starting to look like the old joke, "You got a you-know-what from you-know-who, and you're supposed to take it to you-know-where by you-know when. Wink Wink. Nudge Nudge."
    • Heck, I just scanned all the comments, and I *still* don't know what OSL or TDS is. Usually some helpful commenter will post definitions, or at least links, but this topic is dry... I'm thinking it has something to do with downloading Linux distributions?
      • The OSL is the Open Source Lab ran out of Oregon State University. Among other things, it provides hosting to open source software. Things like Gentoo, Firefox and Linux, for example.
    • You got a you-know-what from you-know-who, and you're supposed to take it to you-know-where by you-know when. Wink Wink. Nudge Nudge."

      "That's Hogwarts business"

      Personally, I think the topic poster made those acronyms up ;)
    • Agreed. Slashdot needs to start adding abbr tags for these non-basic abbreviations. Then when you hover over em you can get a general idea what they stand for.
  • The Daily Show? (Score:2, Offtopic)

    by dangitman ( 862676 )
    It's nice to know that Jon Stewart is such a fan of bandwidth. Is he doing this so we can transmit more Bush jokes?
  • another day... another story about how amazing oregon is...
    • I live in Oregon. I have lived here all my life. I have never submitted a slashdot story but I can see how others who live here might want to brag. I must say it is indeed more ways then one.

      Amazing how beautiful it is and how we have so much diversity at our fingertips.
      Amazing how much technology, open source software, and community there is.
      Amazing how much charity Oregonians are able to come up with for various causes every year.
      Amazing how great comic books and shows like the s
  • All good news, but, what happens when a new distro needs some hosting and bandwidth?

    I've provided some limited hosting to a new distro (which I dare not mention here) and the cost of dealing with several hundred ISO downloads a day is pretty expensive.

  • Gee, that was really cheap. Most of us use more than 600Mbit in a few seconds. OHHHH! perhaps you meant Mbps, not Mbit......
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 07, 2006 @09:06AM (#14865627)
    To all the posters claiming this a gift of hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars per month -- you're wrong. 600mbit is a decent commit level, and in a true datacenter, they'll be able to provide that without blinking. Depending on the quality of bandwidth (aka, who people peer with), it will cost them between $20 and $40 per mbit/sec. They don't charge by how much traffic you move. At this level, they don't care if you transfer 50GB or 500GB, it's all about how fast you move it. They would normaly bill customers at the 95%, not by overall transfer stats. That means these guys can push 600Mbit/sec inbound and outbound 24/7, and nobody will care. Of course, this is one hell of an amazing gift. It's just not nearly as high as people are claiming it is.
  • TDS are good people (Score:5, Informative)

    by bofkentucky ( 555107 ) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .ykcutnekfob.> on Tuesday March 07, 2006 @09:14AM (#14865651) Homepage Journal
    They donated a fast mirror to Sun Freeware [], which makes all of us Sun jockey's breathe a little easier.
  • What does the Ontario Soccer League need with all that bandwidth?
  • by GmAz ( 916505 )
    My district just got our 20mbps line put in and this thing flies. I download at around 4 megabytes per second. Thats a 100meg file in under a minute. Very generous and hope its used well.
  • What is OSU OSL? (Score:3, Informative)

    by kbahey ( 102895 ) on Tuesday March 07, 2006 @12:32PM (#14866951) Homepage
    I agree the summary should have more context ...

    OSU OSL is Oregon State University Open Source Labs.

    This is a project that manages infrastructure (machines, bandwidth) for many open source projects.

    Their list of projects [] include Debian, Drupal, Gentoo, Mozilla and others ...

    So, it is really good news, since the longevity of these projects are better (not that they were in danger or anything).

    Disclaimer: I contribute to Drupal.

  • I work for TDS Telecom as tech support in Madison, WI.. for the record, TDS Telecom SUCK as an ISP, trust me on this one. TDS Metrocom isn't nearly as bad but twice as disfunctional.

BLISS is ignorance.