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Does it take a lot of time to download most GNU/Linux Software usually ? There are several small distros of Linux at ibiblio.org, however the server is so slow and a 50MB download takes like 3 hours. Moreover, it gets disconnected sometimes.
I tried to download the Damn Small Linux as well as the llx BBC Linux from ibiblio. My Modem is 56K. For 14 to 20 MB it used to take like 20 minutes. so 50 Megs should take like 1 hour at the most. 3 hours is too much. The chances for disconnection and errors increase greatly. All mirrors for these also seem to be slow. Hence my original question.
a bit of simple math here should help out, a 56K modem can transfer 56 kilobits per second(theoretical maximum), assuming all of this goes on data ie no stop/parity/flow control bits and the tcp/ip headers are negligable then the maximum amount of data flow is 56 kilobits per second, there are 8 bits in a byte giving a theoretical maximum of 7 kilobytes per second which would be (50*1024)/(7*60)=121.9 minutes to download 50MB, if its compressed before it comes down the line the best ratio you can get for lossless compression is 1/2 so that gets it down to an hour but that really is absolute theoretical minimum. and isnt really achieveable in the real world. i would say about 2.5 hours is average-good for 50MB on 56K dialup