[Linux-aus] Videoing LUG Talks

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Wed Feb 6 21:13:30 UTC 2008

Steven Hanley wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 10:15:07PM +1100, Sridhar Dhanapalan wrote:
>> On Tue, 5 Feb 2008, Steven Hanley <sjh at svana.org> wrote:
>>> Any LUG generated audoo or video content can be hosted on the Linux
>>> Austrlia Mirror. If you happen to have some simply send en amil to
>>> mirroring at lists.linux.org.au and we will explain to youw how to upload the
>>> content.
>> My understanding is that LA will not provide LUGs with direct access to their 
>> mirror server. This forces LUGs to keep their own video repository, which can 
>> then be mirrored by LA. I can understand why this policy might exist, but it 
>> presents a hassle and expense for LUGs just to get their video online. In 
>> fact, it's kept SLUG from putting their videos up for quite some time now.
>> I'd really like to see the 'LUG in a Box' idea grow into a complete hosting 
>> solution[1] for LUGs to select if they wish. I'm all in favour of ways to 
>> (buzzword alert! ...) lower the administrative burden on local groups by 
>> leveraging the economies of scale that a national organisation possesses.
> I am one of the three people on the mirror team, I know we have a mechanism
> in place for any LUG who wants to directly upload content. James Purser was
> doing this for the SLUG stuff. It is not rocket science, just ftp.

Sridhar -- you're understanding is kinda-true. The mirror team (Steven,
Andrew Pollock and myself) have a preference for not being the canonical
source for content. That's mainly because a pure mirror has very
different (and laxer) backup requirement than a primary source. Worst
case with a pure mirror we can just download all the stuff we mirror
again if we lose the machine.

Then again, we are already the primary source for a bunch of stuff. LCA
videos seem the most obvious example. So, I'm sure we can work out
something with the SLUG folk if this is an issue. Given we've already
got the problem of being the primary source for stuff, we might as well
make it worse!

(And as a more general plea -- if there's something stopping you from
using the mirror, please please please email
mirroring at lists.linux.org.au... We can't fix problems that we're not
aware of.)


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