Dear SWITCHmirror customers
SWITCH decided to shut down the SWITCHmirror server later this year. This is the detailed shutdown roadmap.
The shutdown process will start on Tuesday 11. September 2018, when we will drop all the smaller and less used packages.
We identified the top 25 packages or repositories that are most often used. All these packages will still be available and get updated until Wednesday 30. October 2018.
As of Thursday 1. November 2018, we will drop the top 25 one by one in coordination with their master sites. This process will be ended by Friday 16. November 2018.
Most users will not notice any difference at all, since nowadays most packages automatically redirect to a suitable mirror site. Sometimes but quite often more advanced strategies like IP geo location data or even network routing info are used to pick a close by download site.
For all major packages several other mirror servers exist in nearby countries well reachable by the SWITCH Community via the GÉANT backbone.
During the installation process of mainly Linux OSs it is possible to hand-pick a download mirror site. Some users might have done that. They should modify such configurations before Thursday 1. November 2018.
However, we expect that once the SWITCHmirror server no longer returns any files under the configured URL the software will fall back to another one and report the issue in its log.
The roots of SWITCHmirror go way back to the early 90's when the SWITCHinfo FTP server provided access to mirrored content otherwise inaccessible during the office hours. At that time, all international links to the Internet were completely overloaded during the day. Incremental mirroring during the night provided a huge benefit to the SWITCH Community. Popular packages at that time were the RFC and Internet-Draft documents as well as open source software like GNU and X11.
SWITCHinfo later became the Swiss SunSITE server and in 2004 it was relaunched as SWITCHmirror.
The Sun hardware now in use since 2008 became obsolete.Quick access to download servers during office hours is no longer a challenge but a commodity.
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