• Shutting down public FTP services

    From =?utf-8?Q?C=C3=A9dric?= Boutillier@21:1/5 to All on Tue Apr 25 16:30:02 2017
    The Debian Project https://www.debian.org/ Shutting down public FTP services press@debian.org
    April 25th, 2017 https://www.debian.org/News/2017/20170425 ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    After many years of serving the needs of our users, and some more of
    declining usage in favor of better options, all public-facing debian.org
    FTP services will be shut down on November 1, 2017. These are:

    * ftp://ftp.debian.org
    * ftp://security.debian.org

    This decision is driven by the following considerations:

    * FTP servers have no support for caching or acceleration.
    * Most software implementations have stagnated and are awkward to use
    and configure.
    * Usage of the FTP servers is pretty low as our own installer has not
    offered FTP as a way to access mirrors for over ten years.
    * The protocol is inefficient and requires adding awkward kludges to
    firewalls and load-balancing daemons.

    Information for users

    The DNS names ftp.debian.org and ftp.<CC>.debian.org will remain the
    same. The mirrors should just be accessed using HTTP instead:

    * http://ftp.debian.org
    * http://security.debian.org

    Information for developers

    Our developer services will not be affected. These are the upload queues
    for both the main and the security archive:

    * ftp://ftp.upload.debian.org
    * ftp://security-master.debian.org

    About Debian

    The Debian Project is an association of Free Software developers who
    volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the completely free operating system Debian.

    Contact Information

    For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at https://www.debian.org/, send mail to <press@debian.org>, or contact the
    mirror team at their public mailing list


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