Azureus, Capistrano, and Vonage

A few things I learned from putting out RORVM last week:

  • When you publish a torrent, you can publish with a “torrent tracker” site, or do it “trackerless” (dht). I used Azureus to do it the trackerless way, and I think that was the wrong choice. Going trackerless reduces the ability for others to find the torrent, which then reduces the number of other seeders to help distribute it. So I’ll try a tracker for the next one, but I’m still not sure of the best tracker to use, though.
  • For a “Linux Appliance VM”, which mine is, you could imagine another means of distribution. Instead, download a standard VM image (say a straight Ubuntu Breezy 5.10 server install — or just the CD iso and install yourself) — and then re-configure the VM with a tool like Ruby’s Capistrano. So my instructions would change to 1. download ruby+capistrano to your PC. 2. download a straight Ubuntu VM. 3. download my capistrano script to re-configure the VM. Wouldn’t require a torrent on my part. But the cost of a few more steps to get it running.
  • If you do try to download my current VM image as it stands, you might find no seeds available. I was keeping Azureus running on my home box to make sure we had at least one seed, but I’ve had a problem — Vonage. I’ve been making full use of the Comcast cable connection, running a lot of stuff over it, including my home phone. Well, with the 40K of upload traffic that was consumed by seeding my torrent, we started having problems with “line is busy” or other errors in calling our Vonage number. Not 100% sure it’s cause-and-effect, and don’t know why Vonage isn’t falling over to the backup number, but I’m blaming it on the torrent for now, and may need to find another way.
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