Apt-P2p: A Peer-to-Peer Distribution System for Software Package Releases and Updates

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Executive Summary

The Internet has become a cost-effective vehicle for software development and release, particular in the free software community. Given the free nature of this software, there are often a number of users motivated by altruism to help out with the distribution, so as to promote the healthy development of this voluntary society. It is thus naturally expected that a peer-to-peer distribution can be implemented, which will scale well with large user bases, and can easily explore the network resources made available by the volunteers. Unfortunately, this application scenario has many unique characteristics, which make a straightforward adoption of existing peer-to-peer systems for file sharing (such as BitTorrent) suboptimal.

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