Don´t link the Fox

Seit gestern gibt es bekanntlich den neuen FireFox, wenn auch noch nicht offiziell, zum Download. Nun hat sich der FireFox Entwickler Preed in seinem Weblog zu Wort gemeldet und bitten Webseitenbetreiber, keine Direktlinks zu FireFox-Installationsdateien zu setzen.

Auch wenn die frühzeitige Veröffentlichung gewollt war, so mögen doch vor allem gut besuchte Websites von einem Direktlink absehen:

When people link to bits directly on a random FTP mirror, they’re doing a number of people harm including, quite possibly, themselves:

* Digg and Reddit posts linking to direct FTP mirrors could be costing the operators of those mirrors hundreds to thousands of dollars in bandwidth bills, or may cause them to crash by linking directly to them. This could cause them to „un-volunteer“ their services as a mirror, making it even harder to obtain Firefox on release days.

* People posting direct link to FTP mirrors don’t know if that mirror is a member of the Mozilla FTP Mirror Farm, or some random, unverified mirror. We work hard to verify that the mirrors in our farm are serving the same bits we released, and we cannot make the same claim about other mirrors that aren’t part of our farm. When using direct FTP links to random mirrors, users run the risk of downloading bits that have not been checked to ensure they do not contain a virus or trojan.

* „That’s ok,“ you say: „I link directly to ftp.mozilla.org!“ That can be even worse! Killing the project’s FTP server does not help anyone, least of all people trying to obtain Firefox builds. And it makes for a grumpy IT group. And nobody wants grumpy IT groups. Especially a day before a release.

Nun ja, wo er recht hat, hat er recht. Wobei sich dieses aber auch auf weniger gut besuchte Webseiten projizieren lässt, denn bekanntlich macht Kleinvieh auch Mist :)

[via preed’s blah-blah-blahg]