Debian is shutting down its public FTP services

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Debian is shutting down its public FTP services

Postby arochester » 2017-04-25 21:57

After many years of serving the needs of our users, and some more of declining usage in favor of better options, all public-facing FTP services will be shut down on November 1, 2017. These are:
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 and ftp.<CC> will remain the same. The mirrors should just be accessed using HTTP instead:
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