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Frequently Asked Questions

Rather, questions someone once asked us, are thus infrequent, and we think might be helpful to others. But, QSOAUATIAWTMBHTO is a cumbersome acronym, don't you agree?

Q: How did this all start?

A: Basically, it came about because of unused computer resources.

The Founder is a sysadmin who for years had a glut of unused resources, and was forever trying to find ways to achieve complete utilization.

Searches of the web showed that others were in similar situations. What was lacking was an organization to round us all up: The Free Mirror Project.

Q: Is there really a need for this?

A: Yes! We believe there is...

..and the data agrees with us.

Q: Aren't you just a bunch of nerds geeking out?

A: Yup!

For decades, we've been using Open Source software, never really wondering how we got it. It always "just worked". But really, nothing ever "just works", does it?

Things "just work" because people have given of themselves to MAKE it work.

Q: Why wouldn't donors just host their own mirrors?

A: They should if they can! For those who don't, we offer a simpler way to contribute.

In short, because "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." and "many hands make light work."

A constant effort is required to maintain a project like this. For those who don't, we offer to do the work so they don't have to.

We also provide much more diverse mirrors. We don't favour one project over another.