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Come on, Apple!

So I’m downloading the WebKit source code which I need for an upcoming FOSSwire tutorial. Downloading it from SVN is painfully slow, but then I can’t remember SVN checkouts ever having been that fast.

There’s another option to download – grabbing a .tar.bz2 of the latest nightly. Downloading that over HTTP is, guess what, also painfully slow.

Downloading WebKit progress

The top speed this connection can do on download is around 250 Kbytes per second. It’s downloading at less than 10% of that capacity, with no other activity on the connection. Downloads from other sites run much faster. Now it might just be me, but I can’t help thinking Apple are either not putting enough resources into WebKit.org, or they’re deliberately degrading the download experience.

I hope for their sake it’s the former, and if so, come on Apple, put some resources into it! You wouldn’t have a base for Safari if it wasn’t for the open source community, so let’s be nice back shall we?

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2 Comments

  1. Jacob wrote:

    I just tried downloading from the source link on webkit.org, and it ran at my full connection speed (60 KB/s). No problems here… 😛

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 21:39 | Permalink | Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.8 on Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu Linux
  2. Peter wrote:

    I’m sorry Apple, come here, have a hug.

    I’m going to end up downloading the whole damn thing tomorrow while I’m at college. Then I can finish my post off and publish tomorrow, with any luck. But it will be Friday… :/

    I would reveal the exact nature of my tutorial, but I couldn’t possibly do that in the public domain before it’s published. 😉

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 22:07 | Permalink | Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.10 on Mac OS Mac OS

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