It looks like a few people are finding there way over here from “Harveydanger.com”:http://harveydanger.com
I don’t have too much written up about the preparations, just “two”:http://www.geekfun.com/2005/07/30/webserver-auditions-alternatives-to-apache/ “posts”:http://www.geekfun.com/2005/08/13/webserver-auditions-round-two/ about some of the HTTP servers we considered, and some notes about “best practices for tagging MP3s”:http://www.geekfun.com/2005/09/14/tagging-mp3s-for-online-distribution/.
A short list of tools we ended up using:
* Debian Sarge on the webserver running “Lighttpd 1.3.16”:http://www.lighttpd.net/ which is currently pumping out between 6 and 10 Mbytes/s over 70-100 simutaneous connections while only taking a couple MB of memory and less than 10% of the CPU on a modest athlon XP box.
* CentOS for the tracker which is running “the BNBT tracker”:http://bnbt.depthstrike.com/index.php?title=Main_Page on a virtual private server.
* Ripped a WAV from CD using “Exact Audio Copy”:http://www.exactaudiocopy.de, encoded with the aid of “Foobar2000”:http://www.foobar2000.org/ driving LAME 3.90.3 and OggEnc using LibVorbis v1.1.1. (“Hydrogen Audio”:http://www.hydrogenaudio.org was an invaluable source of tips).
* Tagged with a combo of FooBar iTunes, WinAmp and Windows Media Player.
* Created the Torrents with “Azeureus”:http://azureus.sourceforge.net/. The distributed tracker option seems like a cool idea, but makes it much harder to eliminate your earlier versions if you have to update your torrent files.
There are about 500 leechers right now on the torrent, and the number of seeders has gone from ~500 when I started this post, to ~750 when I just checked now.
Enjoy the music. Goodnight.