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RE: [oswg-dis] Re: reader comments & reviews



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kendall Clark []
> Sent: Monday, January 31, 2000 11:30 AM
> To: Greg Ferguson
> Subject: Re: [oswg-dis] Re: reader comments & reviews
> 
> 
> >>>>> "Greg" == Greg Ferguson <gferg@hoop.timonium.sgi.com> writes:
> 
>     Greg> Why make people choose - "for
>     Greg> the RPM Howto you have to jump the the OSWG site,
>     Greg> sorry". More than once that has happened to me (personally),
>     Greg> and it's very frustrating.
> 
> I don't understand why this is a problem. This is the *web*, after
> all, a hypertext system. Why is it onerous at all to put down 
> links on 
> LDP to OSWG content and just let people follow links? Unless, of
> course, you're a commercial entity, trying to retain people on your
> site, which is irrelevant for the LDP, I would think.
> 
> Am I missing something obvious?

Perhaps maintenence issues and speed?  It's harder to maintain links to
someone else's site than it is to maintain internal links, since you never
really know when somebody is going to change something "out there".  As for
speed, I think the quote was something like 209 LDP mirrors worldwide.
Seems to me that if I'm in east Kazakstan, I'd rather download from
someplace in Russisa than from the USA.  Good for the internet overall.  The
other issue that I just thought of is that some sites don't provide any way
to link into their content, so basically you say "it's on this site
someplace, go find it".  I'm pretty sure that the OSWG site isn't so badly
managed, but it's an issue in general for linking to other sites.
        Greg


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