Ferenc Szekely has just posted an explanation of what went wrong with the firmware and repository downloads over the holiday period on the Maemo developer list.
“The infrastructure is built so that the content from repository.maemo.org is served thru a huge caching network. We were supposed to use the same network for the firmware downloads as well, but due to a misconfiguration and _my negligence_ all the requests ended up at our origin server (stage.maemo.org).
Soon after the N810 launch the traffic dramatically increased and the server could not handle it anymore. It was actually never meant to handle such load.”
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