mardi 31 mai 2011

First Tunisian Debian mirror

It seems that Tunisia hosts a new shiny complete Debian mirror since a few days. It's available at It even has all release architectures, which was a good surprise. Possibly, this new mirror will get its some day if it implements all the requirements (which are listed here). As far as I know, this is the second complete Debian mirror in Africa. The first one is hosted in South Africa. Algeria hosts a Debian mirror too, but has i386 only. had even a complete debian-cd/ directory when I had a look at it last Friday, but it disappeared over the week-end. I do wonder if it will come back at some point. It would make a lot of people happier, in my opinion.

This new mirror is hosted by ATI (Tunisian Internet Agency), a government agency which organizes anything that has something to do with Internet :) (IP addressing, interconnection of ISPs, mail gateways, main registrar of .tn domain extension, …). During Ben Ali's era, they were known for Internet censorship. But, it seems that censorship was controlled directly by the palace. Since the revolution in Tunisia, ATI tried to clean his name and start a "new life".

At the same location, they also host other mirrors among which we can find: Ubuntu, Mozilla, Eclipse, CPAN, Apache and Fedora. So, I think I'm not mistaken to say that there is a real intention to support Free Software. I hope they'll be able to go further and provide hosting for Free Software Clubs/Groups in Tunisia, or even help to organise FOSS events.

Anyway… It's nice to know that I'll have a decent Debian mirror to use this summer from Tunisia :)

The revolution continues… stay tuned!

2 commentaires:

  1. If you want you contact the admin of the mirror to help him implementing the requirements indicated in your post. We (the ubuntu Tunisian community) are doing so with the ubuntu mirror to be an official national mirror.

  2. What's missing is FTP/RSYNC accces to the mirror, only. A Debian mirror admin already told them that, and there was no reaction. And, before the mirror was set up, we offered our help (Zied and I), but the answer was "Don't worry! We will handle it!"…