Debian Packages via Bittorrent

Arnaud Kyheng, a very bad man (but in a good way :)) has released an early version of Apt-Torrent. I’m not sure why but this seems like a madcap idea to me. The basic principles behind it, take the load away from the generous hosted main sites and distribute it a little, are sound and valid but it just seems odd to me. Still I feel the need to give it a twirl.

Update: In the email based discussions I’ve had with people about this the one killer issue seems to be the security issue of down-loading packages from random sites. This is a false problem, the tracker (which contains the package data and checksums) can be hosted on a trusted site, if you don’t trust the Debian servers why are you using the distribution, this way any packages you download can be verified against a known good baseline.