The fastest debian mirror site in China has just come back online. The once long standing debian.cn99.com went offline a few months ago without any notice or explanation from its administrators. Many Chinese debianers had been guessing when it would come back or if it ever would.
Today, to my great delight the the debian mirror server resurrected. Not only does it have debian mirrors, but also stores other popular distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, gentto and Archlinux.
The header.txt file in the root directory of Debian CN99 indicates the mirror server is now taken care of by one of the biggest Internet portal site in China: netease.com, which is also known as 163.com. The header.txt says:
Welcome to Open source projects Archive on 163(aka netease.com)
Mirror access is available at
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions and/or questions.
This means debianers now can use http://mirrors.163.com/ as an alternative address to do apt-get.
With a giant Internet cooperation — 163.com — sponsoring the mirror server, I am reasonably expecting it to serve the community in a long period of time to come.