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Debian Project Shuts Down Its Public FTP Services, Developers Are Not Affected

The decision to close the Debian FTP services for users was taken because the FTP servers in their current state lack support for acceleration or caching, as well as that they aren’t quite used lately due to the fact that the Debian Installer no longer provides an FTP option for accessing mirrors since more than ten years ago. Shutting down of Debian’s public FTP services was also driven by the fact that the development of numerous FTP clients has stagnated, offering cumbersome configurations to users, and FTP as a protocol appears to no longer be efficient, requiring adding strange workarounds to firewalls and load-balancing daemons.