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That appears to be related to your local DNS actually: Couldn't resolve host 'mirrors.rpmfusion.org' Try using Google Public DNS resolvers: https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using Or set any of the IPs in your hosts file, that are displayed when you type: $ dig mirrors.rpmfusion.org @8.8.8.8 +short


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Usually each Linux distro has a few central servers were they put directly all the packages. But there exists mirrors arround the world that have copies of these packages. These mirrors comunicate directly with the central servers looking for updates periodically. Normally there is a delay in the release of an update between this central servers and the ...


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With regard to Debian, companies using Debian donate servers and bandwidth. I think the Project also uses monetary donations to purchase hardware, particularly specialist hardware. You can find discussions of this on the Debian mailing lists. However, I've never heard of Debian paying for bandwidth. Presumably they can find enough ISPs to let them use ...


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Most of the time big company like Intel IBM AMD ... If you look at Ubuntu that's the canonical company that handle the bandwidth. For source forge lots of universities offers bandwidth and once again big company like phone operators (free in France for example). Centos gives a list of bandwidth sponsor on this page http://www.centos.org/download/mirrors/ ...


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Like @goldilocks answered, the Ubuntu softwares doesn't necessarily come for free. There are commercial packages available with Ubuntu also. Look at this link for the list of commercially provided softwares by Ubuntu. It is the same way like how google works. I do google search for almost everything but I am not paying anything. Also, there are companies ...


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I would assume most distros accept individual private donations (they may also accept free hosting). However, that is probably not the bulk of their financing in most cases. Note that some of the major distros may have some paid staff, and possibly also office space, the cost of which likely exceeds that of hosting the repos1. This should not be taken to ...



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