Andy Robinson writes:
I find the web interface totally unusable from IE5 and Netscape 4.XX, working over 64k lines or dialup lines. Once one logs in via SSL, only about one click in five ever returns a sensible page, and most just time out
I've not been able to reproduce this behavior; the Web interface seems to work well with IE5 and Netscape 4.XX for me; the only problem I've had with IE5 is accessing a project's anonymous FTP area from the project page (IE5 just froze completely). Netscape didn't exhibit that problem for me and allowed perfectly reasonable use. Sometimes it seems a little slow, but I attribute that to load and the public-key crypto using SSH for CVS access; I understand that CVS doesn't have the most efficient wire-protocol either. I should note that I've mostly used it over T1 and cable modem links; I don't know that smaller pipes would make a huge difference though. I'd be more suspicious of trans-Atlantic linkage than anything else without having more information. Routing can do strange things, so you may be getting the worst-possible link for SourceForge while other things get better routes, but I wouldn't expect that to be terribly consistent.
How many people here have actually created accounts for themselves on SourceForge and tried to do stuff when logged in - raise bugs and so on? Did it work for you? We ought to get a few data points before making this the way Python is managed.
I've never had the kind of problems you describe.