Nice thing about hot Linux distros is that they are very quickly heavily seeded on release. The hotter the better, I usually see 300-400KBs, and as a matter of courtesy leave the seed up until my ratio hits 1.5.
One of the downsides of Microsoft protecting their product is that they can't use this type of automatically scaling distribution network.
I do some Windows development work, and have a subscription to the Microsoft Developer's Network (MSDN). A nice perk of having this subscription is getting the chance to download almost everything Microsoft makes for evaluation and testing purposes.
Last week, MSDN announced that the Vista RTM would be released for download on Nov. 17. I was out of town that day, but on the 18th I gleefully sat down to my computer to download the RTM, only to find that my account had "expired"(!) Since I'd just renewed my account a couple of months before, this seemed unlikely, but there seems to be a mildly sinister explaination...
I posted to an MSDN community newsgroup with my problem, and got replies from several other subscribers who had the same problem. It seems that the MSDN servers have been inundated with download requests--at one point crashing that entire section of the Microsoft site--and it looks like they've disabled some accounts in the hope of saving some bandwidth.
Needless to say, I'm not impressed