This process of seeding fits in perfectly with the Ubuntu spirit of defining ourselves by what we do for others. The actual meaning of the word Ubuntu is: "I am because we are."
I noticed on Twitter that some people have been downloading Ubuntu 10.10 in as few as 7 minutes using BitTorrrent. So not only does BitTorrent share the burden of file transfers, it actually speeds the transfer process, too.
Next time you're stuck in an online traffic jam, spend a moment thinking what you could do to relieve it. Analyze the situation not from the perspective of what's best for you, but what would be best for the persons behind you. If the sacrifice is not too severe, you might choose to do what's best for the persons behind you. If that's your choice, I'd say, "Welcome to Ubuntu."
Phil Shapiro is an educator and community activist in the Washington, D.C., area.