Debian -- News -- Shutting down public FTP services
This decision is driven by the following considerations:
Tue May 2 06:55:50 2017 - permalink -
* FTP servers have no support for caching or acceleration.
* Most software implementations have stagnated and are awkward to use and configure.
* Usage of the FTP servers is pretty low as our own installer has not offered FTP as a way to access mirrors for over ten years.
* The protocol is inefficient and requires adding awkward kludges to firewalls and load-balancing daemons.