...and a generally faster RubyForge are the news of the day, thanks to
various folks who are now hosting Gem mirrors.  Now when you do a "gem
install rails", your request gets redirected to one of the mirror
servers and the Gem file will be served up much faster than RubyForge's
somewhat overworked network connection could have managed.

Folks who are hosting mirrors are listed here:

http://rubyforge.org/credits/

and more technical details are on my blog entry here:

http://tomcopeland.blogs.com/juniordeveloper/2005/11/faster_rubyforg.html

Thanks to all,

Yours,

Tom