The torrents part :
If we can reduce some of the cost's / traffic on the ftp servers by using Torrent / donkey network then so much better and everyone using the torrent will contribute a part of their internet ie: the way torrents work.
FTP is very nasty as only the one downloading benifits and as you know a internet connection cost's money , a real internet connection 100mb/s cost's plenty and it hurts if you don't get money for the traffic as it comes out of your pocket / mouth / stomach. So that is why the sponsors can only give so much of their traffic to free downloads.
This way if you have a Paris France $120.00pm 4gb/s down / 2gb/s FTTH connection you can get it as fast as your cennection can handle and not at ftp server max say maybe 300kb/s depending on your connection / ftp server settings.
Torrent can fix a broken download and not have to do it over from scratch = internet download limit reached = cuts your internet to half / 25% of speed for the next few hours = shot in the foot.
Happens here plenty connection cut down. This is not Europe with real internet connections / ISP's .
Also you can in return also use say maybe 500mb/s or 1gb/s of that internet connection to upload while downloading and get the distro faster to most other users not as fortunate .
The ftp servers can then be used mostly for emerge / portage operations = more ftp type servers might want to host as with any connection they can only have max X% of their connection for traffic and the rest for paying customers.
This is still a free OS and so the money goes to put food in some of the devlpm. team's stomach's , the least anyone can do is give a bit of their time / internet / cash to help out .
Just because it is free does not mean it is cheap ( time wise / effort wise / social life wise / etc )
The only way (Rubish loads XP PRO) can do it as the cost of doing this is a lot and they have to skimp somewhere. Bugs holes virusses etc. Same with Apple / Mac OS.
" Vista = 1993 linux slackware kernel encrypted "
If both these options is too slow then you are more than welcome to buy a copy of the distro as this is just the time in the post and does not exceed your download limmit of your internet connection. This way the distro get some money and you get it overnight DHL / UPS / Fedex.
Sry another option is to pay $120pm for a hosted server for ftp and have a copy uploaded to your server and then let other users also benifit by downloading from your server and you can get it as fast as your internet will allow .
Hope this explains it a bit better.
Darn if my stomach is empty I can not even type propperly so how would the devlpm. team be able to fix a bug or release a distro with a empty stomach.