Ubuntu website unable to handle demand for new version

The Ubuntu website has been unresponsive most of the day so far. This coincides with the highly anticipated release of the new Ubuntu 7.04 (April 19).

It seems that Ubuntu has underestimated the demand for the new version. Traffic should increase even more as day time in USA arrives and even more people try accessing the website.

Ubuntu.com downtime

You can view the Ubuntu website downtime here:
http://uptime.pingdom.com/site/month_summary/site_name/www.ubuntu.com

The website seems to be up, but it’s so slow to respond that most requests simply time out.

(Please note that timestamps on the report pages are in Central European Time.)

Update:

Ubuntu has now replaced their regular website with a static HTML landing page with links to various download mirrors. This should help them handle the load better:

Ubuntu.com, the light version...

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