$ easy_install Axiom
I noticed this command was running on and on .. for about 5 minutes till the divmod.org server came back.
there needs to be a timeout mechanism when handling with URLs -- not just socket timeout -- but name resolving, everything .. but downloading.
background: I'm using setuptools's PackageIndex to download packages .. as API. so a way to set this timeout would be very helpful. and if we are allowed to have this in distribute, I might consider switching to it. :-)