Linux.com: Downloading Bliss with Metalink
Nov 09, 2006, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)
"Getting popular software off the Internet can sometimes be a
struggle, even with all the mirrors and BitTorrent Samaritans out
there. When the Fedora project released Fedora Core 6 last month,
for instance, even several dozen mirrors weren't enough to serve
everyone, and torrent speeds weren't good enough because of a
scarcity of seeders. But thanks to Metalink I was able to sleep
while my FC6 ISOs were downloading.
"Metalink is an open standard that claims to make downloading
easier, faster, and more reliable by helping users extract the last
drop of juice out of their connection. But Metalink isn't your
run-of-the-mill download accelerator. It is in fact a framework for
use by other download clients, and bundles traditional HTTP and FTP
methods of downloading files along with BitTorrent..."