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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..."

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