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Linux.com: BitTorrent for Linux

Sep 14, 2005, 22:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Sobell)

"The BitTorrent protocol implements a hybrid client/server and P2P file transfer mechanism. BitTorrent efficiently distributes large amounts of static data, such as installation ISO images. It can replace protocols such as anonymous FTP, where client authentication is not required. Each BitTorrent client that downloads a file provides additional bandwidth for uploading the file, reducing the load on the initial source. In general BitTorrent downloads proceed more rapidly than FTP downloads.

"Unlike protocols such as FTP, BitTorrent groups multiple files into a single package called a torrent. For example, you can typically download several installation ISO images as a single torrent..."

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