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9 of the Best Free Linux BitTorrent Clients

May 27, 2009, 07:34 (0 Talkback[s])

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"BitTorrent is an open source peer-to-peer file protocol for sharing large software and media files. It is a well established protocol which accounts for a significant proportion of internet traffic. 

"A file provider initially makes a file (or group of files) available to the network. This is called a seed and allows others, named peers, to connect and download the file. Each peer that downloads a part of the data makes it available to other peers to download. After the file is successfully downloaded by a peer, many continue to make the data available, becoming additional seeds.

"Unlike other download methods, BitTorrent maximizes transfer speed by gathering pieces of a file and downloading them simultaneously from people who already have them. This enables multiple concurrent downloads of the same file, and at the same time minimises the load on centralized servers."

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