What Better way to introduce something than with a quote from good ‘ol wikipedia:
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) communications protocol. BitTorrent is a method of distributing large amounts of data widely without the original distributor incurring the entire costs of hardware, hosting and bandwidth resources. Instead, when data is distributed using the BitTorrent protocol, each recipient supplies pieces of the data to newer recipients, reducing the cost and burden on any given individual source, providing redundancy against system problems, and reducing dependence on the original distributor.
Essentially, its limewire on steroids. Free, often illegal or copyrighted material, available thanks to internet users like you and me. The BitTorrent protocol can be used for legal purposes, and unlike limewire in general… it actually is. Its a nice way to take stress off of servers. So How do i get these torrent files, and what do I do with them? Good question. You can get them from the site of what you want to download (for example, Ubuntu) or from a torrent search site. My favorite search site is torrents.to because you can browse through popular torrent search sites, via tabs. Now for the programs.
sudo apt-get install azureus
Azureus is a great torrent manager. It allows multiple downloads and uploads in one window, And has the fastest download speed I have used. In windows, it is fairly stables, But In Ubuntu… I’ve had stability Problems. Linux, Mac, and Windows.
sudo apt-get install ktorrent
KTorrent is a kde torrent manager. It is stable, has solid features, and I have had no problems with it. This is my torrent manager of choice. Linux Only.
sudo apt-get install bittorrent
Thee Official Bit Torrent Client is the lightest and simplest torrent manager. Manages each torrent file in own window, so not good for downloading and seeding many torrents. I’m glad its the default for Ubuntu because its the simplest and easiest to use, but it is not great for my needs. Linux, Windows, and Mac.
sudo apt-get install deluge-torrent
Deluge is a great torrent manager build for gnome, and is a very close second place. Its got a good feature selection, but some freezing and crashing on occasion. Overall very good. Linux Only.
There are more, but I feel these are the best and easiest for Ubuntu. If you would like to add one, feel free to comment or pm me on ubuntuforums at m6arate. Happy torrent-downloading!