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Ubuntu Hacks by Bill Childers, Kyle Rankin, Jonathan Oxer

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Hack #25. Download and Share Files with the Best P2P Software

File sharing is here to stay, and Ubuntu provides some powerful tools that enable users to join the revolution.

Peer-to-peer is huge and getting bigger all the time. Linux users don't have to be left out of all the excitement. In fact, we have a huge variety of P2P apps and networks from which to choose. In this hack, I'm going to show you how to install several different P2P apps; using them, however, will be up to you. And be sensible about what you share, OK? I don't want any large organizations, whose job is protecting dying cartels, suing you.

BitTorrent

When it comes to P2P, first and foremost on any serious Linux user's machine is BitTorrent, the fabulous technology developed by Bram Cohen that makes downloading ISOs and other huge collections of files easy, fast, and stable.

Tip

Don't know how BitTorrent works or what makes it special? See the Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bittorrent. Also at Wikipedia, there is an excellent comparison of the various BitTorrent clients (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_BitTorrent_clients).

There are oodles of BitTorrent apps, and they can all be classified as either command-line or GUI-based. You should know about both, since they each have their purposes. If I'm looking for something quick and dirty, I use the command line; if I want a lot more info and control, I use a GUI.

Command line

You probably already have BitTorrent installed on your copy of Ubuntu, ...

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