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Hands on: How to get more from Linux

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Following the recent releases of two popular Linux distributions, Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, we are looking at a couple of additional pieces of software you might want to install onto a fresh installation of either.

This is assuming that you have installed all the updates and, for Ubuntu, the recommended Ubuntu Restricted Extras (found in the Add/Remove Applications program).


Both Ubuntu and Fedora have included the excellent Transmission Bittorrent program as standard. This client, which also exists for OSX, is designed to be lightweight, both in memory and CPU usage, and includes all the features typically needed.

Many CD and DVD images are distributed via Bittorrent, and Transmission is configured to handle the protocol without any fuss. The application is rapidly developed, however, and the version installed may be well behind the latest version.

The third-party package site for Ubuntu provides the latest version of Transmission, along with many applications and games that are not part of the Ubuntu repositories, or are not up to date.

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