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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Over the past year or two, I have received a small flood of e-mail from readers asking about BitTorrent. Specifically, they want to know what it is, which clients are best and where to go to find the freshest torrents.
But what the vast majority of readers want to know is how to download files over BitTorrent. That's a question I can answer in a single sentence: Install a client, visit a tracker and click on one of the files ending in .torrent. If you want more than that, I'll refer you to the almighty Wikipedia.
But which client to use? Ah, see, here is the part where everyone gets picky. There are a dozen or so truly robust clients for the PC, and about five or six for Mac and Linux. As is always the case, everyone has a favorite, and each client has a core group of devotees.
In this article, we'll examine all of the major BitTorrent clients, looking at their advantages, disadvantages and some of the coolest features. First, however, I think it might be appropriate to back up a little bit and take a closer look at the technology (and the lingo) behind BitTorrent.