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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Downloading huge amount of files using your web browser can be quite tedious. Many times downloads are interrupted and sometimes, you'll find that they are slower than usual. One of the worst things, however, when it comes to downloading files using web browsers is that the moment you close the browser or lose the connection, all your downloaded effort goes to waste. This is where download managers come in handy. These small applications are responsible for ensuring that you have an uninterrupted download that can be resumed anytime you want. Moreover, apart from giving you the core features, these tools also let you download your favorite content via proxy and FTP as well.
Though there is an abundance of download managers for Windows, its open-source counterpart doesn't have that many applications to boast of. There are only a few applications in this category; however, unlike Windows, these ones don't come with any spyware or funky toolbars that get installed the moment you install the software. These apps simply do the job.