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Old 01-29-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Is it safe to do torrent distros?


I really want to torrent distros since my connection is slow, but, I always thought it was safer to download the distro from a server, so, is it safe or safer to torrent? Besides the speed, whats the difference between torrenting them and downloading them?
 
Old 01-29-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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Use MD5 or SHA checksums that are provided on distros' sites to ensure that ISOs you got from torrent are genuine.
 
Old 01-29-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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Use MD5 or SHA checksums that are provided on distros' sites to ensure that ISOs you got from torrent are genuine.
Yeah, I was also wondering how I use MD5 checksums. Is it possible to check them in Windows?
 
Old 01-29-2012, 06:18 PM   #4
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Most likely but I wouldn't know. In Linux it's:
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md5sum <filename>
 
Old 01-29-2012, 06:23 PM   #5
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In my experience torrent distro downloads are just as good as a ftp download. I've downloaded several distros and even versions of Windows via torrenting. Give it a try. If anything just install a different distro if things don't work so well.
 
Old 01-29-2012, 08:33 PM   #6
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I really want to torrent distros since my connection is slow, but, I always thought it was safer to download the distro from a server, so, is it safe or safer to torrent? Besides the speed, whats the difference between torrenting them and downloading them?
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While you should do your diligence, torrents are no less secure than any other distribution mechanism. I use torrents pretty much exclusively for any download larger than 1GB.

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Old 01-29-2012, 10:21 PM   #7
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I've downloaded a number of distros with torrents. No problems. Sometimes it takes longer than a direct http download but time I've got.

Also, the first time I downloaded a distro seven years ago, I did it using Windows and the MD5 sum worked just fine.

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Old 01-29-2012, 10:29 PM   #8
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in almost all cases the torrent is as safe or SAFER
in a http or ftp on firefox if bits are dropped you have NO way to know until the check sum is ran

a good torrent client like vuse or bittorrent ( any mainstream) will check to make sure that ALL the bits ate there and in the right spot .
 
Old 01-29-2012, 11:19 PM   #9
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Number of times I've downloaded distros from torrent and till now I found no problem.

So it's safe to torrent linux distros. Most of the Linux downloads are torrents. The problem with getting Linux from servers is it's a large file and if the download gets interrupted you have to start over at zero.
 
Old 01-30-2012, 02:07 AM   #10
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I have had success downloading from torrents, except with mandriva, but i should add that for mandriva i also had issues downloading the normal way. I have had success downloading other distros using torrents though.
 
Old 01-30-2012, 02:50 AM   #11
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Normally is possible to download the torrent directly from the distro website, about the problem with download been interrupted via http and have to start over there are softwares that can manage the download for you, like GetRight just to mention one, it isnt free thou but i believe there are some free ones.

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:02 PM   #12
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The only hole that I know of is the distributed hash but in the end you need to use the disto's shal or md5 to prove not only a true download but a correct one.
 
Old 01-30-2012, 08:08 PM   #13
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If your using a router, forward the ports of your torrent program to increase the chances of a good download.
 
Old 02-03-2012, 05:18 PM   #14
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Number of times I've downloaded distros from torrent and till now I found no problem.
So it's safe to torrent linux distros. Most of the Linux downloads are torrents.
No, most Linux ISO's are just that...ISO's that you get from their websites. They *ARE* usually torrented, sometimes by the publishers...sometimes not.
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The problem with getting Linux from servers is it's a large file and if the download gets interrupted you have to start over at zero.
No, sorry. As with any large file, if you use a download manager and the download is interrupted, you pick back up where you left off
 
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I always use torrent when I download Linux ISOs
 
  


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