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In my experience, uTorrent is more feature packed than the linux alternative that I use (KTorrent). However, KTorrent features IP filters, which I've really liked. I've not noticed differences in speed of the downloads, but I personally like the uTorrent GUI better than KTorrent, it just seems easier to find what I want. that's my penny's worth.
ive just started using Transmission, its my first experience of torrent software on linux and its ok, definately doesnt look as good or as many features as utorrent on windows, but it work at the same sppeds, and it atomatically mapped the ports so i didnt have to mess around with my router.
If you want the same futures as utorrent you should try azureus, the bad thing with it is that it is heavy.
Otherwise you should try deluge, it is very similar to utorrent.
I ve heard transmission is good also but I havent' tried it yet.
it relies on file sharing and since more individuals use windows there is more scope
It shouldn't matter whether you're sharing with windows users or linux users. The tracker is independent of any client isn't it?
I've actually never had much luck getting windows clients working, so for me anyway running in in linux has been a lot better. Personally I like transmission, but I don't need lots of features. I've heard lots of good things about deluge and azureus though.
I've started using Transmission. It's ok, I guess.
There are a lot of stuff I miss from uTorrent, though... like:
-The ability to categorize your torrents.
-System tray minimization (I usually send Transmission to the fourth desktop)
-Better torrent information interface