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Old 03-15-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Apt/Deb torrent question

I finally decided to give Ubuntu Karmic another chance after Jaunty->Karmic upgrades killed two laptops and a desktop. Fresh installs work better.
Along my usual post-install trawl through the available packages, a number of them stood out that I never really paid attention to before, and they've piqued my interests.
The three packages are:

If I understand them correctly, it's an alternate means to download pacakges through bittorrent instead of http transfers.
What I want to know is, does it work? What sort of differences could be expected between bittorrent and http transfers when it's used?
And mostly, how does one make it work?
Old 03-17-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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I have never used them personally, but the concept itself doesn't make much sense. Most packages are not large enough to justify the complication of a P2P distribution system; you can download them in a few seconds on a decent HTTP/FTP server.

I guess it helps on the server side as it distributes load better, but the advantages seem pretty small.


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