YAHOO -- There's a news item making the rounds about the MPAA clamping down on BitTorrent sites so it's time to consider the alternatives to BitTorrent. One of the first things that many people do with a newly installed home broadband system is to download and exchange files. Russ Beattie explains:
I've been using BitTorrent to grab big files for easily over a year now, but since I've gotten my Mac mini, it's gone to a whole new level of usefulness and utility. For example, I was just thinking about grabbing the latest version of Ubunto to try out and instead of hunting around for an ftp mirror that was both open and had a reasonable bandwidth, I just clicked on the BitTorrent link instead and downloaded 592MB in less than an hour. No searching, no dropped connections, nada. The Fiona Apple CD the other day was just as easy. And because I don't really notice any lag on my system, I'm more likely to just keep the client running, serving up files for others as well.
Some technology related to BitTorrent:
- eDonkey: fast and sophisticated file transfers.
- Azureus is an OSS Bit Torrent client written in Java with useful plug-ins.