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Old 04-19-2010
Zero82z Zero82z is offline
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Originally Posted by mockingbird View Post
Why torrent the ISOs? I always download Debian or Ubuntu ISOs straight from the mirrors. Heh, sorry didn't realize the bot above me spammed this ancient thread. Feel free to delete my post.
You can often get better download speeds by torrenting the ISOs compared to downloading them.
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Well, the thread's resurrected now, I may as well reply

Under normal conditions, the overhead involved makes torrents slower than a straight single-source download. But sometimes individual mirror servers can get bogged down with requests, usually right after a new release of a popular large file.

Torrenting leverages the clients' distributed upload bandwidth to solve that problem, and it's particularly effective in that case. As a secondary feature, note that servers do occasionally go offline and/or drop a connection. Torrenting greatly reduces the probability of this happening for a given file download due to the multiple sources involved, which is handy for really large files.
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Yea, torrent has become great for getting keyboard drivers, but for a Linux distro, I never have a problem pulling full speed from a good mirror.
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