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  • uTorrent client for Linux?

    BitTorrent and uTorrent have joined forces today, for what both companies envision will be the best BitTorrent client. BitTorrent of course offers an official Linux version of its software, while uTorrent is Windows-only (at this time). This leads me to wonder... with today's announcement will this eventually lead to an official uTorrent client for Linux?

    uTorrent is reported to work with Cedega (not WINE), and KTorrent is already very nice, but what do you hope for as a Linux user out of today's announcement?

    This is Bram Cohen, the creator of the BitTorrent protocol, and Ludvig (Ludde) Strigeus, the writer of µTorrent.

    Together, we are pleased to announce that BitTorrent, Inc. and µTorrent AB have decided to join forces. BitTorrent has acquired µTorrent as it recognized the merits of µTorrent's exceptionally well-written codebase and robust user community. Bringing together µTorrent's efficient implementation and compelling UI with BitTorrent's expertise in networking protocols will significantly benefit the community with what we envision will be the best BitTorrent client.

    What does this mean for the µTorrent community? Not much, at least not at first. The intention is to maintain the website as it is, and keep the forums and community active. Moving forward behind the scenes, we will continue to develop µTorrent and will be using the codebase in other applications, especially ones where a fast, lightweight implementation is more suitable, such as embedded systems on TVs, cell phones, and other non-PC platforms.

    The existent µTorrent and BitTorrent communities are immensely valuable to us, which is why we are announcing this here first to make sure you're all the first to know about the news. The plan is to continue to foster the health and growth of the community that has been critical to the success of µTorrent. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Bram and Ludde
    http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=17278
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

  • #2
    Great. I really hope we'll get a Linux version, I've asked Ludde about this many times and he always said once he is satisfied with the Windows builds he'll start porting the program to other O.S. It also helps that I've donated $ 100 to give him further incentive...

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    • #3
      I don't really see a good point in a company (or whatever else entity) abandon a neatly working, cross platform, free software solution to a problem in favour of a proprietary, win32-only one.

      For GNU/Linux, there's KTorrent, as Michael already stated in the initial posts, and it's doing perfectly fine, whilst being free.

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      • #4
        Screw uTorrent. Like heck I want to use a client thats essentially is tight with the MPAA. I like to download in private.

        KTorrent is the only option for Linux, unless you want the Java-whoring Azureus.

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        • #5
          Will BitTorrent Open Source µTorrent?

          After the recent announcement by BitTorrent Inc that it has acquired the popular, lightweight Windows torrent client, µTorrent, there has been much speculation about the company making the source code of µTorrent public.

          µTorrentBitTorrent Inc’s official client is Open Source. Sadly, it is unpopular among users due to its bulky nature, and has lost market share to other, more lightweight and feature-full clients like µTorrent and Azureus. At one point, Azureus had many features that µTorrent could not boast of, but this has since changed and µTorrent is now a very feature-rich, and at the same time, small and lightweight program. People like it so much that they even go to great lengths to emulate it on Mac OS X and Linux.
          http://torrentfreak.com/will-bittorr...%c2%b5torrent/
          Michael Larabel
          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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          • #6
            I really hope they do, or at least make a worthy GTK+ client. Right now Deluge isn't bad, but the resource consumption is insane! Some improvement in this area is desperately needed.

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            • #7
              Trasmission rullz... if you want to download the whole torrent

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              • #8
                Well, I use Azureus which isn't so bad but I'm open to try Ktorrent.

                I hope uTorrent releases a Linux version.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by niniendowarrior View Post
                  Well, I use Azureus which isn't so bad but I'm open to try Ktorrent.

                  I hope uTorrent releases a Linux version.
                  i loved utorrent because it was a shining example of how apps should really be written.

                  most programmers just go the easy way, making their software bloated by borrowing as much code as possible from existing solutions, to avoid writing as much code as possible, or just because some other programming language is easier to write the app with. ("why should we care? today's hardware will take it").

                  but since utorrent got that 'corporate' feel, i got a change of heart about it.

                  oh well, i don't use windows anymore anyway :]

                  i'm a linux console freak, and rtorrent is my client of choice. it keeps it dependencies to reasonable minimum (curl, sigc++, ncurses), and the client is small and fast, with pretty efficient ncurses ui. if you think it's too bloated for you - maybe ctorrent is what you need :]

                  it doesn't have all the features of utorrent (dht, rss is missing, maybe some kind of scheduling as well) but it's going forward at a somewhat steady rate.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by yoshi314 View Post
                    but since utorrent got that 'corporate' feel, i got a change of heart about it.
                    Maybe I'm wrong, but is uTorrent not on the same release as before it got taken over?
                    Synergy6

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