[Live-demo] Downloading via BitTorrent?

John Reuning john at ibiblio.org
Thu Jul 5 18:11:10 PDT 2012

Thanks for giving it a try.  We get a variety of responses on torrent
downloads.  Some groups readily jump on board, others treat it as 2nd
or 3rd choice niche.  You're correct about some lab environments being
tightly controller.  The most positive feedback has come from
instructors with students who mostly bring their own laptops to lab

The following URLs will be valid long term.


You're also welcome to link directly to the download pages.  e.g.
It depends on what will provide the best approach for your users.

We keep data from the both the tracker and seeds.  It'll be
interesting to see what the response is like over the next few months.
 Are release announcements posted to the list?  I'll keep an eye out
for new versions.



On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM, Alex Mandel <tech_dev at wildintellect.com> wrote:
> Don't get me wrong, I actually prefer torrents myself. I'm just not sure
> it benefits a large enough portion of our audience. My experience has
> been that those who know/understand torrents are not the same people is
> places with extremely slow/flaky internet. The big push to try
> sourceforge was to get local copies on the same continent as the end
> users (South Africa, Australia) which does more to speed up their
> downloads. A download manager can also solve the dropped download issue.
> As for a class room setting, every lab I've ever taught in is locked
> down enough to not have the torrent software, prevent install or block
> the ports to get good speeds. So I always download 1 copy ahead of time
> to give to everyone, setup virtual machines or burn iso/usb before the
> lesson.
> I am willing to give it another try, and we can list it as an alternate
> method similar to how ubuntu does. So go ahead and set it up and let us
> know what links or page to include. It's also great if you're willing to
> setup the tracker and seed since that won't take away time from the rest
> of the developer team. It will be interesting to see the spatial
> distribution of torrent/not torrent downloaders so if you can keep the
> ip address logs for geoip anaylsis that would be great.

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