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What is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent is a distributed peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol. Developed by Bram Cohen in 2001, it has quickly become a de facto standard on the Internet.

How does it work?

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What does my ratio mean?

In the world of BitTorrent, 'ratio' refers to the amount of data you have uploaded compared to the amount of data you have downloaded. A ratio of 1.0 means you have uploaded exactly as much as you've downloaded; less (like 0.5) means you've downloaded more than you've uploaded, and more (like 1.5) means you've uploaded more than you've downloaded. The higher your ratio, the better — seeding more means faster and more complete downloads for everyone else.

Which client should i use?

It is necessary to download a BitTorrent client — a program that allows you to connect to trackers — in order to make use of the protocol. There are several clients to choose from, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Currently, #gamemp3s officially recommends the µTorrent client for Windows, Transmission for Mac OS X, and KTorrent or Transmission for Linux. (Note: If you use Transmission, please make sure you have version 0.72 or higher. Previous versions do not properly conform to the BitTorrent specification.)

There are several other clients to choose from, in addition to those mentioned above. Perhaps the most popular is Azureus, a feature-rich and open-source client that runs on Windows, OS X, and Linux. For a more detailed list (including feature comparisons), please see this article on Wikipedia.

How do i access feature x in client y?

Please consult your client's help file or the Web site associated with it for specific information regarding settings, how-tos, &c.


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