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Torrents Suck

Friday, May 12, 2006

Yesterday, I spent about 4 hours trying to get the SuSE Linux 10.1 torrent to work. In those four hours I managed to download only 900MB out of 3.7GB! Not to mention that Ktorrent kept crashing (odd). This morning, I tried downloading the ISOs and I manged to download the first 2 CDs in less than an hour! So, for all of you waiting to get SuSE 10.1, get the ISOs, they are a heck of alot faster than the torrent*.
*Note* This may also depend on your internet connection! So what works for me, may not work for you, I just like to think it will : )
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 12, 2006


Amen, torrents in theory can work wonders. The problem is, you usually have more leeching people than seeding people which results in a very slow download. Now if you have DSL or god-forbid dial-up, those torrents are still going to be faster than what you could download directly. Though if you have a cable connection, you have absolutely no way to put that connection to use with torrents. What could take minutes with direct download could take hours.

commented by Blogger Ben, 8:33 AM  

the problem is that most people's upload speed sucks, it's always between 1/4 to 1/8 of their download speed.
so you get poor dl speeds

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 6:49 PM  

Torrents have sucked, do suck, and always will suck. I get so damn tired of torrent apologists giving me BS about finding torrents with "more seeders than leechers" and "opening my torrent port."

Guess what: They're still slow no matter what. They'll never hold a candle to a good old fashioned direct download. They're only used so much because pirate sites are cheap when it comes to bandwidth.

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:52 PM  

MY uploads are not slow. In fact they are faster by about 3 - 5 times than my download speed. And if I slow my upload limit, guess what? my download slows down to the point where it would take a week to get. Now all this wouldn't be a problem if i didn't live in a country where you have extremely limited bandwidth. I have to cancel downloads because the amount my uploads take up would put me over the limit. I seriously have little panic attacks watching the number of mbs rise and rise, just hpoing i can watch my little half hour show without wasting a gig uploading. (i'm serious). Pathetic huh.

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 1:42 AM  

I agree. Torrents are such garbage. I let something run on a relatively quick connection overnight. I only had 1/4 of a 4.2gb file. Beyond that I can't find a good site that will just let me download the damn thing without paying fees for god knows what.

Curse torrents, they leave us who actually have a decent connection to ponder punching our computers.

commented by Blogger Magnut, 7:16 PM  

where I live, Romania, I can download almost anything with over 1MBPS from private trackers, and even from public trackers if it's a very new movie or so..

commented by Blogger nyd, 3:37 AM  

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