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Bit Torrents and You...

Discussion in 'Windows - P2P software' started by esrever, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. esrever

    esrever Regular member

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    I'm new to Bit Torrents. Just heard of them as a matter of fact. Are these like ISO images or something? I can't seem to figure out exactly how they work. I downloaded BitComet and experimented, but I just came out confused. Need some happy, healthy advice...and yes, I'm a sorry old n00b.
     
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    you will need a program like azureus. The file is just a data file... I think. Azureus would then download it when you click on it at the website
     
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    http://dessent.net/btfaq/

    BitTorrent is a protocol designed for transferring files. It is peer-to-peer in nature, as users connect to each other directly to send and receive portions of the file. However, there is a central server (called a tracker) which coordinates the action of all such peers. The tracker only manages connections, it does not have any knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed, and therefore a large number of users can be supported with relatively limited tracker bandwidth. The key philosophy of BitTorrent is that users should upload (transmit outbound) at the same time they are downloading (receiving inbound.) In this manner, network bandwidth is utilized as efficiently as possible.

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