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Top 10 torrent clients for linux

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Two years ago I wrote an article about the best 5 torrent clients for linux. In the open-source world, two years means a lot of time. So, here it is an updated and enlarged list :

GUI torrent clients:

1)  Deluge

Deluge is a full-featured BitTorrent client written in python, for Linux, OS X, Unix and Windows. It uses  libtorrent in it’s backend and features multiple user-interfaces including: GTK+, web and console. It has been designed using the client server model with a daemon process that handles all the bittorrent activity. The Deluge daemon is able to run on headless machines with the user-interfaces being able to connect remotely from any platform.

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  • Written in: Python & C++
  • Library: libtorrent (Rasterbar version)
  • Last release: 1.3.0  2010/09/13
  • Interface: GUI (GTK),  Web, CLI, Daemon
  • Encryption: Yes
  • Mainline DHT: Yes
  • Magnet link: Yes
  • Peer Exchange: Yes
  • UPnP: Yes
  • NAT: Yes
  • Local Peer Discovery: Yes
  • IPv6 support: Yes
  • Super Seeding: No
  • Selective downloads: Yes
  • Search engine: Yes
  • RSS: Yes (via plugin)
  • Remote control: Yes
  • Prioritization: Yes
  • Proxy: Yes

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September 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Top 5 Torrent Clients for Linux

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UPDATE: The article was moved (and updated). For the new location of the list please click here 

Here is a list with the most used torrent clients for Linux. While a few other exists and are listed elsewhere, I think the software presented here represents the big players, and a wide range of interfaces and features. I’m just sharing, I don’t profess to be an expert. Anyway, I hope this list will be of help to you in choosing a better torrent client.

Azureus (now Vuze)

The most future rich torrent client for Linux, but being based on Java, is also a memory and performance hogger.

“Azureus implements the BitTorrent protocol using java language and comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users” read more…(dead link)

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October 5, 2008 at 10:46 pm

5 ways you can draw a mind map in Linux

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Brain mapping is a graphic way to identify different parts of an issue or to plan steps or consequences of an action.
Experts say mind mapping makes information easier to remember and makes studying more enjoyable.
If you are a fan of mind mapping, you could use specific software to create mind maps. Here are 5 ways to draw a mind map:

FreeMind

FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping  software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click “fold / unfold” and “follow link” operations.

In my opinion, FreeMind is the most advanced mind-mapping
software available for linux. I’m not a Java-based software fun so I don’t use it too much. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 27, 2008 at 8:02 am

6 linux audio players that you may not heard of

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We are used with well-known music players such as amarok or rhythmbox. But what other options are out there? After a little research I made a list with six audio players for linux that are not very well known, but could replace some of the top players:

Ariado Player

ariado plazer

This software is a little music player allowing you to listen to music while being on a computer. Light and very portable, it runs on Linux, BSD, Mac and Windows download here …

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Aqualung

aqualung

(my favorite from this list) Advanced music player for GNU/Linux, also running on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Microsoft Windows. Plays audio CDs, internet radio streams, podcasts and soundfiles in just about any audio format and has the feature of inserting no gaps between adjacent tracks. download here …

Gimmix

gimmix

Graphical music player daemon (MPD) client written in C using GTK+2. Gimmix is very simple and easy to use, yet offers many features to make your audio experience a pleasant one. Gimmix main features are: Simple and Clean Interface; Compact and full view modes; Library Browser; Library search; Playlist management; ID3v2 Tag editing support; Support for controlling gimmix. download here …

MoreAmp

MoreAmp

Audio player, transcoder and cd ripper for Mac OS X, OS 9, Windows, Unix, and Linux. Plays and creates ogg, flac, mp3, aac, m4a, mp4, wav, and aif, and plays wma. 31-band equalizer, repeat loop, variable pitch/tempo, ram or ramdisk preload. download here …

reBMP

reBMPREturn of the Beep Media Player ! Key words: Linux, cue, ape, flac, lyrics. it bases on the beepmp-0.9.7.1, and i hacked some code, it now natively supports APE, FLAC with cuesheet list. Added a lyric panel to show lyrics when playing. Enjoy yourself mus. download here …

Sonic-Rainbow

SonicLinux GUI Multimedia Player that provides a CD Player, DVD Player, CD Ripper, Ogg Player, MP3 Player, CD Ripper, Sound Mixer, MP3 and Ogg file TAG editor enables the creation and modification of file TAGS. Utilises CDDB HTTP to download CD information and Tag Ogg and MP3 files as it rips them. Maintains CDDB information locally and displays it when playing CD’s. download here …

If you know other players that could be listed here, please comment …

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June 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm

How to easily install an application in Linux

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Many new linux users are very confused on how to actually install programs in Linux Distribution. It is true that installing new software in MS Windows is very easy. But in Linux is not only easy but very convenient. Why? In this post you will find the answer.
Let’s say that we need a photo managing software. In Windows we would search on internet after a suitable software and after finding one, we would download the package and install it. Now we will do the same thing in Linux. Let’s say that our linux distro is Ubuntu.

1.Will go to Applications -> Add/Remove and click on it:

Add/Remove Menu
2.In the Search box we will write what we are looking for, a “photo managing” application. Hit the Enter key.

Searchbox
3.Under the search box we have the applications which match our filter criteria. There is also a short description of each one of it.
4.Let’s say we would like to try F-Spot Photo Manager. Will check the corresponding box.Click on the “Apply Changes” button.

Selecting the application and starting the installation
5. We are ask to check our options. We want to install F-Spot so click the “Apply” button.

Confirm the installation
6.Linux is a very secured OS so, in order to install a application, the user password is required. Enter it and click the “OK” button.

Paswword request
7.We are anounced that the application has been installed. We don’t want to install anything else (yet) so we close the application

Close the application


This is not the only way to install a program in linux. Depending on the linux distribution you have, you could use another package manager (like yum, synaptic, etc.). Or you could use the faster method: the command line. If you know the name of the application you want to install, simply write:

nongeek@mma:~$ sudo apt-get install application_name

or (in fedora):

nongeek@mma:~# yum install application_name

That’s all. Easy, isn’t it?
Let’s list the benefits:
1.We didn’t search all over the internet. We have the most stable applications gathered in one place (called repository).
2.We installed the application with only one click (and a password).
3.We are not afraid of any malware.
I also recommend for reading what is (in my opinion) the best guide about installing applications in linux on the net: How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!

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May 2, 2008 at 2:01 pm

My favourite linux music player

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Well, i’m not talking about Amarok, neither XMMS. Actually, i’m not even thinking of a GUI music player. I’m talking about mp3blaster. Mp3blaster is an interactive text-based Mp3 Player. So, if you are looking for the best Linux Mp3 Player you’re not on the right page. For a good list of choices, have a look at Binny’s Top 10 Linux MP3 Players. there you’ll find the right player for you.
Back to my player. Why in the world i’m using a text console based player? Hello!!! We are in the 21 century, you may say. That’s the point. This is the century of the applications that swallow all the CPU and memory available. The last thing I need is that a simple application, (like Audacious, my current GUI music player), to use a lot of my humble (computer) resources.

Mp3blaster works in a similar way to Xmms or WinAmp, there are play and stop buttons, the shuffle and repeat mode option and so on, as well as a menu-based playlist. It supports mp3, ogg, vorbis, wav, and sid audio files. Also it offers the possibility to divide a playlist into albums. There is also a simple mixer utility.

Mp3Blaster runing on terminal

The quick way to install it (in Ubuntu) :

nongeek@mma:~$ sudo apt-get install mp3blaster

You can always download the latest version from SourcefForge.net.
I use the player in the virtual console (CTRL-ALT-F1), so no matter what I do in the X session (e.g. logging out to change the user) the music it’s running and it’s costing me almost no resources.
By the way, what Mp3 Player do you use?

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April 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Amazing ASCII art

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I installed the BB (sudo apt-get install) bb package on my system. I read that it was an ASCII art demo, so I said to myself “Interesting, I should have a look”. And I did. Well, it’s amazing what those guys did using ASCII software library. Here are some screenshots about what this demo is about:plasma ascii art

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zebra ascii art

By the way, did you know that you can play movie in ASCII with regular media players like VLC and MPlayer? If you want more information about the subject, check this post on ubuntu forums.

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April 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm

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