BitTorrent Lowers Lindows Costs

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2004-04-12 Print this article Print

Downloading Lindows 4.5 via P2P file-sharing application BitTorrent cuts the cost in half.

Last month, desktop Linux distributor began making its Linux CD images available for download via BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file-transfer application thats popular for moving large files over the Internet.

Ive used BitTorrent to download CD images in the past, but is the first company Ive seen that takes commercial advantage of the application.

By delivering its product on a P2P network, has boosted download capacity without additional hardware or bandwidth costs, and the company is passing savings to its customers. When delivered over BitTorrent, Lindows 4.5 costs $25, half the normal cost.

Click here to read eWEEK Labs review of Lindows 4.5. When I downloaded a CD image to a Windows XP machine using BitTorrent, the process ran fairly smoothly, but it couldve been better. For one thing, users need a BitTorrent client to start a download, and doesnt offer one on its site.

Instead, I was directed to a different Web site to get a client, which I had to install before going back to open the BitTorrent link at Its not an arduous procedure, but its less simple than youd expect from a company that sets out to make software installation as easy as click and run.

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