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Title: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: Victor on February 10, 2014, 08:17:55 PM
For use with things like Pirate Bay?

Just wondered what people used.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: Seth King on February 10, 2014, 08:23:23 PM
Transmission is the default software with Debian GNU/Linux. I'm very happy with it.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: Victor on February 10, 2014, 09:22:44 PM
Thanks! Any tips on anonymity? I did some searching and found put.io (https://put.io), but I wondered if there were any simple tricks to using an offline client anonymously, or if it was already secure enough that I shouldn't worry too much. Or would I need a vpn or somesuch?


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: Seth King on February 10, 2014, 10:15:07 PM
It's not anonymous at all. If you want anonymity, you'll need a VPN.

There IS a very cutting edge piece of software that will make it to Debian 8 stable repo. You can still use it now if you'd like, but I'm a stickler for packages in the repo, as they've been better vetted for bugs and security and it gets auto security updates.

But if you want it now it's called Tribler. Again, it won't make it to the Debian repo until Debian 8 comes out. But it is in operation right now. I tried it a couple of years ago when it first came out, and there was almost no content on there. I'd be very interested in knowing how much it's grown since then. Let me know if you try it out.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: MAM on February 11, 2014, 01:26:14 AM
Transmission is the default software with Debian GNU/Linux. I'm very happy with it.

I use transmission-gtk on Arch. I'm thinking about switching back to Debian for security purposes.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: Victor on February 13, 2014, 06:05:22 PM
Thanks for the info! I looked up tribler, and it does look pretty cool. I may try it out just to see what content is available and how well it works.

I'll let you know what I find if and when I do. :)


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: lucidity on February 17, 2014, 08:00:12 PM
My vote is for azureus on windows and
transmission on linux (but these are biased
recommendations since i haven't tried the others)

If you are concerned about having your torrenting
'inspected'.. then perhaps you should consider having
your torrent client encrypt the traffic.

There are instructions in this url about how to do that:
http://torrentfreak.com/how-to-encrypt-bittorrent-traffic/

I don't know how to encrypt the traffic on transmission.
But either the help section in the transmission app... or
a google search... should bring up the required details.

hope this helps



(however, i confess to being biased... i just like it and i haven't tried anything else except for transmission)


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: SinCityVoluntaryist on February 22, 2014, 08:26:46 PM
 Guys, I have a question in regards to all this. I currently signed up for a PIA VPN and have successfully connected my internet connection to it. However, when I try to set the proxy settings in Deluge to it, I keep being told that my torrent IP is still connected to the US. Is there a way to fix this? I have the ports set to 1080.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: Seth King on February 22, 2014, 10:42:52 PM
With a VPN you shouldn't have to proxy anything with Deluge. With Tor, you've got to set up each program to proxy through Tor, like Bitcoin, your browser, etc. But with VPN, it encrypts all of your internet traffic by default. It's a very simple solution. Once your vpn is running go to http://whatismyip.com/ and it should be different. If it is, you're good to go.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: SinCityVoluntaryist on February 23, 2014, 01:09:25 AM
^I've done that and it does check out. With that in mind, why is it that every site out there is telling me that I have to manually configure my torrent client with vpn?


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: SinCityVoluntaryist on February 23, 2014, 01:20:27 AM
 According to a site that detects torrent ips, my torrent program is still connected to my standard ip that's still located in the U.S.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: Seth King on February 23, 2014, 01:23:00 AM
That's bizarre. I have no idea. I never did that. When I torrent using VPN my torrents are significantly slower, due to being encrypted and through a VPN server.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: SinCityVoluntaryist on February 23, 2014, 01:40:27 AM
 And that's what I expect as well. If I torrent, why would my client have a separate IP address from that routes me into the internet? The program is using the same info as my computer, right?


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: SinCityVoluntaryist on February 23, 2014, 01:47:26 AM
OK. Well now it's detecting the IP. I must not have been running the test right. My bad.

 OK. Let me ask this. I have the option of setting up a proxy in my torrent client to run through the VPN channel. Is there really any need to do this?


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: Seth King on February 23, 2014, 01:54:32 AM
Not that I know of.


Title: Re: What's the best torrenting software?
Post by: SinCityVoluntaryist on February 23, 2014, 02:25:43 AM
Well, I don't know if any reason either.