FC4 Download / install - Bittorrent vs. Html/FTP download

Pedro Fernandes Macedo webmaster at margo.bijoux.nom.br
Sun Jun 12 23:39:24 UTC 2005

Tim Holmes wrote:

>Hi Folks:
>As I look forward to downloading and installing the new FC4 tomorrow, I
>guess I need to know what is the best way to go about doing it.  I have
>a suspicion that the official mirrors are going to be JAMMED trying to
>get the release, so I am wondering if bittorrent might be the way to go,
>but I am basically unfamiliar with it, and from my readings about it, I
>have some concerns about security.  Specifically, does using bittorrent
>open my computer to the possibility of people gaining unauthorized
>access to other portions of my computer / other files.
You dont open your computer to anything. The worst that could be done is 
send a carefully crafted packet and crash the program (which is unlikely 
, since I never heard about any exploit to any BT client).

>Also, Although it is summer and we don't have a lot of users, one way
>for me to get in crosswise with the administration, would be for me to
>set up something that would suck down our bandwidth badly to the point
>where they cannot get to their e-mail / web browsing etc.  is there an
>EASY way to limit the amount of bandwidth that the bittorrent streams
>can use?

Most clients allow you to set the max upload speed. And since the BT 
protocol has a algorithm that requires sharing to get good speeds, you 
can limit the upload speed to limit your download speed. Some clients 
(like azureus) let you configure a max upload and download speed on a 
per-torrent basis and gives you more control about the torrent than the 
mainline client.

Pedro Macedo

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