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

Michael A. Peters mpeters at mac.com
Sun Jun 12 23:40:15 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-06-12 at 19:15 -0400, 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.

It does open ports on your computer, but you should not run bittorrent
as root (it doesn't need it) so there would not only have to be a bt
exploit, but the attacker would also need a local exploit.

> 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?

There is - I don't recall off hand what it is, but you can throttle it.
Some schools block bittorrent - hopefully yours doesn't.

You might want to check with the CS department - they may already be
planning a local mirror.

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