Showing posts from October, 2012

tixati: what uTorrent should have been

tixati is a cross platform (Linux, windows) torrent client with some good features. I am especially impressed with it's automatic bandwidth limiter (uTP). Also allows you to categorize torrents and manage transfers efficiently. It also provides deb packages and standalone executables and can run in portable mode. It lacks few features like remote control API and WebUI. But these things are in development queue. It looks promising and could become de facto BitTorrent client.
Download tixati from following link.

apt-fast: Speedup ubuntu package downloads

apt-fast is a tool that allows you to download multiple packages at the same time. This speeds up installing/upgrading the packages. Execute following commands to add apt-fast ppa repository and install dependencies.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apt-fast/stable
sudo apt-get -y update
sudo apt-get -y install apt-fast axel aria2

During installation choose either axel/aria2 for download manager and accept remaining defaults.

From now on use apt-fast in place of apt-get in package management commands.