The 5 Best Torrent Clients For Linux

BitTorrent is a fast, reliable and fairly straightforward way to download files large and small.


As I’ve already mentioned there’s no official uTorrent client for Linux, but qBitTorrent attempts to fill the gap. The goal of the volunteer-led project is to provide a uTorrent-like client on the Linux platform.
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Written in C++, qBitTorrent provides a familiar and speedy interface complete with an in-built search engine for those hard to find downloads. There’s a whole host of usual features including support for encryption, uPnP, IPv6 and RSS.
You can also remotely control qBitTorrent with the web UI. For anyone searching for that replacement for uTorrent on the Linux platform – look no further.
To install qBitTorrent on Ubuntu enter the following into the Terminal:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:hydr0g3n/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent

Transmission (GNOME)

For anyone using the Ubuntu distribution, Transmission will be a familiar client. This is the default bundled client, and for good reason too.
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Transmission (which is also written in C++) is a basic-yet-functional torrent solution that has a number of powerful features. The client can be configured to watch certain directories, useful in conjunction with Dropbox. Encryption is supported as well as the blacklisting of known “bad” IP addresses.
The lack of RSS support and a slightly cumbersome UI are the only real drawbacks to this more than capable torrent client, which is built for simplicity.


Formerly Azureus, Vuze is the only client in this list written in Java. Unfortunately, Java applications are notoriously resource-intensive and Vuze probably isn’t ideal for those of you using older computers.
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If you’ve got the resources to spare, then Vuze makes for a feature-loaded client declaring itself “the most powerful BitTorrent app on earth”.  The team have literally covered everything, with full web UI, encryption, RSS support, IPv6, a fantastic search engine, HD-video playback and more.
Vuze is more than a BitTorrent client, with support for transferring to mobile devices including support for Android, iOS and Blackberry devices as well as Xbox 360, PS3, TiVO and Apple TV.
To install Vuze on Ubuntu enter the following into the Terminal:
sudo apt-get install vuze

Deluge (GNOME)

Popular amongst Mac users, Deluge is a cross-platform torrent client that’s also compatible with Linux and Windows. It provides a lightweight interface written in Python and C++ for the GTK+ window manager that is reminiscent of Windows client uTorrent.
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Using libtorrent for its backend, and a choice of frontend interfaces including the GUI, web UI and console, Deluge is another client that packs in the features. There’s full support for encryption, magnet links, uPnP, IPv6 and support for plugins.
We’ve raved about it before, and that’s because Deluge is a powerful, clean and attractive choice for your download needs.
To install Deluge on Ubuntu enter the following into the Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deluge

KTorrent (KDE)

Written for the KDE interface, KTorrent is the client of choice for Kubuntu and many other KDE-based distributions. Generally considered the most feature-rich KDE torrent solution, KTorrent has the usual bells and whistles that make for a top torrent client.
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There’s encryption, RSS support, search, magnet links, uPnP, and remote torrent control via the usual web UI. If you like the look of Deluge, but prefer KDE to GNOME then KTorrent is probably the answer.
Provided with Kubuntu, to install on Ubuntu type the following into Terminal:
sudo apt-get install ktorrent

Other Clients

These clients didn’t quite make the list, but if you’re still searching then maybe you could try:


A console-based BitTorrent client for Linux, useful if you spend much of your time slaving over a hot command line.

BitStorm Lite

A lightweight BitTorrent client that lacks many of the features mentioned in this article. Reminiscent of the original classic BitTorrent client, written for GNOME.



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Why Designers Should Learn Programming

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Color of the Year 2010 (Infographics)

Who said charts and graphs have to be boring? Sure, old Matt from college didn’t notice half the class asleep by the first 30×20 data matrix of his presentation on the mating behavior of the Micronesian bed bug. He should have checked Colourlovers’ way of getting the point across. Its recent survey, Color of the Year 2010, proves that visualizing data can be quite refreshing.

Information is only useful when it is understood. Infographics are concentrated nutrition for data consumers, like multi-vitamins, fulfilling basic info requirements hassle-free while keeping readers occupied and entertained. If there is room to deliver complex information in a clearer and more interesting way, then Colourlovers’ visualization is definitely a step in the right direction. (sp)

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Beautiful CSS Font Stacks

Designers are rejoicing over the fact that we’re no longer limited to a few “Web-safe” fonts. After all this time, we were getting a bit tired of them anyway (hence the proliferation of font-replacement solutions). Yet there are still challenges with creating nice CSS font stacks of typefaces that work well together, especially now that we have so many more choices than before.

Awesome Fontstacks to the rescue. Here you can create your own stacks from 45 fonts that are free and licensed for online use. To create a CSS font stack, just visually select your headline font, then your body text font, and then download the CSS. The service also has a growing library of font stacks that you can use as is. To top it off, each font stack has a back-up stack for those using browsers that don’t support @font-face. You can preview the default fonts with a single click. (cc)

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5 Web Design Trends for 2010

1. Oversized Logos/ Headers

Splash pages are so yesterday. To make an unforgettable impression on the visitor, the trend for 2010 will be oversized logos on an equally oversized header. These types of headers can take up the entire screen, but with one important note. Visitors will not need to click anything, just scroll down. Visitors often having a clicking phobia (due to years of poor navigation), so big headers do the job of a splash page without forcing your visitors to click anything.

Main Idea: Huge headers that make your visitors remember you.

2. Sketch/ Hand-drawn Design

Hand-drawn design is not exactly new on the horizon, but we all know that it is still on the fringes of web design. Many designers admire the style but are afraid to create their own sketches because of the “I can’t really draw” attitude. If you look at the most popular hand-drawn websites (and relative to other types of trends, there are only a few), you will notice that most of your fellow designers can’t draw. These designs are not exactly headed to an art museum, but they do convey a sense of whimsy, and blur the line between cold web and personal interaction– the ultimate goal of the internet. If you can doodle, you can sketch for web design.

Sketch in 2010 will become more elemental, and not as much the main focus of a web design. It will be used to personalize standard web copy in new and exciting ways.

Main Idea: Sketch becomes an elemental part of corporate design.

3. Slab Typefaces

Slab typefaces are relatively new, although they’ve been around for over 200 years in traditional media. To get a good visual definition of slab typefaces, think of the old Wild West “Wanted” posters. Those bold letters are slab typefaces. Slab typeface is commonly all capital letters and are bold and imposing. Many designers have shied away from slab typefaces in the past because logos and headers were smaller and more understated. However, combined with the trend toward larger headers, slab typefaces demand the reader to take notice.

Main Idea: Slab typefaces is used to bravely express who you are.

4. Typography

Typography is one of the most difficult trends to tackle which is why it will remain fresh in 2010. With all the cries for usability, web designers are afraid of using new and different fonts. The idea of mixing varying font sizes together is completely unthinkable. Fonts are meant to be explored, twisted, and molded to fit your purposes. With the correct placement, a website that utilizes Typography as its main design element will be more interesting to a reader than overloading the same site with tons of photos.
Main Idea: Typography is young, but will continue to be a part of web design.

5. One Page Layouts

One pay layouts challenge you to edit away what’s unnecessary. In 2010, this trend will move away from the quirky navigation and become more minimal in its approach. Think of these websites as business cards. These websites will be more of a one-stop-shop for how to locate you and your work on various other sites– your blog and your social media hangouts.
Main Idea: One page layouts will be more about personal profiles and less corporate.

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Nero’s Latest All-In-One Multimedia Suite

Hot off the virtual shelf, Nero’s all-in-one Multimedia Suite Platinum HD powerhouse allows you to take complete control of your high definition life in style. Many of us now own devices that can capture stunning 720p and 1080p video, but what to do with it all once you get home?

Thanks to Nero’s latest solution, editing all those memories together, burning them onto a shiny new BluRay disc and transferring them to your portable devices just got easier – and you won’t need to buy three separate products either. We’re giving away 25 copies of Nero Multimedia Suite Platinum HD worth a staggering $2750 in total, read on to find out how to be in with the chance.


The Platinum suite offers everything you’d find in Nero’s standard Multimedia Suite 10 as well as some very attractive extras. First, let’s take a look at what you get in the standard package.

Video editing is covered thanks to Nero’s Vision Xtra package, which provides a sleek and intuitive interface to get your work done. The multitrack display is commonplace in pretty much any video editor, and comes coupled with a powerful search engine which makes constructing a sequence a fairly straightforward process.

There are plenty of effects and transitions available to you as well as advanced features like picture-in-picture, complete keyframe control and a master effect track. Nero’s SmartEncoding also provides a quicker way to get your videos onto BluRay disc in true 24p cinematic style.

Nero’s classic Burning ROM is also included in the package, which features an easy-to-use drag and drop interface, the splitting of large files over multiple discs and you can even encrypt or password-protect your media.

If you find backing up a drag then the one-click approach taken in Nero’s Backitup & Burn package will bring a smile to your face. The program is compatible with the usual optical media (CD/DVD/BluRay) as well as hard drives, FTP, removable storage and web-based services. You can even backup to multiple destinations (the more the merrier) at the same time.

Recovering the data you’ve backed up is also covered with RescueAgent, provided as part of the backup suite.

Both Burning ROM and Backitup & Burn use SecurDisc technology to improve the readability of your discs over time, regardless of scratches or detereoration.

The Platinum package contains three extra features which make it that little bit more enticing for media monkeys everywhere.

There’s a BluRay player for watching your favourite HD flicks on your PC (or maybe you’d prefer to hook your machine up to your TV, or even projector if you’re lucky) – something that’s not included with a vanilla Windows install.

The ‘Move it’ plug-in will save you time transferring between devices, including support for shifting your pictures, music and video between multiple devices. The plug-in supports Apple’s iPod and iPhone (so no iTunes required!) as well as Android devices to name but a few.

This makes showing off all that video you edited with Xtra Vision that little bit easier, and all within the same suite.

Finally, Nero has thrown in an extra 50 picture-in-picture templates (with 30 high res backgrounds), 50 additional pro transitions for use with Xtra Vision, 25 movie themes and 25 menu templates. That’s enough to keep you busy for a while.

All this plus Multimedia Tools to streamline the whole experience, as well as more features than I could fit into this review. Phew, they have been busy. And you can win it all!

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How To Build a Linux Web Server With An Old Computer

Now learn how to upload your files and finally view your web server from anywhere in the world!
Now that our server is functional, we have to take care of the part where we can actually use it. Basically we need to expose the server to the outside world, so from here on out it is important to keep the server up to date with all of its patches – the Ubuntu Update Manager will take care of this for you.

Finding The Server’s Local IP Address

First thing you need to do is to find the server’s local IP address and set it to something you will later be able to reference. Let’s find the server’s currently set IP address – found via the dynamic DHCP protocol – in the Network Information box.
Right click on your network connection which will be an up/down array and go to “Connection Information.” This will pop up a box with your current IP address, network adapter card, broadcast address, gateway, and DNS server. Write this down as we will use it in the next step.

What we need to do is edit your connection information to give you a static IP address on your local network. Right click that menu but this time go to “Edit Connections.” Select the adapter name from the previous step – in my case it is eth1, and edit those settings. Select the IPv4 tab and switch “Method” to “Manual” rather than “Automatic (DHCP)” which is what it defaults to when you install. Type in the information from your connection settings.

The one difference we will have this time will be your IP address. Keep the first three octets (the numbers between the dots) and change the last one to a high number under 254. It is important that this number not be in use on your network, and if you are not sure, pick a high IP address like 250. For our example I know that .10 is free, so let’s say our new IP address is This will be your static, local IP address.

Sharing The Web Folder

Sharing a folder is probably the easiest way to access and upload files onto your server. However, and this is a big one, this also opens your server up security-wise and it is important to only use this method if your server is on a private network and you do not run the risk of anyone connecting to it, via wired or wireless, and accessing your shares.
First we need to relax the permissions on our web folder. Open a terminal by going to Applications->Accessories->Terminal. Enter the following command:

$ sudo chmod 777 /var/www

It will prompt your for your password and then change the permissions, which will have no message returned if it went successfully.

Now go to the file browser (Places->Computer) and go to File System->/var/. Right click the www folder and then “Sharing options.” Check off “Share this folder“. For security options, you can either share it with or without a password. Select “Guest access” to share the folder without requiring a username and password.
This means that you or anyone else will be able to access the files without a password. For this reason, I recommend sharing with a password. It will be more of a pain because you will need to enter this information, but it is certainly more secure. Also check off “Allow others to create and delete files in this folder.” This allows write access from the shared directory.

To view your files, go to the network location // It will either prompt you for your password or allow you access straight to your files, depending on your security settings. This is the same set of files that you can access in your web browser by going to

Port Forwarding

Now that we have our IP address, an important concept to understand is port forwarding. Every single person connected to the internet is behind an IP address. For most home connections, and also some business connections, the IP of your local computer is not actually exposed to the internet – it will be in a private range that is either 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x. So how do visitors to your website actually contact your server? We do this with port forwarding.

Ports on a server are similar to doors or windows on a house – each one will give you access to a different service running on the server. Web servers use port 80 by default.

Your router should have a section called “Port Forwarding“, or “Applications” which will allow you to forward ports properly. Forward TCP port 80 to inside your network on the IP address we specified above. Each router is different, so refer to your router’s operations manual on how to set this up properly.

Getting A Static Hostname

Most home connections have what is called a dynamic IP, which means that it will change after a set period, usually a week or so. We have covered the fantastic DynDNS server here on MakeUseOf last year, so check out that article for more information on using the DynDNS service. Make sure you use the Linux client for updating your dynamic IP with the DynDNS servers. For our web server you will want to forward TCP port 80. Forward this port to the local static IP address, in our case this is
You should now be able to visit your web server from the outside world by going to the URL: Some ISPs will block port 80 to your router. In this case, forward something like port 8080 to port 80. This will allow you to visit your website by going to

The World Is Your Oyster

That is it for our down and dirty guide to running your own web server on an old computer. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want and there are many variables thrown into the process so it is easy to get caught up on something. If you run into any problems, feel free to leave a response below and we’ll guide you through the process as best as we can.
Now that your web server is set up, you can focus on programming or installing your own software!

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