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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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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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How can clear your movie player history in ubuntu

Go to places > recent documents > clear recent documents.

click to clear.

Now cleared your movie player history.

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How can you move fast your mouse pointer in ubuntu

Go to system > preferences > mouse

Do like following method.

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How do you get toggle between the button and text-based location bar in ubuntu 10.04 & 10.10

  1. press alt+f2

  2. write gconf-editor and Click “run”
    result as below

  3. then go to apps > nautilus > preferences.
  4. check always_use_location_entry

  • Finish the setup.

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Make sound quality better in ubuntu 9.10(karmic) with PulseAudio equalizer

Ubuntu karmic uses pulseaudio as its audio system and if you have a good quality audio card,you can enable surround sound and use equalizer to make sound quality better.

1. First,the installed pulseaudio version is 0.9.19 and need to update to 0.9.21.

Just add “ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev”(without quotes) as a software source in
System -> Administration -> Software Sources->Other Software.Reload and it will automatically add the correct PPA and it’s GPG key.

update and install pulseaudio:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio

you can use this command to check the pulseaudio version:

pulseaudio --version

2. Goto System->Preferences->Sound -> Hardware,select your audio card,config->choose Surround or digital output

3.Download the equalizer package from attachment and install it:

sudo dpkg -i pulseaudio-equalizer_2.4_all.deb

you may need to install some dependences which will be list in the output of above command,just use sudo apt-get install package_name to install them.
4. Open equalizer from
Applications->Sound and Video->PulseAudio Equalizer,this is a
15-band equalizer.Enable equalizer and set on it.

Download Pulse Audio

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Install VLC Media Player in Ubuntu

The VLC media player is an open source media player, distributed under the GNU General Public License. It is a highly portable multimedia player that supports many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various different formats.

It is one of the most platform-independent players available, with versions for Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, BSD, Windows CE, and Solaris.

Install VLC Media player in Ubuntu

You need to make sure that you have a “universe” mirror in your /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd

This will complete the installation

If you want to open VLC You need to go to Applications—>Sound&Video—>VLC Media Player

Once it open you should see the following screen

VLC Media Player Version Details

VLC Media Player Skins 2 interface

VLC Media Player Skins

If you want to download VLC Media Player Skins check here

Install VLC Plugin for Mozilla Firefox

sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-vlc

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