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Re: [OT] Free download of Linux Fromat for 24 hours

Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> A word on terminology: BT clients (and torrent sites) talk about Seeders
> and Leechers. The only difference between the two is that Leechers are
> still downloading part of the torrent, while Seeders have finished
> downloading. Both types are uploading.

Sometimes "leecher" is also used to refer to a pure leecher who does not
upload anything. Sadly, the terminology is not completely unambiguous.

Of course, a pure leecher will get throttled to bad download rates, both as
a kind of sanction for uncooperativeness and for practical reasons (it's
more useful to use one's limited bandwidth to push bits to someone likely
to redistribute them to many more members of the swarm than to a dead end
where they'll only benefit a single person). When you have the choice,
BitTorrent is not a good protocol to use if you only want to leech without
uploading, e.g. if you are behind a firewall which only allows you to
download and not upload.

        Kevin Kofler

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