Subject: Downloading NetBSD 3.0.2 and 3.1 ISO images via BitTorrent
To: None <netbsd-announce@NetBSD.org>
From: Matthias Scheler <tron@NetBSD.org>
Date: 11/04/2006 21:04:48
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we would like to encourage people to download the ISO images of the
brand new NetBSD 3.0.2 and 3.1 releases via the BitTorrent peer to
peer protocol. This will distribute the load and provide everybody
with as much bandwidth as possible.
Here is a quick guide on how to use BitTorrent for this purpose:
1.) The BitTorrent Client
If you already have NetBSD running, please install the "rtorrent"
package from "pkgsrc/net/rtorrent".
Clients for other operating systems can be downloaded here:
http://www.bittorrent.com/ (Windows, Mac OX, Linux, etc.)
http://azureus.sourceforge.net/ (Windows, Mac OX, Linux, etc.)
2.) Downloading The "Torrent File"
To use BitTorrent for downloading you need a torrent file which
identifies the file you want to download. These files are small
(only a few kilobytes) and downloaded via normal protocols like HTTP
or FTP. The torrent files for NetBSD 3.0.2 and 3.1 can be found here:
Just download the torrent files for the ISO images you want to get.
3.) Starting The Download
Once you have the torrent file you can start the download. If you use
the "rtorrent" client under NetBSD simply run this command in the
directory with the torrent files you downloaded before:
The ISO images will be downloaded to the current directory afterwards.
The GUI based clients (e.g. BitTorrent for Windows) usually have a
menu item called "Open torrent file" which you can use to start the
4.) Uploading To Other Peers
After your BitTorrent client has finished the download it will continue
to upload data from the downloaded file to other BitTorrent clients.
Please keep your client running for a while if possible to support other
5.) Legal Considerations
BitTorrent and other peer to peer protocols are often used to transfer
copyright protected material without permission of the owners. By using
a BitTorrent client as described above you will *not* get involved
in any copyright violations. Your BitTorrent client will only download
and upload the contents of the NetBSD ISO images.
Thanks in advance
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