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Popular Transmission BitTorrent Client Released For Windows (thenextweb.com) 85

An anonymous reader quotes an article on The Next Web: Transmission, one of the most popular BitTorrent clients for OS X and Linux, has finally arrived on Windows after roughly a decade in existence. The open-source file sharing app, developed by volunteers and available without ads for free, boasts a small footprint (about 25MB on Windows), support for encryption, a Web interface so you can control it through your browser, as well as the ability to set different speed limits for individual torrents. The current version isn't yet being actively promoted -- to download it, you'll need to head to Transmission's download directory page.
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Popular Transmission BitTorrent Client Released For Windows

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Because many distros like to include Transmission as a preinstalled package. Most notably you have Transmission installed with every Linux Mint desktop by default, among other junk.

    Hell, I believe even Fedora Cinnamon Spin included Transmission.

    • by Penguinisto ( 415985 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @10:51AM (#51792665) Journal

      True, but damn it works rather well; it's one of the initial packages I install whenever I find myself with a new Mac.

      • by KGIII ( 973947 )

        The Mac version recently had malware installed with it. There was quite an ado about it. It was dealt with reasonably quickly by both the Transmission team and by Apple revoking a certificate - it appears (IIRC) that the cert had been stolen and the upload site had the original replaced. I'm sure you can easily find more data about it - or may already know about it. However, on the chance that you don't and somehow still have that version, it's something you might wish to learn about. So long as, as I under

        • That was what I thought of immediately upon reading the headline, I was thinking of responding:

          "So now Windows can be exploited just as easily as Mac!"

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Because it's pretty self-contained and doesn't need dependencies like Boost

  • Small footprint? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by johanw ( 1001493 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @10:22AM (#51792425)

    Size is relative it seems. uTorrent is less than 1MB, and still fully functional (if you can find a 2.2 version somewhere). But I read webinterface, and we all know web "programmers" are not known for their efficient products.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by war4peace ( 1628283 )

      uTorrent also has a web interface. So does qbittorrent.
      I'm trying to find ONE reason to use Transmission instead of any other torrent client currently available for Windows... can't find any.

      • Re:Small footprint? (Score:5, Informative)

        by Blaskowicz ( 634489 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @10:33AM (#51792505)

        uTorrent bundles crapware or spyware with updates, so it's to be considered to be actively user hostile.
        Contrary to the good old Windows 98/XP days we can't trust freeware for everything these days, so get an open source torrent client.
        The two I know best are Transmission and Deluge.

        Transmission was already available as unofficial transmission-qt build

        • by johanw ( 1001493 )

          I did write version 2.2 for that exact reason. I'm still running 2.2.1. Some software is just finished.

          • In theory someone may target that older version and figure out some bad data to send it and trip it up?
            I'll agree it's good software that people depend on.
            I used Winamp 2.8x and 2.9x for what seemed like, forever.

            I regret not moving to Windows XP x64 when it was still current. I went to Windows 7 and was very disappointed by the bloat, this led me to using Linux on the main computer instead.

        • by tsa ( 15680 )

          As far as I can remember freeware has always been horrible on Windows.

        • by javilon ( 99157 )

          Please mod parent up.

        • Contrary to the good old Windows 98/XP days we can't trust freeware for everything these days, so get an open source torrent client. The two I know best are Transmission and Deluge.

          I've long been a fan of KTorrent, and I find the interface personally better than Transmission, especially if you have large number of torrents (legally, of course! I'm talking tons of distro ISOs, archive.org concerts, etc . . . yup yup).

      • Reminds me of Netscape in 2001 which was a 25MB+ download. Which didn't compare particularly favorably to Opera 5 @ 2MB, especially considering that Netscape had less features, a larger memory footprint, no tabs and crashed far more often.

        Transmission: 25MB - considered a small footprint/? uTorrent is what 1 or 2MBs? And is ad-free if you support it.
        • Re:Small footprint? (Score:4, Interesting)

          by dj245 ( 732906 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @11:29AM (#51792993) Homepage

          Reminds me of Netscape in 2001 which was a 25MB+ download. Which didn't compare particularly favorably to Opera 5 @ 2MB, especially considering that Netscape had less features, a larger memory footprint, no tabs and crashed far more often. Transmission: 25MB - considered a small footprint/? uTorrent is what 1 or 2MBs? And is ad-free if you support it.

          uTorrent has not been what I would say a "trusted" piece of software for at least a couple years now. It got bloated up and the company lost the morals at some point after version 2. Sure, you can run 2.2.1, the installer is still available, and at the time it was one of the best torrent clients available, but there are probably big security problems with using it in 2016. Not to mention I had some stability problems the last time I tried to use that version.

      • Isn't uTorrent adware verging on malware? Maybe I'm confusing it with another product, but a lot of the bittorrent software that has been available over the years has had problems with that kind of thing.

        Transmission, at least, is completely free and open source. I feel like that should be worth something. Also, I think Transmission does have a web interface available. Admittedly I'm not 100% sure because I don't see the point in having a web interface, but whatever floats your boat.

        • I run Transmission on a server, then access it from a client via web interface. Thus my boat is floated.
          • I run Transmission on a server, then access it from a client via web interface. Thus my boat is floated.

            Try rtorrent: text mode and bloat-free to run via ssh :P

          • by pnutjam ( 523990 )
            I have qbittorrent on a server routed out via a VPN. It's configured so I can access it remotely on the normal network, but all other traffic goes out the VPN and dies if the vpn goes down (router handles all this).
        • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

          Isn't uTorrent adware verging on malware? Maybe I'm confusing it with another product, but a lot of the bittorrent software that has been available over the years has had problems with that kind of thing.

          Well, uTorrent is adware, and even they found problems - which is why they run their ads as a separate process (the ads were crashing uTorrent!)

          The easiest way to get rid of it is to find the "Updates" directory, then use NTFS permissions to deny yourself access to the utorrentie.exe file. (I delete all th

        • I haven't used uTorrent in a long time. Currently using qbittorrent which is working really well.
          My opinion is that Transmission, however good, came to Windows way too late.

        • I think it's Vuze that I tried, from Azureus fame and what I got is an interface as overloaded as a Christmas tree, kind of want to be your Itunes, or Real Player or whatever. I remember when CD burning software attempted to be your "one true stop" for all your digital media, no thanks I just want to find the regular wizardless interface and burn the files.

          Too many choices for that "one true way". Should I do everything from the torrent client, or a Windows CD burning program?, from Itunes? from an open sou

          • by KGIII ( 973947 )

            I did like early-on Nero's wizard for burning. It wasn't bad. I remember sticking with whatever version it was that came with a burner that I bought and installed. I then went and tried the newest version (at the time) and they not only wanted me to pay for it but it was everything and the kitchen sink - including a player that set itself as the default - and offered no advanced installation, meaning I had to go reset the damned things to get them back to normal. There was no way to install it without the p

      • by KGIII ( 973947 )

        I've got an instance of Transmission that has run on a nearly dedicated connection for a very long time. It was rebooted about a year ago. It seeds over 140 (at last count) Linux distros. It does so without fail, without hiccup, securely, and with little resource usage.

        Use what works best for you but that's been working just fine for me. It's one of the few dedicated Linux boxes that I had set up before completely switching to using Linux exclusively. It's been running on Ubuntu - still on an older LTS, for

        • Um... cool story but I was talking Transmission for WINDOWS versus other, already existing WINDOWS clients.

          • by KGIII ( 973947 )

            Depending on your version and what you're willing to do with it, you can do the same thing with Windows. Note that it is a dedicated box on a nearly dedicated connection.

            You might have missed it but it was not a joke when I said you should use what works best for you.

      • by pnutjam ( 523990 )
        qbittorrent has an integrated search that I find very useful, I'm pretty sure Transmission does not.
    • But I read webinterface, and we all know web "programmers" are not known for their efficient products.

      ...because every "programmer" that touches web technologies only produces shitty, barely functioning code.

      ...and those that don't touch web technologies never, ever produce code that is anything less than perfect.

      ...sounds like somebody is jealous that we get paid just as much to play with all the fun stuff.

  • Finally! (Score:5, Informative)

    by slashdice ( 3722985 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @10:34AM (#51792515)
    After adding malware support [slashdot.org], windows support seems like a good next step.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Transmission has had a windows client for years. I have been running QT-transmission on my win 7 box for 2 years

    • That is a fork and QT-based implementation of the original Transmission, although I have been using it myself too until I did a complete switch to Linux.

      • by ncc74656 ( 45571 ) *

        That is a fork and QT-based implementation of the original Transmission

        Since Transmission already uses Qt on Linux (and probably on Mac OS X as well), how much is really changing in the Windows version? (Been using it for years, BTW...mostly to monitor a remote instance that runs on Linux, but I'll occasionally spin up a local instance to download LibreOffice or whatever.)

        • Hmm, I've always had the GTK-based client on my Linux boxes. I see now that there is one version available in the repos labelled as 'transmission-qt', which I suppose is equally available, but used as a default only on non-XFCE DEs. My comfy knowledge bubble has burst. :-(

  • I'm quite happy with Tixati, thanks, but welcome anyway.

  • Wasn't this the one with the bitcoin miner where you pay the electric bill for someone elses coins?

  • Transmission has been available for Windows since 2010 -- if you go by the SourceForge project page -- using the name Transmission-QT. So, how is it 'finally available for Windows'?
  • I have been using transmission on windows for years... It has always been the best...

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