Popular open source BitTorrent client for Macs and Linux releases updated version with code that is “faster and smarter” than ever.
Transmission has long been one of the more popular BitTorrent clients for both Mac and Linux users. The open source client is lightweight, feature-filled, and sports a simple, intuitive interface designed to integrate tightly with whatever computing environment you choose to use.
It has just released a new stable 2.0 version that its developer claims is “faster and smarter” than ever.
“Transmission 2.0′s code is faster and smarter,” Transmission developer Charles Kerr told TF. “We’ve profiled the code for CPU bottlenecks and removed them. Startup, peer management, blocklists, and verifying local data are all faster. Transmission 2.0 is also smarter about detecting and handling network lag.”
“For 24/7 remote seedboxes, headless systems, and embedded systems, we’ve made Transmission-daemon easier to build, added hooks for scripting, and shrunk the memory footprint. Transmission-daemon has one of the smallest footprints — if not the smallest — of any BitTorrent client.”
That’s really the key to Transmission’s popularity — small memory footprint. It’s the same reason why uTorrent’s become so popular on Windows OS platforms.
So what’s new in Transmission 2.0?
From the release log:
- “Local Peer Discovery” for finding peers on the local network
- Optimize download requests for the bandwidth available
- Smarter heuristics when deciding the order to connect to peers
- Faster verification of local data
- Faster startup
- Support more blocklist file formats
- Use IEC standard units (KiB, MiB, GiB) instead of (KB, MB, GB)
- Better handling of 404 tracker errors
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