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Hello, Transmission 2.0!

The most used non-commercial BitTorrent client, Transmission, has reached version 2.0. This is a community driven aplication that is installed on millions of computers arround the world is now smarter and faster than before announces its developer Charles Kerr.

Nearly five years ago was the first Transmission public release, gathering a steady user-base of millions of users.

The default BitTorrent client of various Linux distros like Ubuntu and Fedora is Transmission, allso being one of the most-used Mac BitTorrent clients.

This week Transmission, often praised by its users for being full-featured but lightweight, reached version 2.0.

TorrentFreak spoke with Transmission developer Charles Kerr who walked us through some of the most notable improvements in the latest Transmission release.

“Transmission 2.0′s code is faster and smarter,” Charles Kerr said. “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.”

Transmission is a community developed BitTorrent, unlike unlike bigger clients such as uTorrent, Vuze and BitComet.

Charles told TorrentFreak that this also comes with a downside, because future development relies on its community of volunteers.

“It means development happens only when volunteers are available,” he said. “For example, if any of your readers are Windows or ExtJS programmers who want to work on the Windows or Web clients, the Transmission team would like to hear from them.”

Indeed, you’re reading it right, a native Windows application is a serious option if there are skilled volunteers available. For now, however, Transmission’s expansion possibilities are limited to the other platforms while it has to settle for the title of the most-used BitTorrent client without a Windows version.

Premiere in FileSharing World: First Magnet-Only Torrent Index!

The decision of popular file sharing site The Pirate Bay to adopt the idea of including magnet links on their site has recently become the main subject of debate among the IT community. With The Pirate Bay having made the first step in this direction, various BitTorrent clients followed through and started to add support for these types of links as well; some even took the concept to the next level and introduced Internet’s first “magnet-only” torrent index.

The Pirate Bay’s metamorphosis began last November, when the website announced the closing down of its tracker and the integration of magnet links. Soon after that, several torrent clients such as BitComet and Transmission hurried to be among the first to provide support for these new types of links.

Even though magnet links are very reliable, BitTorrent is not able to completely switch to using them at present, due to the crucial information contained by the .torrent files, information required to initiate the download. However, a torrent site can function without torrents, relying exclusively on magnet links in order to free up bandwidth; pioneering TorrIndex is designed on this principle, as TorrentFreak reports.

The magnet links used by TorrIndex contain the trackers from the original torrent and are designed to look and act exactly like regular torrent downloads when they are viewed or opened in your torrent client. TorrIndex stores links from many different torrent sites on the Internet and enables users to attach magnet links to the site as well.

Considering that TorrIndex is currently in beta testing, its design is simplistic and lacks features such as possibility to add comments and torrent ratings. However, all magnet links are automatically categorized based on various parameters such as file type and size (crucial for simplifying the process of browsing through the database) and TorrIndex is also the first to introduce DHT information for seed and peer count that completes the statistics provided by the trackers.