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the folks around the blender community released an "open movie" under a creative commons license called elephant's dream. it's already about 20% here thanks to bittorrent.
and while it was coming down i noticed something in the peer list that is becoming more and more common:
ktorrent! ktorrent 1.3 (still in svn) has really won me over. it's a lot faster and more reliable than 1.2 and now seems to support things like dht (though i've never used that myself =). the real killer feature for me, though, is the integration which is probably hardly surprising for a kde app. it starts out with a simple enough interface, but you can turn on more advanced UI bits that are loaded as plugins; the integrated search page really does it for me; firewall autoconfiguration; systray support ... or just use it for when you click on .torrent files on webpages and let it ride in simplicity.
back to the peer listing ... these days it's not unusual to see ktorrent as a peer during a bittorrent download. while i use bittorrent primarily for swapping open content (linux distros, free videos, etc) which naturally biases my experience to the techie and open source crowd, i do occasionally step into the mainstream world and i've seen ktorrent often enough there too. it's probably safe to assume that not every kde-using bittorrent downloader uses ktorrent (yet ;) so the ktorrent users represent only a fraction of the kde users on bittorrent. assuming that bittorrent is still an 'advanced users and enthusiasts' sort of thing (which i assume it is?) and that summed up the peers listings i get tend to be a representative selection sample, it seems we're doing pretty darn well in that particular segment of the computer using population. nice.