[ubuntu-uk] Idea- Torrents!

Robert McWilliam rmcw at allmail.net
Tue Apr 29 16:07:57 BST 2008

On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 03:36:24PM +0100, Javad Ayaz wrote:
> but this is what i said....maybe ubuntu can come with something does exactly
> that...an option when selected switches off everything else..and 1% off
> power goes towards maintaing those torrents!!!

You can't do that on a normal desktop. You need hardware capable of
scaling back the power usage, or hardware designed for low power. The
power scaling is mostly just used in mobile devices as it uses up chip
area that most people prefer to dedicate to running stuff a bit faster
when they're plugged into the mains.

Where the hardware supports it Ubuntu usually does take advantage of
low power facilities already, but in current computers there isn't a
great deal of hardware support for cutting back power usage (laptops
are a lot better than desktops but they still burn a lot of power even
in the lowest of their running states[1]). 

What you're after isn't really something that Ubuntu can provide: it
needs different hardware, and Ubuntu is a software distribution. The
software is there now for you to get your hands on a low power
machine and use that to download torrents, Alan has explained one
way of doing it (which is remarkably similar to my own approach, right
down to using an old Dell Optiplex). If you want to substitute a GUI
torrent client for the CLI one that is possible but running a GUI
pushes up the minimum spec for the machine.  


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