Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Windows Users download Ubuntu

Today I was downloading Ubuntu 7.10 desktop i386 iso and came across an interesting fact.
I was using kTorrent and was delighted to see more than 1400 seeders and around 150 leechers.
There were seeders from many countries prominent among them being
  1. U.S
  2. U.K
  3. Germany
  4. Italy
  5. France
  6. Finland
  7. Canada
  8. Brazil
  9. Argentina
  10. Spain
  11. Sweden
  12. Switzerland and
  13. Mexico.
Now the total number of peers from a specific country, whom I was connected, was varying however the maximum number of peers were from the U.S, Finland and Germany. Now this data can vary from person to person and I cannot comment upon the usage. Google trends does shows a better stats about searched made regarding Ubuntu in different countries.

I also observed the torrent client used by the peers I was connected to and came across an interesting discovery; the maximum number of peers were using utorrent. The torrent clients I saw can be listed as
  1. utorrent
  2. Ktorrent
  3. Azureus
  4. BitTorrent and
  5. Transmission
The above list is in the descending order with maximum numbers of peers using utorrent and Transmission being used by least number of seeders. There were others too but their number was insignificant.
Now utorrent is a Windows only client, this makes this observation very interesting. Imagine, the maximum number of Ubuntu peers are actually using some version of Windows :). This indicates the growing awareness of Ubuntu among Windows users.
I really wish that those Windows users do give Ubuntu a fair try and then decide if they want to go back to Windows.



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21 comments:

wolfric said...

Im not so sure about your conclusions here.
I personally know several linux users who run utorrent under wine.

For myeslf though, if I wanted to run a windows app, I'd be running windows. Half the fun of linux is finding new software :)

Abhay said...

Strange.
Why use utorrent under wine when we have so many Linux native clients like KTorrent, Azueus ( java client) ??

I agree, if I want to run a windows app, which has good alternatives in Linux, then I would be running Windows.

Anonymous said...

I'm using linux and uTorrent work perfectly with wine.

Abhay said...

I agree that utorrent works well with wine, however, my point is why ?
When on Linux why not use Linux native applications like KTorrent ?
Or even platform neutral apps like Azureus ?
Why do we need to use a Windows application ? specially when we have very good Linux alternatives ?

Anonymous said...

I use utorrent in Windows and have recently downloaded Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Fedora. I have been using Linux for several years but continue to run Windows as well. My main PC is currently Windows only until I repartition. I think many other Utorrent clients will be used by other Windows/Linux users like me.

Anonymous said...

A lot of switchers probably use utorrent on wine while they look for native applications. Then they get stuck because they they don't find a native application that works for them. Maybe they don't have time to look or they are looking for a program that is 'exactly' like utorrent. Sticking with wine also gives them a familiar part of "home". Not everyone cares about running native applications.

Anonymous said...

i wish people would keep quiet about ubuntu. If everyone finds out how good it is then virus writers will target it. :(

Abhay said...

Keep quit about Ubuntu ??
Dude, internet is full of Ubuntu. Every Linux related site/blog does mention Ubuntu. Its impossible not to talk about it.

Regarding Viruses! they will be written for Linux as a whole so the entire Linux Community will tackle them.

Anonymous said...

The fact is, uTorrent is one of the best, and most stable bittorrent clients out there. It's tiny (600k or so) with a full GUI with lots of options. It's fast.

Fact is, Azureus is a pig, taking huge amounts of memory and CPU. ktorrent is significantly better than Azureus, but it still has all that KDE overhead. Plus, it's got a lot more (often useless) features that cause more bloat.

uTorrent does it's job, and it does it well in a small memory footprint.

Why do you think uTorrent was recently bought by the (unix friendly) Bittorrent company?

Anonymous said...

If you like uTorrent, try Deluge if you are running Ubuntu or KTorrent if you are running KDE.

They have the same torrent-engine, but native interfaces. They integrate with the OS much better.

You'll get the same kind of features, stability and speed though.

Both are included in the Gutsy repositories (just use add/remove), but you can also get a slightly more up-to-date version at http://www.getdeb.net/

Just download the .deb and open it. It will ask to install it.

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