Saturday, July 7, 2012

Large downloads are still unreliable

It's 2012. Yet large downloads are still hit-and-miss.

Most of the time, in my experience, Firefox's built-in download manager is unable to resume a partially downloaded file. It simply restarts the download. On Linux (and Cygwin), wget and curl allow reliable resumption of a download, but on Windows there's no built-in reliable way!

BitTorrent solves this problem (and many other problems) beautifully, but some companies that offer CD and DVD images still don't provide them via BitTorrent! BitTorrent has been out (and immediately popular) since 2001. What's the deal?

If you're going to offer a large download, please make it available via BitTorrent. It works great for Linux distributions and LibreOffice.