Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Azureus for Windows - Final

Azureus for Windows - Final

Azureus is a Java based BitTorrent client that offers multiple torrent downloads, queuing/priority systems (on torrents and files), start/stop seeding options and instant access to numerous pieces of information about your torrents. It also features an embedded tracker that is easily set up and ready to use.

Azureus connects to the BitTorrent network. BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer protocol designed to transfer files. Users connect directly to send and receive portions of a file, while a central tracker coordinates the action of all peers and manages connections without knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed. With BitTorrent, users upload at the same time they download, so network bandwidth is managed as efficiently as possible. BitTorrent is designed to work better than other file-transfer protocols as the number of people interested in a certain file increases. Azureus support for 27 languages.

Some key features of "Azureus":

· Multiple torrent downloads
· Upload and download speed limiting, both globally and per torrent
· Advanced seeding rules
· Adjustable disk cache
· Only uses one port for all the torrents
· UPnP sets the forward on your router
· Can use a proxy, for both tracker and peer communications
· Fast resume
· Can set a default download dir and move completed files
· Can import torrents automatically from a set dir
· Highly customizable interface
· IRC plugin included for quick help
· Embedded tracker, host your own torrents, automate your shares (periodic scanning of a dir)...
· Distributed Hash Table: host on it a completely decentralised torrent and/or benefit from it when the tracker is offline.

Changes in Azureus, 2006.08.21 :

New Features:
FEATURE: Core | Reduced CPU usage, especially in some unusual conditions [MjrTom]
FEATURE: Core | Explicit local subnet and peer injection option for Lan Peer Finder [Parg]
FEATURE: Core | Auto upload speed [Parg]
FEATURE: Core | DND completion handled better [Parg,TuxPaper]
FEATURE: Core | Added option for per-torrent max upload speed when upload busy [Parg]
FEATURE: Core | Ranges allowed for port listing to ignore peers from. [TuxPaper]
FEATURE: Core | Added option to move completed download on removal [amc1]
FEATURE: Core | Signed updates for increased security [Parg]
FEATURE: Core | UDP fallback on connection fail [Parg]
FEATURE: Core | Support for initial crypto tracker spec [Parg]
FEATURE: Core | Faster queued torrent startup [Parg]
FEATURE: Core | Option to disable tracker support for full-scrape [Parg]
FEATURE: Core | Added ability to rename the directory save name for a multi-file torrent [amc1]
FEATURE: UI | File pieces shown in files view [Parg]
FEATURE: UI | Ability to best guess folder you want to save torrent data to based on existing torrents [TuxPaper]
FEATURE: UI | Filter for Config Options [TuxPaper]
FEATURE: UI | "Help -> Generate Debug Info" to help us solve bugs [TuxPaper]
FEATURE: UI | Ability to customise the speed intervals for download / upload speed menus [amc1]
FEATURE: UI | Ability to rename the displayed title of a download [amc1]
FEATURE: UI | "date added", "idle up", "idle down", "req in", "req out" colmns added to MyTorrents [Parg]
FEATURE: UI | manual file recheck order [Parg]
FEATURE: UI | Option to remember passwords [Parg]
FEATURE: UI | OSX: Open .torrent files into Azureus via Finder/Desktop/etc [TuxPaper]
FEATURE: UI | Option to send popup message when download of a torrent (or individual file) has completed [amc1]
FEATURE: UI | Ability to change behaviour of popups: auto-hide behaviour and adding timestamp to messages [amc1]
FEATURE: UI | Torrent-info panel added to show MyTorrent's column attributes in a single place. Torrent encoding moved from General tab to here [Parg]
FEATURE: UI | Progress warning to user when long file operations in progress that would otherwise hang the UI [Parg]
FEATURE: Plug | Simple NAT-PMP implementation [Marc Colosimo]

CHANGE: Core | Reduced starting many pieces instead of completing current ones [MjrTom]
CHANGE: Core | Further modifications to optimistic disconnect algorithm [MjrTom]
CHANGE: Core | Longer scrape delays: [TuxPaper]
- 1 hr min for torrents in stopped state
- 2 hrs min for torrents in error state
- 3 hrs min when tracker sends no torrent info (no hash error)
- As per usual, flags->min_request_interval will override next scrape time
CHANGE: Core | Asynchronous existing torrent loading at startup (makes startup feel faster) [TuxPaper]
CHANGE: Core | Disk read cache disabled by default [Parg]
CHANGE: Core | Better detection of unix OSes (Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, etc) and custom ports that do not conform to our install structure [TuxPaper,Parg]
CHANGE: UI | More time periods in folder-rescan list [Parg]
CHANGE: UI | Option to hide toolbar [TuxPaper]
CHANGE: UI | Option to disable program icon for name column (may speed up OSX users) [TuxPaper]
CHANGE: Plug | Use UPnP to read external IP address if possible [Parg]

Corrected bugs:
BUGFIX: Core | Fix for pieces not completing due to too many snubbed peers [MjrTom]
BUGFIX: Core | Better handling of invalid peer/seed count from tracker [TuxPaper]
BUGFIX: Core | ed2k hash wrong on block boundaries [Parg]
BUGFIX: Core | upload slot default now applied correctly (was fixed at torrent add time) [Parg]
BUGFIX: Core | Various seeding rules fixes, mostly related to Seed:Peer ratio, 1st Priority, or 'None' ranking mode [TuxPaper]
BUGFIX: UI | speed graphics failing on high speeds [Parg]
BUGFIX: UI | Per-torrent options view now synced with global defaults and has "reset" button [Parg]
BUGFIX: UI | Slide-in alert message not closeable (GTK+ users) [TuxPaper]


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