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Opera integrates BitTorrent

Opera Software has launched a technical preview of the Opera browser for Windows, Linux and Mac that supports BitTorrent.

Opera Software has launched a technical preview of the Opera browser for Windows, Linux and Mac that supports BitTorrent.

According to the company, the integration of the popular file-downloading technology in the Opera browser, will allow users to download files faster, by utilising full bandwidth and reducing the chance of in-transfer delay when multiple users download the same file.

“While BitTorrent has been on Opera’s radar screen for more than a year, the true value of the technology became evident when the company launched Opera 8 in April this year,” said Christen Krogh, VP of engineering at Opera Software. “The massive response, with more than 100 downloads per second, dealt a technical knock-out to Opera’s servers. With BitTorrent, users would have had an alternative download mechanism.”

Unlike eDonkey, Kazaa or other file-swapping networks, BitTorrent does not allow searching of other people’s hard drives in order to find and download files. In fact, it connects the computers of numerous people who want the same file, allowing a computer that has already downloaded pieces of the file to automatically begin distributing those pieces to others.

Opera Software claims that the incorporation of BitTorrent, will make it easier for users to download a large amount of legal material available, such as Linux software and computer game demos. The Opera browser will also be offered for download as a torrent file.

Opera already supports other file protocols such as FTP and HTTP, and the addition of BitTorrent will make protocols available that increase productivity and the overall internet experience for the end-users. The technical preview version of Opera can be freely downloaded at www.opera.com/download/get.pl?id=27108.

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