Originally Posted by EvulReplika
Thanks I'll have to try that azureus client. For me torrents are a must because I have a modded xbox
. In all honesty I'm thinking about passing on the ibook because apples are just too expensive and I don't know how to use them. I tried using my friends eMac one time and I couldn't do anything with it.
And, jasn, is linux beneficial to use? I understand the learning curve, but it is something that I have wanted to try for some time now. Like are there ftp clients and torrent clients for linux users?
Well for me learning Linux has been a real challenge. (I'm not nearly as computer savvy as most here..) I gotta tell you though everytime I learn more with Linux, I feel like I've really accomplished something. So far I've installed Gentoo on an Apple iBook, Powerbook, and on a homebrew PVR I built on AMD64. It's the most awesome experience to be building something supported through open source. I've always been able to find the right software for something I needed to do.
But for me the final straw is that Linux is something that belongs to the users. You don't have to support companies practice that you don't like, and I've had frustrations with stuff that both Microsoft and Apple have done in the past. When you support Linux you are really feeding into something that will benefit everyone using the software. If you start to create stuff, you don't have to worry about using proprietary file formats if you don't want to.
A word of warning from my experience. You should be really comfortable with command line stuff if you go the Linux route, and you need to learn a lot about how the OS works. As an example, even though using the WiFi card on my Powerbook is extremely simple and requires no configuration, I didn't even attempt to get it to work with Linux, because it's far more complicated to accomplish. It's definitely not for the faint of heart. It's harder for me to install Linux on a machine than it is for either Windows or Mac OS. But I think in the long run it's definitely worth it. I'm going to be moving back to a WinTel platform to build my Linux laptop because while there is good support for Linux on Mac (PPC Linux) it still lags support in Intel (x86). Having said that not only will you find good FTP and Torrent clients for Linux, almost all of the software you find for Linux will almost always be free.
If you think you want to start off, it's probably easiest to get your laptop, whether WinTel or Apple, installed with the stock OS, and then create a partition on your hard drive for Linux. Then when you have time to tinker, boot into it and play around until you get good and comfortable. You should be able to make a good decision about if and when you want to make the full switch..