Install New Improved Transmission 2.0 in Ubuntu Lucid, Karmic


Transmission is the default bit torrent client in Ubuntu for some time now. But I must admit, I always felt it to be inferior in front of alternatives like Deluge, which apparently is my favorite bit torrent app for Ubuntu Gnome. But Transmission is a favorite for many and the release of Transmission 2.0 with a lot of improvements and bug fixes is indeed a welcome development.


What's New in Transmission 2.0?
  • Even faster startup.
  • Use of IEC standard units (KiB, MiB, GiB) instead of (KB, MB, GB).
  • Feels more lightweight and uses fewer resources than other clients.
  • Transmission has always been cross platform and has native Mac, GTK+ and Qt GUI clients.
  • "Local Peer Discovery" for finding peers on the local network.
  • Better tracker announce management when completed torrents are moved from the incomplete directory.
  • Speed up moving local data from one disk to another.
  • Full Changelog here.
Screenshot Tour of Transmission Client in different platforms




How to Upgrade to Transmission 2.0 in Ubuntu Lucid, Karmic?
  • Open Terminal(Applications - Accessories - Terminal) and copy-paste the following line into Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa
  • Done. Now update repositories and upgrade to Transmission 2.0.1 in Ubuntu.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Done. 
Don't have Transmission by default in Ubuntu?
  • Transmission is available in Ubuntu by default and if somehow you don't have Transmission, this is what you need to do after adding PPA as shown in the first step before.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install transmission
  • Done.
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