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Historians may argue whether it was Louis XV or his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, who famously said, "Après moi, le Déluge" ("After me, the deluge"), but what cannot be argued is that, today, Deluge is the name of an efficient BitTorrent client that you would do well to try.
Unlike other BitTorrent clients that consume high levels of RAM and CPU usage, Deluge is lightweight and unobtrusive. To help cut down the bloat, most of its functionality is available as plugins, so you can streamline its runtime requirements. Deluge is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions are available, and you can run Deluge in KDE, Xfce, GNOME, and a number of other desktop environments.
I found Deluge in the Packman openSUSE repository, and installed it with Smart with the command smart install deluge. I checked the downloaded version (0.5.7.1) against the one on the Deluge Web site, and it was up to date, so I didn't have to do anything else. If you have to install it on your own, try the download site. If you're running Debian, Gentoo, or Ubuntu, you're in luck: you can get ready-to-install packages. As a last resort, you can get the source package or even try out the latest SVN version, but you should be aware that it's written with PyGTK, so you'll need several packages first, including Python and the GIMP Toolkit (GTK+).
If this is your first BitTorrent client installation, you'll likely have to do some firewall configuration. Fortunately, several online sites offer such information. I couldn't find a Deluge-specific one, but all BitTorrent clients follow the same protocol, so the setup is the same for all clients.
The first time you run Deluge, the First Launch Configuration wizard helps you choose:
You can set many more preferences by clicking on Edit -> Preferences. I recommend the following:
To get the most out of Deluge, you'll probably want to enable some plugins. (Be careful if you want to keep CPU and RAM requirements to a minimum; some of the plugins obviously have higher requirements.) Don't bother looking for information on plugins on the Deluge plugins page; nothing is up yet. Instead, go to the application's Plugins tab, where you can enable some of these interesting plugins:
Deluge is easy to use. For example, I wanted to try out Linux Mint 4.0 for Xfce, so I went to the site and clicked on the appropriate torrent link. Firefox opened it with Deluge -- nothing more to it! After confirming the download, Deluge started getting my download with no fuss. You can also add a torrent directly by clicking on File -> Add Torrent From URL and entering its URL.
If you enable Speed Limiter, you can set specific bandwidth limits to each torrent. You can also pause and restart torrents. If you don't have a quick enough connection, Deluge will limit the number of active torrents by default, so you might find yourself downloading files only one at a time.
I checked Deluge's use of memory by running cat /proc/meminfo before loading the program and after making it run, and it required about 25MB of RAM. Using top while it ran showed it used about 1% of the CPU time; it didn't affect my work at all.
There are dozens of BitTorrent clients available, but if you're looking for one that both is powerful and has a small footprint, consider Deluge.