That might happen if things progress naturally, because the response of many commercial application vendors is to improve service for the customer, and BitTorrent usage is something that ostensibly would do the job.

[slashdot]

"Have you ever tried to download an operating system update only to have it fail and have to start all over? What about patches for your favorite games? World of Warcraft already uses Bittorrent technology as a way to distribute large amounts of content at a lower cost to the company and faster speeds to all of their clients. So why haven’t they replaced the standard downloading options built into any major OS? Companies like Opera are including the downloading of torrents in their products already and extensions have been written for Firefox to download torrents in-browser. Every day Bittorrent traffic is growing. Sites like OpenBittorrent already exist and DHT doesn’t even require a tracker. So why isn’t everyone doing it? Is it finally time to see all downloads replaced with Bittorrent?"

I have not noticed many downloads failing, but I know that something that is persistent, and gets input from many sources is bound to be more robust (unless it is operating on the Comcast network, that is).

The problem with BitTorrent, from my perspective, is that there are not always enough seeds unless something is really hot – so you would need to download while others were as well. If you were late to the party, your needed device driver, or software upgrade could take days.

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I’m happy about the things I’ve done. Not always happy about the results, but happy about the decisions, because I made them myself. And I think that’s an important way to go through life.

Kevin Costner

a modern day philosopher? Perhaps.

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