I’ve not be using Ubuntu for the past couple of days because i was trying to download a megadvd of maverick (Ubuntu 10.10).
Apparently its a pre-release. it’s an ISO file that is 4.2 GB in size. unfortunately for me they changed the file after i
had downloaded the entire dvd more than halfway so I needed to restart the download. I abandoned it because I must
have spent 3 or 4 days getting that far and was not willing to go through all that stress again.
I would have preferred to download such large files in Ubuntu but I had no download manager for ubuntu as of the time
I was downloading the first file. I was eventually able to get a download manager that works with ubuntu but still could
not use it.
The purpose of this section of this writeup is to note some of the challenges I have faced in using
Ubuntu. The download manager that I use for ubuntu is called Fatrat. It’s better in some ways than internet download
manager which I use for windows. I installed it with the following command:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install fatrat
I can’t say I thoroughly understand the command but I think it is 2 commands issued together, anyway it did the job
and I installed Fatrat without a hitch.
I’ve observed two advantages of Fatrat over IDM:
-one, it tells me the total amount of time I’ve spent downloading a file as well as the remaining time.
– two, it downloads using a queue(which you can modify), the advantage being that you can queue multiple files without
worrying that you’ll slow each one down.
Fatrat’s main disadvantage is that its does not feature browser integration like IDM so it doesn’t take over downloads
from the browser automatically. Asides from that it seemed slower but I think that was due to the fact that my evdo
modem must have been rolling back to cdma 1x. unfortunately I have no way of being certain as I dont have a
software that manages my modem.
Looks like my next assignment is to get a modem manager for ubuntu and also to find out if I can integrate Fatrat into my