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Windows Vista Beta 2 download torrent

After spending about 5 days using wget to resume the download of the vista beta 2 .iso file (which is a bit over 3 GB). I finally gave up seeing as how that 5 days had netted me about 2-3 MB of data. As I started looking around online, I found that Chris Pirillo had got a site up vistatorrent.com where he is hosting a tracker for a bittorrent download of the vista iso. Of course, Microsoft recommends that you order the dvd and wait, but Chris has provided md5sum information so you can check your download. I’m up to 25% done now *(I discovered the torrent about 24 hours ago, although last night I didn’t download.) I let it download part of the afternoon and then remembered to restart this morning. So, it’s making pretty quick progress.


It’s really beyond me why Microsoft didn’t arrange for bittorrent downloads in the first place. Of course, they’ve always seemed to have an attitude about ANYTHING that comes from anything resembling open source roots.

Personally, I think Microsoft needs to get over their (if we didn’t create it – we don’t want anything to do with it) attitude… (actually I suppose it’s closer to ” if THEY created it – we don’t want anything to do with it.)

Anyway…. bittorrent to the rescue…

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Posted by on June 13, 2006.

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