General Vuze Questions
- 1 What is Vuze?
- 2 How can the Vuze client allow me to upload and download large files so quickly?
- 3 Is there a cost associated with using the Vuze Platform?
- 4 Is this open source software?
- 5 What operating systems does Vuze support?
- 6 What is Azureus?
- 7 What is a torrent?
- 8 Vuze respects the privacy of its users. What does this mean?
- 9 Configuration
What is Vuze?
Vuze is a software application enabling you to find, download, play and share all kinds of content. It is a full-featured bittorrent application, plus a network of high-quality undiscovered torrents and a media player. The Vuze application is built on the original code of the Azureus Bittorrent client.
How can the Vuze client allow me to upload and download large files so quickly?
The Vuze client uses a special peer-to-peer based content distribution system that breaks up large files into small pieces and distributes them in parallel across the network, allowing these pieces to be downloaded from many computers simultaneously. Each person who downloads the file gets some pieces of the content from the original server, and other pieces from anyone else who is also downloading that file, thereby increasing download speeds significantly.
Is there a cost associated with using the Vuze Platform?
The Vuze application is FREE to download and use. Be sure you get it from here
Is this open source software?
Vuze is based on the Azureus bittorrent application, which is open source software.
What operating systems does Vuze support?
Vuze supports PC, Mac OSX and Linux users, however, some content is only available for users that meet the Minimum System Requirements in our Terms of Sale.
What is Azureus?
Azureus is the name of the original Bittorrent application, on which Vuze is built. Azureus was developed as an open source project in 2003 and one of the original developers named the project, as he did all of his projects, after a species of frog. Azureus is a type of poison dart frog found in South America, specifically in the Sipaliwini District in Suriname. Dendrobates azureus (its Latin name) is widely known as the Blue Poison Dart Frog or by its Tirio Indian name, Okopipi.
What is a torrent?
A torrent is the most effective way to quickly and reliably download large files, such as HD and DVD quality videos. Instead of transferring a file from a single, central machine to all of the computers that are trying to download that file, torrenting allows all of the machines that have parts of that file to send parts to other computers looking for parts of the file. The more computers that are participating in getting the files, the more effective and efficient downloading is for each of them. This is "the power of the swarm"!
Vuze respects the privacy of its users. What does this mean?
For non-Vuze content, we have no knowledge regarding what specific content you share, with whom you share it, or what you or your Friends may download. This information resides only on your computer and never touches our servers, or in some cases is protected with encryption. Instant message chats between users are encrypted in such a way that we are unable to know anything about the content of chats. Your User Name and Full (Display) Name are both public, meaning they are publicly accessible on the site in various places. For example, if you have published content, left a comment, sent a Friend invitation, or shared content, your User Name would be visible. Other users can also search for you using either your User Name or Display Name. You can change your Full Name but you cannot change your User Name after initial registration. Your email address is kept private and is not searchable by other users.