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Hi guys, I could use a couple of virtual machines to download files from internet public platforms like rapidshare, turbobit etc. I tried to use Win10 with Firefox, consume around 2GB RAM which is pretty severe (1.2-1.3GB RAM just empty started OS).


Tried a couple of miniLinux "internet downloader" distributions but they are pretty old, non-updated and I'm looser, everything fails on me one way or another... generally nothing I like. My problem now is GUI - I need to run some internet browser in GUI in order to be able to interact and download. Being linux greenhorn, I don't know any other options or tricks how to use CLI to deal with turbobit downloads.



I need to save files to SMB share (windows2012, no domain) over ethernet network.



Any advice please ?
 

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Hi guys, I could use a couple of virtual machines to download files from internet public platforms like rapidshare, turbobit etc. I tried to use Win10 with Firefox, consume around 2GB RAM which is pretty severe (1.2-1.3GB RAM just empty started OS).


Tried a couple of miniLinux "internet downloader" distributions but they are pretty old, non-updated and I'm looser, everything fails on me one way or another... generally nothing I like. My problem now is GUI - I need to run some internet browser in GUI in order to be able to interact and download. Being linux greenhorn, I don't know any other options or tricks how to use CLI to deal with turbobit downloads.



I need to save files to SMB share (windows2012, no domain) over ethernet network.



Any advice please ?

Hi,

https://pyload.net/

Running on basically any "thin" Linux OS (archlinux, for example) would work as a Web interface for downloading stuff onto a NAS or other server.

If you can get a docker host up and running and install docker containers, PyLoad can also run in a docker, as can other download engines.

Another solution would be Aria2 or AriaNg:
https://github.com/mayswind/AriaNg - a web front end for a Linux "Swiss army knife" download tool called Aria (does many protocols, outside of standard HTTP/HTTPS/FTP etc) It also has a nice Mobile UI

There are also dockers allowing the desktop version of uget (https://ugetdm.com/) to be accessed via web browser in a tab.
 

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You could give a try Openmediavault, is a linux distribution aimed to build a NAS, but with the right plugins it turn into an excellent downloader. All the options are available via Webgui.
I have it installed into my old dell latitude d820 with 2gb of ram and it's perfect. Using for sharing files, torrent downloading/uploading and i recently tried the plugin for download everything.

https://www.openmediavault.org/

If you prefer a "tradiitonal" OS, you can try Linux Mint with XFCE, it's lite and easy to use. Well supported.

https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3834
 

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thanks for the advices, guys, so far I went with Linux Lite - does everything I need, striped it down and "memory optimized" as much as I could. Integration with Win10 Hyper-V is my biggest problem now, copy/paste doesn't work etc. and eight VMs running in parallel cause somehow stress on notebook's CPU (7300HQ). Each VM reports about 2-3% cpu utilization while sitting idle in GUI, but fan goes mad and I feel physical CPU utilization ramps up non-proportionally higher than VM utilization shows (could have something with the lack of Hyper-V integration).


Will definitely inspect anything container based and the other options you recommended as time allows this week. Cheers !
 

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you know, the world works in strange ways, and sometimes I'm absolutely convinced we're all connected on a subconscious level. (even once the lsd wears off)

sitting here browsing lite linux kernals, for the first time ever, to put onto a 5+ year old 4gb lenovo laptop.
 

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Try Chromium OS its pretty small. Put it on an old laptop and gave it to my mom, she's 80 and loves it. Super easy
 

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I recommend Puppy. Puppy fits in RAM, is easy to use, fast, has a very easy Samba setup and comes with useful tools in case you need to troubleshoot and is only about 224MB (which is why it fits entirely in RAM).

Puppy:
http://puppylinux.com/
 

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Is a gui required? If these are all virtual machines on the same machine then you could simply install a command line based distro and use a combination of wget + tmux and maybe install a web interface based torrent client in a single installation. It's how I download multiple files at the same time to my server. Do it over ssh or however you access your vms.
 

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Still looking? Another upvote for Puppy from me.

If that doesn't work for you, I'll echo what most people have been saying about xfce/lxde based distros. You can also download SeaMonkey and use that instead of Firefox (it uses very little ram if used judiciously).
 

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Plenty small linux distros just check https://distrowatch.com/

All you need is SSH to the machine remotely and run a wget/script or what ever app you use to download from your sources.
No GUI is the way to go.

If you use some weird free hostings crapped with JavaScript to prevent easy direct download links then either get a downloader that works around that that someone has made, or make one or setup a proxy and run it from your browser via proxy like a money by hand.

Or just use JDownloader etc. or something similar in CLI.

What are you even trying to do in first place? Trying to use multiple machines/IPs that can run Linux so that you can get more IPs to download from free file hostings with less limitations?
 
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