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Faster HTTP downloads with aria2

While waiting for a download of a Gentoo Live CD image I suddenly felt like reading through a few news feeds again. Chance hit me as Debian Package of the Day introduced me to something I had to try out instantly: aria2. It's basically a GUI-less download manager. While I was downloading that Gentoo image before with no more than 200KB/s from the mirrors I tried, aria2 boosted that to about 500KB/s when given several mirror URIs. This is the appetizer by Anthony Bryan and Tatsuhiro Tsujikawa that introduced me to aria2 - check it out: