Here in Zambia, international bandwidth is a big problem. In addition, the connection can often be unreliable. BitTorrent is unpopular with the ISPs (including my employer) since it tends to be associated with abuse of bandwidth, but if you’re going to download the file anyway it’s the lesser of two evils: you get bandwidth usage control and ability to resume downloads for free, so no bytes are wasted. If there’s another user in Zambia then there’s a chance that we save on international bandwidth, which is a bonus.
Unfortunately, not all linux distros these days are providing BitTorrent downloads, particularly for files in the 50-100Mb range where most people assume it doesn’t matter. Therefore I’ve taken to hosting my own torrents (in Amazon S3) for the files I need: