Transmission arrives as an official application (not web) to Ubuntu Touch

Transmission on the PineTab

At the user level, eye, at the user level, phones and tablets with Linux are not the best option today. Yes, they allow us to use a lot of software and even connect them to an external monitor and have a kind of computer, but there is still a lot of work to do. Ubuntu Touch also has to improve a lot, an operating system that has lights and shadows, the lights being one of the best graphical environments and the main shadow that, right now, the apps with GUIs from the official repositories do not work. For the latter, it seems to me good news that Transmission has landed on the OpenStore.

Ubuntu Touch has two types of applications available, which sooner or later will be joined by a third (it was already available in the past): the web and the native ones. Many of them, a lot for my taste, are web applications, that is, an app that depends on the browser or is basically the same, but reduced in functions so that we stay in the webapp. The other option is native apps, and these apps work much better. The third option will be the one that allows us to install desktop apps, but at the moment that is not possible, as it was collected in this link.

Transmission for Ubuntu Touch only supports .torrent files ... at the moment

What there is available in the OpenStore It is v1.0.3 of the software, a numbering that I personally would not have given it yet because it is far from perfect; I would have decided one below 1 until it was more functional. And it is that, right now and as explained in the description, Transmission for Ubuntu Touch does not support .magnet links, so we can forget about going to a torrent website, touching the magnet and it opens directly in the app, or being able to copy the link and paste it into it. To download, we have to download the torrent, hit the plus symbol, find it and open it. At that moment is when we will see something like the following screenshot:

Download screen

Operation is very simple, as is the desktop Transmission. We can pause or cancel downloads and also assign a speed to it. It is currently only available in English, German and Russian. The first time we open it install the client, and be careful with this because it can fail, although it is one of the improvements that have been included in this version.

What if I can't get the .torrent file?

It has surprised me to the bad that there is no Transmission for Ubuntu Touch does not support .magnet links, But that's what there is. It seems to me that he limps like that, but everything has a solution. For example, we can copy the link .magnet, go to the web magnet2torrent.com, paste it and download a torrent that will be compatible with this app. It is a little walk, but it may be worth it if we want to use a native app to download torrents on phones and tablets like the PinePhone or PineTab in their UBports editions.

If this Transmission gives us problems, always we can use alternatives and seedr, which, although it has its limitations, is the best I have tried in different browsers, including the iOS / iPadOS Safari, and it is the one that has given me the best results when I have wanted to download torrents using only one browser. Instant.io y Btorrent.xyz They promise to work perfectly, but, beyond ever seeing how they start up, most of the time I see no movement, regardless of the browser I use. Seedr does support .magnet links, which is a bonus about this Transmission.

In any case, everything mobile Linux is taking its first steps. As for Ubuntu Touch, it is known that during the first half of 2021 they will change their base to Ubuntu 20.04, and at that time they should also start to focus on improving or making Libertine work on devices like the PineTab. If they don't, and something that is already happening to many of us, we can always opt for other operating systems. Things as they are.


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