Popcorn Time lets you stream movies via torrents on your Linux desktop

In today's open source roundup: Popcorn Time brings streaming movies via torrents to Linux. Plus: A review of Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403, and should you recommend Linux to friends?

Gizmodo reports that a new open source application called Popcorn Time lets you stream movies via torrents in Linux, as well as Windows and OS X. This is the first time I've ever heard of an application that could actually stream movies from torrents, I'm sure the movie industry isn't going to be happy about it.

Too impatient to wait for a torrent to download? Then maybe you should check out Popcorn Time—an app that lets you stream torrents to your computer.

Currently in beta, the app lets you search the web's torrents to watch 'em immediately. It chooses the best version, and there are no usage restrictions at all.

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Popcorn Time Stream Torrent Movies

I suspect that Popcorn Time is going to be a very popular desktop movie application. Like it or not, there are a lot of people out there who get movies from torrents, and they are bound to find Popcorn Time at some point or another.

You should know a few things about it before downloading it, however. The Popcorn Time FAQ points out that there might be legal issues with watching movies via streaming torrents. That is something to be aware of before using Popcorn Time since the movie industry takes a dim view of anyone who views its content without paying for it.

The FAQ also notes that you are seeding movies while watching them. So bear that in mind as you consider the possible legal ramifications of watching copyrighted movie content. You aren't just leeching, you are actively sharing the film as you watch it. This may also have bandwidth ramifications if you are using a metered Internet connection.

One truly odd part of the FAQ was the part about what happens to movies after the user is done watching them. Apparently they are "buried in a secret folder somewhere on your drive until you restart your computer. Then it will be gone for good." I'm not sure how happy that will make Popcorn Time users, their movies vanish when they restart their computers.

Then again the whole point of Popcorn Time is to stream movies, not build a downloaded collection of them. So maybe it won't matter to Popcorn Time users if their movies disappear after a computer reboot. They can also just stream the movie again later if they want.

If you're hoping that you can get Popcorn Time for Android, iOS or other platforms then you'll be disappointed to find out that the developers have no plans to make the app for anything but the desktop.

Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 review

LinuxBSDos has a review of Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403, and finds that the installer still needs a lot of work.

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