SuprNova is a website
containing links to literally thousands of different downloads on the BitTorrent
network (known as "torrents"). Virtually anything is available: from game
s to music
to applications for Windows
. Some Linux distributions
are also available.
The site depends on the contribution
s of the users, as the site holds no files itself, only links to the BitTorrent files which link to the files proper. Users upload
the torrent files and in this way the site grows.
For many things, using SuprNova is comparable if not better than established P2P
networks such as KaZaA
: the downloads are faster and at a more consistent rate, and it is possible to get a full album
from SuprNova in the time it would take to get one song using FastTrack
or indeed Gnutella
The site manages to avoid being shut down by having several mirror
s located around the world, and every time someone visits the site a random
one is chosen and the user is directed to it. These mirror
s range from tolerable
to very slow in terms of speed, but most of your time when downloading the files is not spent there, so it works out OK. Also, the section
pages (i.e movies, games, music) are very slow to load due to the incredible number of torrents available and the resulting huge page size
s. It is possible to get around this by simply going to NovaSearch
, the sites search engine (at www.novasearch.net) and finding your torrent
SuprNova is updated daily, with about 20 torrents added each morning
. There are very few, if any, duff
torrents and the seedless
ones are usually filtered out after a day or so. You can get to it via www.suprnova.org.
UPDATE!: I have been asked to point out that anything downloaded from this site is legally dubious at best.
If that wasn't sufficiently clear, now it is.