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MD5 is a checksum value. When iso is created, it is easy to generate a file checksum for controlling the file you downloaded is the same as uploaded. So, when you download iso image (no matter which way, torrent or sth) you should generate a checksum in your PC and compare with number on the site. If equal, you have the same copy as on server. If not, you can be in trouble during installation process for example.

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I think (I could be mistaken) that it's MD5 and it's a specific instance of the more general "checksum". That's where a number is assigned to a file by a complicated system of summing the bits/bytes/blocks that it comprises. Once the file is transferred, the integrity of the download is verified by reproducing that sum and comparing to the one performed at the origin. It's not perfect but it's a pretty strong indicator.

 

As I understand it, "bit torrent" is a file transfer process that is akin to "streaming", familiar to media consumers. It is an alternative to FTP which is a message/packet based process.

 

I could be all wrong on all scores but I'm sure I'll be corrected in short order it that's the case.

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