The newest experimental release of Tribler is ready for testing by those who dare
(Don’t confuse it with the stable 7.2.2 release that we did today!)
It features a completely redesigned, much faster GUI for displaying channel contents, personal channel management, and content search.
!!! ATTENTION !!!
Conversion of your current Tribler database to the new format can take up to an hour. Tribler will be stuck in the “spinning gears” mode on startup! This is perfectly normal, just wait it out.
Your old database will not be affected at all by the conversion. However, it is still advised to backup your Tribler folder, just in case.
It is now possible to sort channels and their contents by clicking on the table headers:
There is a new “Filter” text entry field you can use to quickly filter the current torrents or channels list:
It is now easier than ever to add a bunch of torrents to your personal channel: you have an option to add all torrent files in from a dir or scan the dir and all of its subdirectories for torrents recursively (yes, drive C:\ is a dir, so you can scan it):
For those who manage a lot of torrents in their own channel, there is a super-secret option to manually control when the changes they do to their channel are published. It is more efficient to publish a bunch of torrents together on your channel. Disabling “Commit changes automatically” setting allows you do just that: publish the changes when your channel is in perfect shape.
By the way, there is a new tab called “Channels” in the “Downloads” section. It shows Channels downloads, which are used by GigaChannel to transmit channels data. You typically don’t want to mess with that if everything works fine.
- when you hover the mouse over the “heart” icon to subscribe or unsubscribe to a channel, it is always grey (i.e. it does not change the color depending on its state). However, clicking it works as expected (it subscribes/unsubscribes to a channel)
- there is no content in the new network, so it is pretty empty if you do a clean installation. As more users join the network, the database will grow.
- conversion from the old channels database can take a lot of time (up to an hour). Converted channels get “Legacy” status. They don’t have the “subscribe” heart option and are always in the “preview” state. Their contents are not spread around, and these are only there for your convenience.
- torrent health checking is buggy. It always shows you correct results if you click on a torrent, but if you reset the torrents view (sorting/filtering/opening) the state could be more pessimistic then the previous check.
- torrent status panel that appears on the bottom when you select a torrent sometimes can cover the last few torrents in the torrents list.
- channel votes are inconsistent and not functional
- Tribler version number is wrong and shows 7.2.0-exp1. It will still offer an “upgrade” to 7.2.2. Do not do that, if you want to stay with the experimental version.
- There are some issues with token mining
Having said all that, remember: this thing is designed to hold channels with millions of torrents! Have fun and let’s see who gets the biggest channel first!