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In this article I will leave command-line clients like rtorrent or ctorrent for some other time, focusing on KTorrent, Deluge, Transmission, Vuze and QBitTorrent.
In my opinion, Deluge is KTorrent's counterpart for the GNOME environment. Written in GTK+2, Deluge offers all the features which a BitTorrent client should have: possibility to download only certain files in torrents, the ability to create your own torrents, lots of torrent information, queue manager and much more. Probably the most powerful and popular client for GNOME, so if you haven't tried it yet, give it a go! I wrote a full review here.
KTorrent is the most powerful BitTorrent client for both KDE3 and KDE4, offering advanced configuration options, plenty of features and a wealth of useful plugins, like the Search plugin which will allow you to search for torrents directly from within KTorrent. Here is the full review of the latest release, KTorrent 3.2.1.
Yet another GTK client for BitTorrent, Transmission offers a simple interface. I remember I tried Transmission almost an year ago, and it was a rather basic client, but this changed with the latest releases. It really is a good alternative to the more popular Deluge.
Built using the Qt4 toolkit, QBitTorrent's goal is to be lightweight, with a simple interface and ease of use, but also to offer powerful features in the same time. Among all the usual features, QBitTorrent also comes with support for trackerless torrents, a download queue, web interface, or tray integration (with the possibility to start it minimised to tray). You can also search for torrents directly from within the application, and by default it offers five default sites with the possibility to install new ones.
Written in Java and formerly known as Azureus, Vuze is a powerful, cross-platform BitTorrent client which comes with a futuristic interface and plenty features. It uses tabs for all of its operations, including configuring it, and when it starts it will focus a dashboard, showing recent activity and updates. Vuze also comes with integrated search for torrents and a large number of cool plugins, and everything is integrated into a futuristic, eye-appealing interface. However I found it to be the slowest of all the five clients.