Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am looking to use a good download manager on ubuntu 12.04 I have tried some such as MultiGet etc but really none of the in my view compare up to Orbit Downloader which works perfectly under wine.

I want my download manager to always be running (I download a lot) so I am concerned as to how much resources wine actually uses?

share|improve this question
Why not consider available option as here before switching to wine for such options – atenz Aug 20 '12 at 6:41
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Wine is not really any more intensive that a normal application, unless there is some memory leak bottleneck in the application you are running.

I don't have any arbitrary numbers for you, but in my experience, Wine is very light (in recent versions) in terms of CPU and memory usage, which is largely due to the fact that Wine is a compatibility layer and not an emulator. What this means then is that applications running on Wine don't need any kind of "translation" or emulation unless of course you are running a Direct 3D game (Direct 3D calls are translated into Open GL counterparts first).

share|improve this answer
Are you sure DirectX deserves to be singled out? I mean, is the situation different than for any other Win API - in the end, what wine does is translating Win API calls to access filesystem, draw a window, play a sound etc. into their counterparts in Linux. – Sergey Aug 19 '12 at 23:04
@Sergey: yes and no. The way it works with Direct X is different, as it's not just a matter of touching two ends, so to speak. – RolandiXor Aug 19 '12 at 23:05
DirectX needs to be translated into more than just OpenGL though, since DirectX is more than Direct3D. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 19 '12 at 23:33
@IgnacioVazquez-Abrams: oh yeah my mistake. – RolandiXor Aug 19 '12 at 23:37

I suggest you give uGet a try. -

WINE is not as resource intensive as you might think but it would certainly be more intensive than running a native app as you will be running two different applications essentially, WINE & Orbit.

uGet is a very powerful yet light in resources native Linux & Ubuntu download manager. uGet also will integrate into Firefox and Chrome making it faster and easier to use.

Disclaimer: I am on the project team for uGet, so might be a bit biased.

share|improve this answer
UGet seems good, just one gripe... the icon looks horrible in unity on a dark theme! too big! but I'll give it a try. – Hailwood Aug 20 '12 at 9:50
Yea I agree about the would look much MUCH better with the monochrome look in the panel which I have made the icons. I am working with the developer now to add it to the next update. New Icon Preview: link – Michael Tunnell Aug 21 '12 at 7:33

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.