nobody reads this thread anymore anyways probably, but
I used to use bittornado on my no-X 1996 IBM computer with many torrents quite fine in 2005, but then got banned for cheating because I gave too many parameters I didn't understand, like superseed, chunk size, when launching launchmany.py, as I was always seeding many torrents for various trackers and wanted to minimize computer resource usage and avoid getting a letter from Rogers, my ISP while remaining useful.
This year is a different version of bittornado and debian and I'm not messing with parameters to be on the safe side, but now bittornado can handle only a few files. Any more and it starts thrashing the harddrive like crazy, and CPU usage is much higher than before for many files, was 20% for 10 torrents, now 78% for 3 torrents.
If anybody can explain or suggest a better CLI client....
dual processor Pentium Pro 200MHz, made in england case and all trimmings, 64MB ECC SDRAM, 2G swap, 40G 2MB cache 5400 HDD.