Yes, I mean direct download. (well, "direct" via a local mirror.)
I'm not really familiar with torrent downloads, I have never used a torrent download.
I don't think torrent downloading suits me - my vague understanding is that to participate in a torrrent, I need to be simultaneously uploading and downloading (?), and it is good behaviour to leave a torrent connection running long after I have completed my download, so my connection is used by others. (Please correct me if I'm wrong, it's all new to me.)
I can't really do that, the satellite connection is quite expensive and has quite small upload/download limits; also I am on solar power so I can't leave the computer running when I'm not using it, it used too much electricity.
I wonder if the download mirrors are slow, if the whole world is busily downloading the recently released Mint 7 KDE??