I have been running Linux for a few months now, and I am currently wondering if there is an open source download accelerator such as "Orbit" for Windows. I have read through several posts and was unable to find one stating a substitute. Any help out be great!
Tweaking the http pipelining for browsers or increasing the # of connections made per http request all tend to both speed up your browser response and overload the Internet with redundant traffic..
Like Tor, which as a concept opens multiple connections beyond the normal 4 or so that a default web browser setup would use, you will see the result if a Tor user is on the same connection as you are using, they will eat the whole bandwidth available and slow down all your data throughput..
Like you, I enjoyed Orbit when running Windows. I looked around and couldn't find much for Linux that seemed to mimic Orbit until I tried the combination of "DownThemAll" along with "Linkification" plugins for Firefox. This comes as close to Orbit as I could get. The combo works fairly well for me.