Although web browsers come with a download manager of their own but most users find they’re to be too simple. And if you usually deal with a lot of downloads and want additional control over your them then you’ll have to install a dedicated download manager anyway.
If you use Ubuntu and looking for a quite simple, easy to use download manager, then uGet is a pretty cool little utility. Not only in Ubuntu Linux it also supports the MS Windows as well.
*. Really simple GUI that’s pretty ease to getting used to.
*. Pause & Resume downloads (the hosting server should also support this feature otherwise it’s pretty much useless and there’s nothing the app itself can do about it).
*. Add/Remove categories.
*. Status bars for downloading files.
*. Automatic URL fetching from your clipboard + few additional settings management.
*. Shut-down computer when downloads complete.
*. Play sounds and notification messages.
*. Run in the system notification area & run on system startup.
*. Save/Load files into the list.
*. Site logins support.
*. Use proxy servers.
You can install uGet in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your command-line window.
sudo apt-get install uget
I dunno how it’s with other web browsers but if you use Firefox and want uGet to replace the built in utility then you’ll have to install an add-on called Flashgot. OR, as a quick fix whenever you want to download something in Firefox, just right click on the file and from the menu choose “Copy Link Location” and should open up uGet.
But remember, as said, this is a pretty simple utility and sadly you won’t be able do things like download Flash content like with some other apps.