When you install this bitcoin thingy it takes like 6 GB of space from your computer. That's huge.

Why isn't there some kind of open source site that stores this info, and the client can access there when it needs to?

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    Bitcoin-qt is a "full client" which means that it need to keep all/most of the blockchain on disk. But you can also use a "light client" (SPV/web) like electrum.org or use a website like blockchain.info/wallet . I believe you can find download links to the blockchain on bitcointalk.org, but you still need to 'verify' it. – Nicolai Apr 6 '13 at 12:50

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