I personally prefer FTP over HTTP as well; however, I try to stay away from Torrent sites. Because yeah, you'll be watched by going on them. I don't like being watched, lol. If I want to obtain a Linux OS, I'll scour google until I find one that I like. I generally stick to filehosting sites such as Rapidshare, Hotfile, MegaUpload, etc. for finding what I need.
For uploading stuff myself, I use mediafire.