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NewsForge: LimeWire: Open Source Brings Commercial Success

Jul 11, 2005, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Virijevich)

"LimeWire, the popular cross-platform P2P client for the Gnutella network, has been growing in popularity thanks to its promise that it contains no adware or spyware--a fact anyone can verify because the application's source code is open.

"The first client for the decentralized peer-to-peer Gnutella network was released by AOL's Nullsoft division in 2001. It was quickly withdrawn a couple of days later when AOL realized that it could be used to facilitate piracy. That did not stop others from reverse-engineering Nullsoft's client and releasing their own commercial and open source versions with added features. It was not long before a number of clients, such as LimeWire, BearShare, Shareaza, Gnucleus, and others, were unleashed upon the world..."

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