Has anyone heard about Frostwire ? FrostWire is basically a peer-to-peer file sharing program for the gnutella and BitTorrent protocols. FrostWire is written in Java, and is a fork of LimeWire, another popular gnutella client from which it was originally born. You can download forstwire for mac and download frostwire for windows here. They also released frostwire 4.21.1 for android.
The project was started in September 2004 by members of the LimeWire open source community after LimeWire’s distributor considered adding “blocking” code in response to RIAA pressure. The RIAA threatened legal action against several peer-to-peer developers including LimeWire as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd..
The second beta release of FrostWire was available in the fall of 2005.
Like LimeWire, FrostWire is written in Java, and is therefore capable of supporting multiple platforms.
While LimeWire is available in both free and paid versions, FrostWire is released only as a free version, the Windows version of which comes bundled with the Bing.com toolbar (which can be avoided by choosing to not agree with its licence terms). FrostWire includes much of the functionality of LimeWire’s free version, as well as a few of LimeWire Pro’s payment based upgrades.
FrostWire provides an online chatroom, which is absent in LimeWire. However, LimeWire includes an instant messenger using the XMPP protocol and allows the user to share with individual friends in the messenger which is a feature not found in FrostWire. Starting from version 188.8.131.52, the chatroom feature displays advertising to help pay for the required servers.
Connections are encrypted with TLS by default unless it is disabled in the preferences.
FrostWire’s BitTorrent engine is powered by Azureus technology starting from version 4.20.1 (February 2010). Prior to this, BitTorrent support was provided by a simplified BitTorrent engine created by LimeWire.
Download link : http://www.frostwire.com/download/?os=windows
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