The Best File Sharing Software

File sharing and the software that makes it possible has always been popular. From the very earliest days and the cult names such as Morpheus and Kazaa and the infamous Napster network people have always looked at ways to share their files for free. Of course the legal problems that this caused is very well known and the life span of software that promotes file sharing is limited. This has always confused me because surely it would make more sense to cut out and punish ILLEGALLY sharing and downloading files rather than destroy the actual communication network. I suppose you could compare it with destroying all the roads to stop people from drink driving! Obviously this makes no sense whatsoever but when you have lots of money to throw at a "course" it's amazing how even the most stupid thing can happen. There were are are many thousands of files that people share that have no copyright restrictions and people are encouraged to share them, all perfectly legal. In fact legal file sharing is a definite growth area.

As I said above the software that allows file sharing does appear to have a relatively short life span before a major corporation or body comes along and forces them to stop doing what they are doing. With this in mind my small list of favourites will probably change at some point in the future as it did when first Morpheus, then Kazaa and lastly WinMX all stopped working.

LimeWire

LimeWire is a free and open source Gnutella peer-to-peer network client released under the GNU General Public License. The program allows users to share files using the Gnutella peer-to-peer protocol. It was the first file sharing program to support firewall-to-firewall file transfers.

LimeWire is extremely easy to use and although download speeds aren't the fastest (at least with the free version) it does work very well. For those of you who wish to live on the edge there is a spin of development by the name of FrostWire that apparently offers the same "power" as the full paid version of LimeWire although this software has currently not made it out of the Beta phase.

Ares

Ares is a free open source file sharing program that enables users to share any digital file including images, audio, video, software, documents, etc. You may now easily publish your files through the Ares decentralised network. As a member of the virtual community, you can search and download just about any file shared by other users. With Ares you can also join chat rooms or host your channel and meet new friends.

Ares doesn't appear to have as many users as LimeWire and it can take a long time to get a good connection to the network. However, once connected the download speeds are very fast and the files available do appear to be of a much higher quality. You do not have to sift through so much rubbish to get to what you are looking for.

Azureus

Azureus is a Java based BitTorrent client, with support for I2P and Tor anonymous communication protocols. It currently supports Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix. Azureus was started at Sourceforge.net mostly to experiment with the Standard Widget Toolkit from Eclipse, in June 2003. It is possibly the most popular of all BitTorrent clients.

The BitTorrent network is slightly more complicated to use than the Gnutella network that LimeWire uses and is therefore seen as possibly not for beginners. Once you do get your head around it though the results are more than worth it with files being downloaded from possibly hundreds of sources at the same time. Both speed and file choice is excellent.


File Share Download Links


LimeWire - Download it here
The easiest to use file sharing software available (no longer active)

The home of Ares software
For those who like their downloads a little faster

Azureus
The best BitTorrent client