LimeWire is a Java-based Gnutella client that is available in an easy-to-use installer. LimeWire claims to be the first Gnutella client to totally block website and web browser access, allowing access only to those who are sharing files on the network (preventing "lurkers" from hogging resources without giving something back).
While LimeWire is free, there is also a "Pro" version available which which has no ads, no bundled software, and 1 year of free updates for $34.95.
Version 5.5 added a whole slew of additional refinements compared to version 5.4, including the following:
Version 5.5.10 makes the following additional changes:
Limewire 5 is only available for Mac OS X 10.5 and later, and power users may find version 5's new interface a little too basic, so version 4.18.8 remains available, positioned as "LimeWire Classic."
"This (1.4) is the first version of LimeWire that has been stable enough for me to actually search for and download files. That being said, it is STILL very crash-prone. If the developers can improve its stability, it will become one of my favorite file-sharing applications."
"This program likes to crash a lot. I don't have much experience with freeware, but it was too much to take. When it worked it was great."
"I have not so much experienced crashes, but when it manages to get more than 1 file per day, that is a great day. It definitely runs a list of queued DLs and retries every 5 minutes, but to no avail . . . ."
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