FrostWire for File Traders

By Jon Newton 10/02/05

Following the Grokster v MGM Supreme Court decision, LimeWire founder Mark Gorton decided to modify the famous LimeWire p2p application so it won’t share audio files unless the files are licensed.

But there's now a community driven project based on source code released by LimeWire LLC which aims to "create and maintain a Gnutella client according to the open standards of an international community".

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LimeWire is, however, a registered trademark, meaning the team can't distribute the client under its old name.

Enter FrostWire, and now its creators are looking for innovative p2p fans who'd like to get involved.

They're also trying to get more people working on the Java core, the interface and the C++ windows installer, based on GnucDNA and NSIS.

"Preliminary FrostWire versions will be available in mid-October and the full project, including the website, by December 2005, says FrostWire.

Adding that the developers are trying to maintain good relations to the LimeWire project, "The FrostWire team (all of whom are still members of the LimeWire open-source community) regrets LimeWire's decision to start filtering content on Gnutella," says the site.

"However, we will continue supporting LimeWire development and do not wish to make fundamental changes to the LimeWire core itself. FrostWire will not break with LimeWire's design philosophy."

To ensure FrostWire "successfully continues LimeWire's legacy as the most sophisticated Gnutella client,” the team needs a lot of help, including cool skins and catchy logos and themes.

So if any or all of the above grabs you, don’t hesitate.



Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.


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