I was looking through questions from this past week (I don’t get the chance to access this site as often as I would like), and I came across a thread entitled
and I had a question which I cannot pose because the thread is now locked.
So I’ll start my own thread and ask it!
The thread mentioned several examples of programs: Morpheus, Limewire, E-donkey, WinMX, and Kazaa.
No one mentioned the one I use, called BearShare. (Available at BearShare.com)
I don’t use it much, but I was under the impression that BearShare is just like Limewire (even though I’ve never used Limewire).
My question(s): Are all these programs roughly the same, each just using the gnutella protocall for peer-to-peer network connectivity? (Any of you actually use BearShare?)
Is there a difference in the effectiveness or ease of use of any one over the others, or one that is worse than the others?
Is there a difference in the number or type of users who use these different programs, such that particular ones have a significant larger connected-user base at any given time, or that certain types of files are more readily availble on different programs?
Consider this an inquiry into socio-network patterns and not a means of doing anything that would violate any copyrite laws.