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MLDonkey is a multi-platform multi-networks peer-to-peer client. Originally, it was the first open-source client to access the eDonkey network . Currently, with eDonkey , it supports several large networks, such as Overnet , Bittorrent , Gnutella (Bearshare, Limewire,etc), Gnutella2 (Shareaza), Fasttrack (Kazaa), Soulseek (beta), Direct-Connect (alpha), and Opennap (alpha).

Networks can be enabled/disabled, searches are performed in parallel on all enabled networks, but each file is only downloaded from one network (wait for next release !), but from multiple clients concurrently. MLDonkey has come a long way. It used to be a program that only worked well on Linux. But lately, alot of development has been going on and now it's available for Windows and Mac.

MLDonkey is a multi-platform multi-networks peer-to-peer client. Originally, it was the first open-source client to access the eDonkey network . The protocol was reverse-engeneered using an efficient protocol sniffer, Pandora.

Currently, with eDonkey it supports several large networks, such as Overnet, Bittorrent, Gnutella (Bearshare, Limewire,etc), Gnutella2 (Shareaza), Fasttrack (Kazaa, Imesh, Grobster), Soulseek (beta), Direct-Connect (alpha) and Opennap (alpha). Networks can be enabled/disabled, searches are performed in parallel on all enabled networks, but each file is only downloaded from one network (wait for next release) but from multiple clients concurrently.

MLDonkey runs as a daemon on the computer. It can be controlled using several interfaces: the simplest one is telnet (telnet 127.0.0.1 4000), a more interesting one is a WEB server (http://127.0.0.1:4080/), and a binary protocol allows access using more elaborate Graphical Interfaces (see the GUIs available on your system at the bottom of the page). MLdonkey comes by default with a GTK interface. All these interfaces can be used locally, or remotely (after disabling security restrictions).

Some of the MLDonkey features include:

  • 100% OpenSource, GPL license
  • Runs on Linux, Unix, MacOSX, MorphOS and Windows
  • Core and Guis are separated or linked.
  • written in ObjectiveCaml, with some C and even some Assembler parts.
  • OtherNetworksSupported, using separate executables
  • Built to run as daemon for days, weeks, ever…

Some of the MLDonkey requirements are:

  • Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
  • Windows .NET Framework Ver 2.
  • At least 3MB of free hard drive space
  • An active internet connection

 

Review by Jared Moya

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