LimeWire’s permanent shut down had long echoes in the p2p communities not necessarily because of the death of the app itself but through the consequences the court’s decision might have on the future of file-sharing as we know it.
It’s been a month since we reported the fall of the popular BitTorrent client and guess what? Miracles happen in the digital world as well – LimeWire has returned stronger than ever. According to TorrentFreak “not only has a secret dev team reanimated the hugely popular client, but they have also made a few significant changes which make it better and more streamlined than before.”
Called LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE) and derived from LimeWire 5.6 beta, the new-old app has taken the LimeWire fans by surprise and the p2p landscape by storm.
“On October 26 the remaining LimeWire developers were forced to shut down the company’s servers and modify remote settings in the filesharing client to try to harm the Gnutella network. They were then laid off,” TorrentFreak quotes source.
“Shortly after, a horde of piratical monkeys climbed aboard the abandoned ship, mended its sails, polished its cannons, and released it free to the community.”
The thing is – and RIAA will definitely love this – the version now unleashed on the Web is better than the one the organization got rid of.
“All dependencies on LimeWire LLC’s servers have been removed, all remote settings have been disabled, the Ask toolbar has been unbundled, and all features of LimeWire PRO have been activated for free,” goes the explanation.
“LimeWire Pirate Edition should work better than the last functioning version of LimeWire (5.5.10), and it should keep working for longer. There’s no adware or spyware: the piratical monkeys are doing this for the benefit of the community.”