FirstWire, the popular free LimeWire alternative, is one of the best clients that support Gnutella, a decentralized file sharing network. Although unnoticed by many, FrostWire can also handle torrent files as it comes with built in support for BitTorrent protocol. However dedicated torrent clients such as Vuze and uTorrent sued to pwn FrostWire’s BT engine which was based on legacy LimeWire technology. However the FW team announced a major change to the software recently, dubbed ‘FrostWire Torrent Joint’ – it’s aging BitTorrent engine has been replaced with a more modern version entirely powered by Azureuz technology. The new change introduces many improvements to FrostWire’s torrent file handling including support for magnet links, faster downloads and not to mention tons of bugfixes.
Following text which briefly summarizes the changes in ‘Torrent Joint’ is quoted from the FW blog:
Now FrostWire’s BitTorrent engine has been entirely replaced and features all the power of a lightweight version of the Azureus BitTorrent Core under the hood.
Not only all the prior issues our users reported with torrents are gone, but downloading torrents with FrostWire is faster than ever. Torrent Bootstrapping has also significantly improved and in some cases the average download speeds are even 3x faster than with our previous torrent technology.
For a detailed list of changes you can read the full blog post from here.
It would be interesting to see how the changes will affect FrostWire’s standing in allowed clients lists on private torrent trackers. Right now, there aren’t many private torrent sites that allow FrostWire on their sites. The move to Azureuz core might change things as Azureuz/Vuze is a widely accepted client on most sites.
To clear up any confusion, FW Torrent Join can not only handle torrents but it retains support for Gnetella network connectivity as well. If you want a client with decent support for both Gnutella and BT, check FrostWire out.
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