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Use Gnotella to search Gnutella
Gnotella has existed for a while and has been downloaded more than 1 million times from Download.com. But this new version adds a ton of neat stuff that we haven't seen from other programs, possibly making Gnotella the premiere file-sharing app on the Internet today. Like LimeWire and BearShare, Gnotella is a client that searches the ever-growing Gnutella network, which is an open source effort that many are flocking to in the wake of the recording industry's neutering of Napster. Whether you're looking for music, books, or movies, Gnotella will help you get your fix in style and give you access to a whole new bag of file-sharing tricks. Download it right away.

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Follow these simple steps
Step one
Download and install the Gnotella client for Windows (sorry Mac heads and Linux lovers, no soup for you). Concur with all of the agreements (unless you don't) and specify your connection speed and firewall status correctly.

Step two
Run the program. It will start by checking the default or selected host list server to find the IP addresses of hosts on the Gnutella network. Then, it will connect your computer to the network via a few of those hosts.

Step three
Hit Setup › Shared Files. Add the folders containing content that you wish to provide to other people on the Gnutella network. Go to the Downloads tab and specify the folder where you want downloads to go. We suggest making this a folder on your desktop, so that you can get to your newest downloads easily.

Step four
Poke around with other settings if you want, but otherwise, you're ready to start searching the network. Click the Find button, specify what you're looking for, and off you go. Select the files that you want to download by clicking them and hitting the Download button. Select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl key.

General tips:
  • Go to your Windows Start Menu and click Start › Programs › Gnotella › Gnotella Webserver Stats. You'll get a nice, pretty graph of your usage summary, listing how many pages, files, hits, visits, sites, and kilobytes have run through your Gnotella host.
  • Gnotella supports skins. To give the program a fresh look, download a new skin from the online collection to C:\Program Files\Gnotella\skins. Then, in Gnotella, go to Setup › Appearance and click the new skin in the box to the right.
  • Advanced tips:
    Host window: Lets you see which hosts you're directly connected to, their ISPs, bandwidths, uptimes, speeds, number of shared megabytes, and more. In the drop-down menu at the top, you can select a different initial host list server. (Three alternates are included, but you can easily add your own to connect to when the program starts up. This factor could be important when certain organizations try to shut down certain host lists.)

    Right-click a host to get a list of functions.

  • If you choose View Selected Website, your browser will connect to a Web page listing all of the files offered by that host. This is similar to the Hot List function in Napster. From there, you can download the host's files through your Web browser.
  • From here, you can ban a host based on their IP address, but remember that many ISPs assign the same user a different IP address for each session, so you might be able to block that person for only the duration of their current session.
  • You can also disconnect from that host or the network entirely, or you can disconnect from people who are not offering any files for upload (hit Disconnect Freeloaders).
  • Up window: Shows what you're uploading. You can set a maximum number of uploads to manage traffic, or you can abort transfers. Right-click a file here if you want to block someone's IP address.

    Down window: Shows what you're downloading. If you have a fast (DSL/ISDN/T1) connection, you should set your maximum number of downloads at a higher number than the default. We recommend setting it at six or so--if you set it too high, you'll end up with lots of incomplete downloads. Click the Auto-Retry button if you want your client to be more aggressive in chasing down files. You can see the ISP of the hosts in the left column, with a neat icon and everything.

    Right-click a file to get a list of functions.

  • Select Find More Hosts to run another search automatically for the file that you've right-clicked.
  • Select View Selected Website to see a Web page with all of the files offered by that host.
  • Find window: Allows searching and viewing of results. Click the Gnutella Spy button to view other users' searches on your system. To avoid returning fragments of files in your search, specify a minimum file size (in bytes--2,048,000 for a two-minute MP3, for instance) in the box at the top. Right-click the files for more options.

    Statistics: Just what it sounds like. The Gnutella network is fairly open, which lets people see all sorts of information about how it's running. This is all well and good when those people are curious users, but it gets a little more frightening when you consider that representatives from the RIAA could be trawling through your files looking for the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, which is illegal even if you're not charging anyone for it. For now, you're fairly safe in offering all content besides child pornography or terrorist plans.


     
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