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BitTorrent or derivative was the overall winner of the poll.
BitTorrent is a P2P system that makes transferring large files (or groups of files) amongst a large group of people easy, fast and efficient. The BitTorrent network is set up in a way that is a little different than a normal P2P network. With this network, you really don't do any searching for files that the other users have using the client as you would with traditional clients like Kazaa. Rather, you go to websites that have lists of recently released files.
Newsgroups was a close second place. Due to limitations of posting to newsgroups more work is involved. Files need to be encoded (converted to text message) and uploaded to usenet newsgroups and also downloaded and decoded (converted back to original file).
Lime Wire came in third. LimeWire is a Gnutella based P2P network allows you to search for multiple files at the same time, multi language support, and is most famous for its ease-of-use and cross-platform compatibility. LimeWire will run on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and other operating systems. Features no adware or spyware, allows for firewall-to-firewall transfers and proxy support
More information on filesharing can be found at the following links at BBR's »Filesharing Software and »File Sharing FAQ .
Another recommended source is : »www.slyck.com/index.php
This FAQ entry written & submitted by khc987
Note: Links verified as of 08-19-05