Freenet 0.7.5 Build 1450

3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 (33 votes)

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Windows 7/8/Vista/XP / Freeware / 4,124 downloads

Freenet is a large-scale peer-to-peer network which pools the power of member computers around the world to create a massive virtual information store, much like a global hard drive. The network is built first and foremost with anonymity in mind. Communications by the nodes are encrypted and are "routed-through" other nodes to make it more difficult to determine who is requesting the information and what its content is. Users contribute to the network by giving bandwidth and a portion of their hard drive for storing files. Unlike other peer-to-peer file sharing networks, this does not let the user control what is stored in the data store. Instead, files are kept or deleted depending on how popular they are, with the least popular being discarded to make way for newer or more popular content. Files in the data store are encrypted to reduce the likelihood of prosecution by persons wishing to censor Freenet content.

Reviews of Freenet

  1. 2 out of 5 stars
    Qlib

    Reviewing 0.7.5 Build 1450 (Jul 28, 2013)

    My problem is that even tho all these projects like this and the onionrouter and such, they do increase anonymity a lot, but it's so incredibly slow due to the distributed nature of how it works and the fact that most people do not have fully symmetric gigabit connections at home (and even if they did, the connections between the various ISP's nets and the rest of the internet still suck) that unless are you are using it for something illegal like child porn, most people will not bother because it's like being back in 1995...which was.. ugh..

  2. 5 out of 5 stars
    gorfian

    Reviewing 0.5.2.8 (Aug 9, 2005)

    Freenet does what it's supposed to do very well, but aside from everything else, it's still in development. I always get the most recent freenet.jar and seednodes.ref from the freentproject.org site, without current files it might not work at all.

  3. 1 out of 5 stars
    adakjake

    Reviewing 0.5.2.1 (Jul 21, 2003)

    This program is the absolute unhyperdrive. What good is information access at a snail's pace!

  4. 2 out of 5 stars
    glemb

    Reviewing 0.5.2.1 (Jul 20, 2003)

    Only for advanced users. For now, all of us (standard dudes) must wait for an easier and better interface FreeNet client...

  5. 1 out of 5 stars
    tannman1

    Reviewing 0.5.2.1 (Jul 20, 2003)

    1. Slow, real slooow. Even with broadband you can clean yer house and cook and eat and it still is in process of loading.

    2. I am all for freedom but this looks like a place that is not interested in just p2p sharing but more like a place for pediphiles and such.Allowing content of that nature is in poor taste even to me.

    I removed it for not having any positive attributes as well as it's failure to provide any reason not to use current applicatons that do the job better and are more efficient using existing format. (whats so great about this that emule can't do better?)

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