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LimeWire Breaks Vow of Silence
February 28, 2007
Thomas Mennecke
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The crew over at LimeWire have been quiet since the music industry sued this staple of the file-sharing community in August of 2006. Since the demise of BearShare and many others, LimeWire remains one of the few viable commercial file-sharing entities remaining in the United States, with the exception of BitTorrent, Inc. Like BitTorrent, LimeWire is both free and open source.

LimeWire's stealth mode and self-imposed radio silence was broken today with the publication of a new blog post addressing compatibility issues with Vista. The last blog post was on November 11, 2006.

In those nearly 3 months, LimeWire has been hashing out some serious issues with Microsoft Vista. Although the relationship between the two wouldn't be classified as outright incompatibity, the problems were serious enough to have made the LimeWire/Vista experience very unpleasant.

The folks over at LimeWire classified several problems, and the steps taken to resolve them.

Vista beta testers discovered that LimeWire caused the "Aero interface to disable its 3D effects". The problem was tracked down to the Java Runtime Environment, which was initially resolved with Sun Microsystems updating their JRE. However, in a series of bad coincidences, Microsoft updated Vista to make the Operating System believe it was running on XP. This still caused problems with the Aero interface. After a few workarounds and counter-workarounds, Microsoft dropped their update and the original Sun Microsystem's update that initially worked was kept as the final resolution.

A relatively simple problem revolved around LimeWire's inability to communicate to Vista which operating system it was running on. Because of this lack of communication, LimeWire believed it was running on Windows 98. Considering the level of networking support progress that's made between Windows 98 and XP SP2, the performance of LimeWire suffered. Yet a quick recoding of LimeWire resolved this issue.

Two other issues confronted were the imminent array of bugs, some of which caused LimeWire to consume almost half of all system resources. Another serious issue arose when users would run McAfee Firewall and then start LimeWire. Inexplicably, the network connection would then vanish; "Not Good!" the LimeWire blog exclaimed.

There are still remaining issues to be worked out, especially the latter two. But LimeWire is still working continuously on improving their popular client, and indeed are still alive despite reports to the contrary - all while fighting off the music industry's lawsuit.

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