P2P file sharing involves downloading files from other users computers (as opposed to a central server) and then giving away a little bit of your bandwidth to other people who may be wanting the file you just downloaded or some other file being shared by you. I am sure you are well versed with the concept.
You might have also used Limewire or its cousin Frostwire, both of which are excellent. So now how about the proposition of being able to achieve p2p file sharing from the browser? Developed by the co-creator of Limewire, LittleShoot allows you to do just that – search, publish and download files via p2p networks from within your browser.
You first have to download and install a browser plugin. Hence forward, whenever you feel a tickle to hop on a p2p network, just point your browser to Littleshoot.org. Once there you can search and download, or share one of the files on your computer with the rest of the world.
Littleshoot allows you to search for videos, audio, images, apps and documents across the Littleshoot network, Limewire network, Flickr, Youtube and Yahoo. So you can expect some pretty good results. It provides a safe search option and other options including source and category. It can also be tweaked to get to what you are really looking for.
Once the hunt is over and you find what you were looking for, just click to download and save the file to your computer. By default, LittleShoot uses the
- OS X: /Users/your_user_name/shared/downloads
- Windows: c:/Users/your_user_name/shared/downloads or C:/Document and Settings/Username/shared/downloads.
- Linux: ~/shared/downloads
directories to store the files.
Littleshoot optimally chooses the sources which are nearer to you or perhaps even on the ISP to give some additional boost in download speeds.
You can also publish (or share) files with the world from within your browser. You do not need to upload the file anywhere. Hit the browse button and browse to the file you want to share. That’s it. It would start appearing in people’s searches soon, from where they can start downloading the file directly from your computer. As more and more people get the copy of the file you are sharing, your bandwidth is also preserved and their downloads will be faster.
Littleshoot gives you total control over published files. You can edit, open or remove them any time by moving over to the publish tab and choosing the appropriate action.
Although LittleShoot is web based, if you check out the processes tab in the task manager you will see a “LittleShoot.exe”. This is the process that manages the connection and bandwidth. Although not so lean on resource utilization, it’s still better than running a fully fledged client solely for this purpose.
If you’re interested to know more about the technology behind Littleshoot, there is lots of information on the LittleShoot website (once there, click on ‘Technology’ in the ‘About’ tab). LittleShoot claims to be Open Platform, Open Source and Open Data. You can access the source code, learn about the protocols employed and much more.
So how do you like the concept of Littleshoot? Prefer something else for P2P file sharing? Let us know in the comments.
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