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What people want?
According to download statistics at SourceForge people have a built-in, irresistible desire to share files. Don’t believe me? Look at the list of top downloads for the past 7 days. On December 22, 2003, it looked like this:

Rank

Project Name
 

Downloads

Last Rank

Change   

  1

eMule

1213564   

1   

Same   

  2

BitTorrent

340263   

2   

Same   

  3

DC++

218712   

3   

Same   

  4

Azureus - BitTorrent Client

131230   

6   

Up 2   

  5

eMule Plus

103294   

4   

Down 1   

  6

VirtualDub

100261   

5   

Down 1   

  7

CDex

83987   

7   

Same   

  8

Webmin

65633   

9   

Up 1   

  9

Gordian Knot

64971   

8   

Down 1   

  10

guliverkli

45325   

11   

Up 1   

Top 5 entries, eMule, BitTorrent, DC++, Azureus and eMule Plus are file-sharing applications. Then we have 4 apps whose purpose is mainly creating files to share. CDex rips music CDs and converts them to MP3 files that we so love to share. Gordian Knot converts movie DVDs to more easily shareable files in mpeg4 format (using xvid or divx encoders). VirtualDub is a video editing app but its required by Gordian Knot and mostly used as part of aforementioned encoding process. Also guliverkli is a set of apps to help in movie encoding process.

The only lone, non-sharing-related, ranger is Webmin.