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Gnutella is a free, open source project to create a true peer-to-peer file sharing network.  To date (February 2000), Gnutella has not achieved widespread success, due primarily to problems of scalability.

Sometimes the word 'Gnutella' refers not to a particular project or particular piece of software, but to the open protocol used by various clients.  Since new clients are under development all over, and since a new protocol is apparently on the way too, it is hard to say what the word 'Gnutella' will mostly stand for in the future.