courtesy of Official Overnet ForumQ: Overnet, eDonkey, Hybrid, eMule? What's the difference?
A: It all started with eDonkey2000 a long time ago. The developers of eDonkey2000 realized that server based p2ps would eventually hit a major wall when attempting to scale to larger number of clients, so they decided to make a version that didn't need a server to connect to other users. This became Overnet.
In the meantime eMule was born. A client based on (some say stolen from) eDonkey2000. eMule became an open source project where everybody could make its on version of a client connecting to the eDonkey network.
Overnet took some time to get a reasonable user base, although it's serverless concept and improved protocol is technically superior to clients needing a server.
And because a p2p network depends largely on the amount of users, the Hybrid came to the front. This hybrid client is still called eDonkey and it can use a server to connect but also connects to the Overnet network. The best off both worlds.
So if you download your client from the mainpage you get the hybrid eDonkey. If you are interested in the Overnet concept, check www.overnet.com.
eDonkey - server based p2p developed by MetaMachine which now connects to the Overnet network which is serverless.
eMule - server based p2p based on eDonkey but development is opensource.
Hybrid - See eDonkey.
Overnet - serverless p2p developed by MetaMachine to overcome eDonkey's scalability problems.
now here's my question, who has tried the Hybrid before? is it really the best of both edonkey and overnet?