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I also suggest that you read Merit Network's AUP Merit AUP as it applies here too.
The reason that I'm bringing this up again is that a patron had downloaded Limewire and tried to install it on one of our computers.
This isn't allowed.
There are two important reasons for this: first, we don't support P2P file sharing because of the legality involved, and second, the software might not actually be Limewire but a piece of malware.
There are other reasons, it's another program that has to be maintained (thus requiring more time in regard to patching), it opens the door to malware getting on and thus threatening security, and it hogs bandwidth.
While I would love to make our systems as flexible as possible, I have to respectfully draw the line here.
Now does this mean I'm against P2P? No. I've used bittorrent and Limewire to download things like Ubuntu and OpenOffice.org, and both are perfectly stable pieces of software. But, for a public setting, it just doesn't work because of the time limits and bandwidth requirements.