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-WireShark (aka Ethereal)
+Wireshark (aka Ethereal) is a free packet sniffer computer application. It is
+used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications
+protocol development, and education. In June 2006 the project was
+renamed from Ethereal due to trademark issues.
-Same developers, same code, different name. The Ethereal network protocol
-analyzer has changed its name to Wireshark.
+The functionality Wireshark provides is very similar to tcpdump, but it has
+a graphical front-end, and many more information sorting and filtering
+options. It allows the user to see all traffic being passed over the network
+(usually an Ethernet network but support is being added for others) by
+putting the network interface into promiscuous mode.
-Wireshark's powerful features make it the tool of choice for network
-troubleshooting, protocol development, and education worldwide.
-Wireshark was written by an international group of networking experts, and is
-an example of the power of open source. It runs on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and
-other platforms.
+Wireshark uses the cross-platform GTK+ widget toolkit. Its powerful features
+make it the tool of choice for network troubleshooting, protocol development,
+and education worldwide.