Cocognut free release confirmedBy Chris Williams. Published: 31st May 2005, 17:50:26 | Permalink | Printable
Paying punters get their hands on new version firstMarc Warne has confirmed that his peer to peer filesharing software will be freely released later this week. The commercial RISC OS Gnutella network client, Cocognut, will be "available to all, with technical support and good karma provided to those who decide to donate money", according to Marc.
Users who have previously paid for the software today received a substantial update, which included ultrapeer support, firewall detection, and various other bug fixes and improvements. It's expected that the free version will be up for download some time after a few days, once Marc's collected suitable feedback from paying punters.
In February, earlier this year, Marc first openly considered releasing his software for free, which started life as a final year university project.
Marc told his customers this afternoon, "I am extremely thankful to all who have already bought and supported CocoGnut as its development would probably not have possible without your support. Those who have already paid will naturally continue to have free technical support."
The developer also told us that he intends to spend donations on RISC OS related kit, which Marc says "keeps the money in the RISC OS market", or send it to charities. Cocognut was first released in 2003, and allows users to search for media and other types of files distributed via the Gnutella filesharing network, and download and upload content. The Gnutella network is a 'decentralised' system, as it has no central organisation for authorities to shut down as part of their ongoing battle against copyright violations.
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