Cocognut freely available finallyBy Chris Williams. Published: 27th Jun 2005, 21:16:51 | Permalink | Printable
Don't tell the US Supreme Court [Updated]As promised last month, file sharing application Cocognut is now available for free from developer Marc Warne's website. The previously commercial title is a RISC OS Gnutella network client that allows users to search for content and swap files over the Internet.
The version made available, sans source code, is 1.21, which includes a few bug fixes over the previous 1.20 release.
Marc is accepting cash donations from users of his software, which started life as a final year University project, for which he will offer technical support in return - existing paying customers are already entitled to support, according to Marc. Thanking punters who have already paid for allowing development of Cocognut to be possible, he said, "All donations will go towards other RISC OS products or to charities, particularly pro-peer-to-peer ones. Priority technical support, along with some good karma, will be provided to those who donate."
Today's Cocognut news comes on the same day that the Supreme Court in the US ruled against peer to peer file sharing networks, allowing film and music industries to sue file sharing software makers for copyright infringements committed by their users. Services such as Grokster are apparently in hot water as they tout their application specifically as a tool to download films and music for free. It's hoped other file sharing methods, such as Bit Torrent, will be spared as they're generally aimed at users who wish to download large files, such as Linux distribution ISO images.
Update at 01:51 11/11/07
Anyone downloading Cocognut from Marc's website now may find the client cannot connect to the Gnutella network. Users who struggle to connect and search for files should try replacing the
!Cocognut.Resources.GWebCaches file inside the application with this latest list. Make a backup of your Cocognut installation first.
Cocognut website - now with a Donate-O-Meter
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