RISC OS P2P client now with upload supportBy Chris Williams. Published: 19th Sep 2003, 17:37:38 | Permalink | Printable
Share and share alike on GnutellanetCocognut, the RISC OS Gnutellanet client developed by Marc "AudioGalaxy" Warne, has reached version 1.10 this week. Cocognut was launched in April this year and brought true P2P (short for 'peer to peer') filesharing to RISC OS. P2P networking allows a large number of users to form a network of computers across the internet in order to share files over that network.
"The Gnutella network is based on the peer-to-peer organisation. In a nutshell, this means that there are no central machines on the network and anyone who joins the network becomes part of it", Marc explains in his announcement. "No-one owns the Gnutella network, which means that it cannot be shut down by hackers or government organisations, unlike networks such as the original Audiogalaxy system, where clients such as the Satellite client for RISC OS are no longer usable".
In this latest release, Cocognut now supports uploading so RISC OS users can share files online and properly contribute to the Gnutellanet network. The upload support is quite important because it means RISC OS users on Gnutellanet can send files to other users and participate fairly rather than just downloading files from everyone else, which is commonly known as 'leeching'. Other new features include the preserving of searches and downloads across sessions and various stability updates and bug fixes.
Peer to peer filesharing is quite a hot subject at the moment with the RIAA trying its best to sue Kazaa users in America for illegally trading copyrighted music. The British equivalent of the RIAA, the British Phonographic Industry, apparantly doesn't have legal action against UK file-sharers on its to-do list.
Not that we'd accuse anyone of inappropriately downloading copyrighted work, there's lots of copyleft content on P2P networks, or so the myth goes.
"Downloading their lives away" (it's NTK day, fun is permitted. Laugh.)
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