Napster "Standard" Re: Uncle Dave ponders the meaning of namespaces

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From: Gordon Mohr (
Date: Fri Aug 11 2000 - 11:51:46 PDT

Dave Winer writes:
> Dan, I didn't say it had anything to do with
> But since you asked, it has a little to do with
> And everything to do with the communication protocol they define, which is
> rapidly becoming a standard of serious weight.
> We started a project two weeks ago to get the unnamed Napster protocol
> running in our environment, alongside SOAP, XML-RPC, COM, Apple Events.
> Since we got involved, you'd be amazed how many other people say "We're
> doing it too!"
> It's a general purpose distributed computing protocol.
> Not HTTP and not XML.

Are you referring to this protocol:$15

What are the other general-purpose distributed computing projects,
besides the Napster file-sharing model, that have found this
protocol useful?

Earlier, you mentioned "lots of servers deployed doing cool
stuff" with this protocol. Are these anywhere I can try them
out? Do I use the official Napster client or something else?

- Gordon

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