Re: Fwd: Napster hack allows free distribution of software, movies

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From: Jeff Bone (
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 15:40:51 PST

There's been some discussion of the FreeNet effort over on the Rebol list
(which I subscribe to for a totally unknown reason. ;-) Anybody have a closer
involvement with this thing?


Eugene Leitl wrote:

> Adam L. Beberg writes:
> > > Of course, then you could go meta-evil on me and build the the
> > > community of ****ster communities.
> >
> > That would require something, anonymous, portable, highly decentralized,
> > with an open API... Hmmmm... Nah, I already have plans for tommorow...
> > *grin*
> What is Freenet?
> Freenet is a peer-to-peer network designed to allow the distribution
> of information over the Internet in an efficient manner, without fear
> of censorship. Freenet is completely decentralized, meaning that there
> is no person, computer, or organisation in control of Freenet or
> essential to its operation. This means that Freenet cannot be attacked
> like centralized peer-to-peer systems such as Napster. Freenet also
> employs intelligent routing and caching meaning that it learns to
> route requests more efficiently, automatically mirrors popular data,
> makes network flooding almost impossible, and moves data to where it
> is in greatest demand. All of this makes it much more efficient and
> scalable than systems such as Gnutella. To become a part of Freenet
> all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and the
> capability to run a Freenet server. We are currently developing a Java
> server which we have been testing over the past few weeks, but which
> is not yet release quality. You can download a snapshot of the latest
> code from the menu on the left.

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