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Richard Stallman: Regarding Gnutella

May 25, 2000, 00:31 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Gnutella" is not actually GNU software , and we cannot be sure it is actually free software. In fact, it is extremely difficult to find information about the program at all. Perhaps the original developers picked the name because they wanted it to be GNU software someday, but their employers stamped out the project, and it does not seem to have been released as free software. There are a number of free software programs under development that are designed to use the same protocol as Gnutella. gtk-gnutella is one. GNUT is another. Neither of these programs is officially GNU software either."

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