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MP3.com: Gnullsoft's Gnews: Open-Source Napster!

Mar 15, 2000, 07:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Reece)

"Nullsoft programmers, operating under the moniker Gnullsoft, have released a new open-source Napster-esque program that's bound to aggravate an already tense situation in the music industry."

"Gnutella (a name that sounds like that of a fudgey breakfast spread favored by Europeans) will be licensed under the open-source GNU GPL license and claims a host of new features that may cause as many problems for the industry as it solves for users. Other open-source Napster-related projects include gnome-napster and gnap."

"Unlike Napster, Gnutella doesn't require central servers, so there's no tracking of any file sharing going on through the program. Rather, the program relies on client-to-client communication. A song file query goes from one client to the next, creating a tree. Each client reports back to the individual making the query it there are any matches against the song search."

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