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Washington Post: Gnutella-Based Engine Finds Way to Internet

Jun 08, 2000, 21:50 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ariana Eunjung Cha)

"A group of open-source developers quietly posted on the Internet last week a bare-bones search engine based on the technology behind the controversial software tool Gnutella, which lets users bypass central computing authorities and trade files directly among themselves."

"So far, the search program is limited to five sites. It often becomes hung up. It sometimes crashes. It's so shaky that one of the main links on its site is "examples." But some computer experts who have examined the technology believe that it could someday supplement or even threaten the Yahoos and Googles of the world."

"The new search technology makes traditional engines appear antiquated because it has the potential to scan every machine on a network, creating a snapshot of the system as it exists that moment, and display any type of file in response to searches. It could, for instance, show maps in response to queries about directions or the value of variables in a pair of quadratic equations."

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