"If you haven't heard of Napster then you have been sitting in
form of your Linux box staring at Emacs/vi (no arguments please).
Napster is a file sharing system which can be used for pointing
users towards other users who have the file the first user was
looking for. The client that the user runs contacts the server and
sends it a list of the files available for download, when a user
does a search for a file the server searches through its database
of users and files and gives the user a list of other users the
file could be downloaded from. No files are stored on the server,
it just acts a matchmaking system. The Napster system started as a
client for Wintel systems, but the protocol was reversed engineer
and many new clients and servers have been coded, many are open
"There are plenty of Linux/BSD clients available we will
cover gnapster in detail and I will run over some of the others.
Gnapster as its name suggests is a gtk/GNOME client, clients also
exist for the console and KDE."
"Gnapster (see bottom for download information) looks very much
like the official Napster client but thats inevitable I suppose, it
has full support for all download types, refinement of search based
on bitrate/connection, able to browse a users mp3 collection, and
has a nice implementation of the chat facilities of Napster. After
you have downloaded an rpm, apt-got a deb or built from the
tarball, the configuration of gnapster is extremely simple, you can
create your account via the preferences dialog shown below."
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