"Advogato is back, and this week he takes a look under the
current hype wave surrounding peer to peer networking (known as P2P
among the power elite), and suggests that it might be worthwhile to
free software hackers, after all."
"Unless you've been under a rock the past few months, you know
that P2P is the Next Big Thing. It's part of Intel's marketing
campaign for the P4, O'Reilly is doing summits on it, and Dave
Winer has been spending a lot of time writing about it on Scripting
"What's driving all this, of course, is the phenomenal
growth of Napster. What's more, engineers immediately see how
crappy the Napster protocols are, and obviously want to do better.
Thus, the race is on for the Napster-killer. Dozens of contenders
for this position are listed on the resources link of
"P2P is not exactly new - many of the RFC's which make up the
design of the Internet have a peer to peer flavor to them. A great
many classical Internet services are comprised of servers in a peer
network, but users accessing those servers through clients. Email,
news, and IRC fall into this category."
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