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Advogato: Advogato's Number: Peer to Peer

Oct 15, 2000, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 News."

"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 infoanarchy.org."

"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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