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O'Reilly Network: Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Directory

Oct 28, 2000, 12:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Sims)

"In putting together this directory of companies in the peer-to-peer space, the editors at the O'Reilly Network spent some time debating whether many of them were truly peer-to-peer. Having ridden the Internet buzzword train for many years, we've watched as companies spin to re-label themselves: Netcos became Push companies, became B2B companies, became Open Source companies, and now, many are redefining themselves as peer-to-peer companies."

"Tim O'Reilly, who got dragged into this discussion when he walked past my desk, says he sees at least three types of projects working in this peer-to-peer space:

  • Instant messaging apps, and in these he includes not only true IM projects like Jabber, but some file sharing services: "Napster is really just instant messaging where the question isn't 'Are you there?' but 'Do you have this file?'"
  • Workgroups, where individuals can collaborate over the Net on a joint project, and
  • Distributed computing."

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