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Linux in Brazil: Interview with Jasta, Gnapster's author

Feb 03, 2001, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Gnapster is probably the best alternative Napster client available for Linux. Full-featured and easy enough to use, it's certainly a recommended download. And to know what's behind this free software project, nothing is better than to ask its author in an interview. But if don't already have the software, don't forget to start the download before you read on!"

"[Q:] Do you have a personal view on the copyrights abuse normally associated with Napster? What will the future bring to this matter?

[A:] My very strong personal opinion on all of that is this: Napster helps starving artists by increasing awareness about the band/group/artist, whereas it takes money away from already overpaid trendy musicians who obviously think they deserve the money they make for their pop crap (sorry to offend anyone who likes pop, but it sucks ;)"

"[Q:] ...I like many features of Gnapster not found on the others. But of course there are features found on the other clients that Gnapster doesn't offer. Do you intend to keep adding these features, so as to make Gnapster a full-featured, all-in-one napster client...?

[A:] Most of Gnapster's features are spawned from direct input from my users and features that I find to be useful for me personally. I rarely ever try to mirror other clients in hopes to "compete". I feel that the best thing about open source software is that every author can put his own personal style into the program, and the users can then choose which they think is the most appealing, easy to use, and most importantly stable."

"[Q:] Is there enough documentation (official or otherwise) available about the Napster protocol? Did you have to guess many things?

[A:] When I first started, there was literally no information available, however, the opennap team have put together an excellent description of all known numerics and protocol specs. The document can be found at the opennap page (opennap.sourceforge.net)."

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