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Gnutella revolution still pending

Written by Jari Ketola @ 29 Jan 2001 14:34

Ben Charny of ZDNet News repots on the current development stage of what many believe (and wish) to be the next Napster / Scour Exchange.
Predictions that Gnutella would quickly offer an effective file-swapping alternative to Napster have proven premature, with the technology's own developers admitting more work is needed before it will take off as a way to trade free music and other digital wares.

"Gnutella is not for mainstream users who don't understand what an IP address is," said Ric Dube of digital music industry watcher Webnoize. "Lack of speed only discourages a person once they figure out how to use it. But first they have to figure out how to use it."

While Gnutella is more or less strugling with it's development, J.C. Nicholas of GnutellaWorld said their version of Gnutella, aptly named 'Gnutella2', "is going to be one of the greatest revolutions since Linux. It will revolutionize the way we exchange information on the Internet."

How exactly Gnutella2 achieves this remains to be seen, since there are no public beta versions of Gnutella2 available to date.

Read the full article on Yahoo! News.

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