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'Unauthorized' Napster-Clone Gnutella taken down by AOL

By Philipp in News
Thu Mar 16, 2000 at 01:23:07 PM EST
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Some of you might have followed yesterday's announcement on Slashdot of a clone of the mp3-sharing program Napster. Napster has been banned at universities nation wide, with the notable exception of my school. The clone called Gnutella was devoloped by a subsidiary of AOL, of all places. The story took a strange turn today: AOL calls it an unauthorized freelance project and shut down the web site, as Wired reports. Update [2000-3-16 15:44:6 by rusty]: tnt was kind enough to point out that the website is available elsewhere. It's still closed source, and it's still an .exe. But if you happen have a legacy system around that can run Windows executables, try it out! ;-)


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'Unauthorized' Napster-Clone Gnutella taken down by AOL | 3 comments (3 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Gnuzilla != Gnutella, btw! ... (none / 0) (#2)
by hattig on Thu Mar 16, 2000 at 05:09:49 AM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

Gnuzilla != Gnutella, btw!

Well, I bet they wished they had posted the source earlier now. Like anybody couldn't see this happening!

well, I sort of care... Looks like ... (none / 0) (#1)
by rongen on Thu Mar 16, 2000 at 05:34:45 AM EST

rongen voted 0 on this story.

well, I sort of care... Looks like the slashdot comments and the wired article (although less effectively) point out that there are already many alternatives to Napster, including the server stuff. The AOL twist is interesting but if these guys really wanted to get Gnutella out there (where did "Gnuzilla" come from) they could have made it open source (they were planning to release the source eventually, just not right away). Who thinks they will lose thier jobs?
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GNUTELLA is Still Alive (none / 0) (#3)
by tnt on Thu Mar 16, 2000 at 03:27:19 PM EST

The project seems to be still alive. The website moved to here.

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