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Gnutella is an open, decentralized, peer-to-peer search system that is mainly used to find files. Gnutella is neither a company nor a particular application.

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      23.05.2001 00:19
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      If you are looking for an alternative to napster this is it. Every body knows about the tapster court hearing, making them stop the illegal sharing of mp3. Recently you have of noticed that all copy righted material has been stop from being shared. The only way around this is to alter the name of the track you want, and hope you guess right. Or you could find a new server which shares mp3. Gnutella is one of the alternative servers. It is just as simple as napster to run, but has a few advantages, and disadvantages. Advantages. This allows you to do lots of searches at once. So for example you can keep up a few bands and keep down loading different song once they have finished, with out having to do another search. It also has the capability to resume down loads which is use full as on gnutella you can down load any thing from text, audio, pictures, and video, as some video files are + 200 Mbytes and with most internet provides having a 2 hour cut off it would make down loading videos impossible with out a cable connection. Disadvantages Down load times are much slower than with napster. Also you do not know whom you are downloading off. This has is advantages and disadvantages, as there is a less of a community sprit, as with napster. There is no way of playing tracks through gnutella, so you have to have an mp3 player like win amp on you pc. It also has the same features as napster like chat rooms, but I have not been able to get them to work yet. There is also a way of displaying your library, with out having to go through all the different directories. Whats the sign up like. It is very easy to sign up. There is no user name or password, need to sign up. You just have to choose what software you want to down load to run gnutella. I chose limewire as some one on this site recommended it. There are a few different one available for Mac users, Unix, windows, BeOS and multi platform user s
      ystems. There are a few available for each category above. There are a few advantages and disadvantages for each one, which is fully stated for each one on the site. You can down load gnutella form http://www.gnutella.co.uk. An you can be happy that you can still get free music.

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        06.05.2001 23:48
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        "Oh No! Napster has filtered out all copyrighted material so I can't download songs any more! Oh, woe is me!" Etc. etc. Never fear! Dukey is here! So, Napster has gone to the great file transfer in the sky. What next? Is that it for illegally sharing mp3's via Internet and computer? Well, no actually. There are other file share utilities out there – Scour and Gnutella are two that immediately spring to mind. Scour and Gnutella are what's known as peer-to-peer transfer methods. What this means (and what makes it different from Napster) is that there are no central servers to host the file transfers. "Gnutella? Don't you put that on bread?" Gnutella is a file-sharing network. As such there is no actual program called "Gnutella" but rather there are Gnutella clients that you can use. "Don't get technical with me, you nerd – what's a client?" A client is a piece of software that enables you to use some sort of networking in a manner which is dependant on the type of client you are using. If you've used mIRC or WinFTP then you'll have used a client before – they are a chat (Internet Relay Chat) client and file transfer (File Transfer Protocol) client respectively. A Gnutella client simply enables you to share information (or files) that is stored on your computer. "Sounds groovy – where can I get myself a Gnutella client?" Well, the client I use personally is Gnotella, and I found it at http://www.gnotella.com. It's currently at version 0.9.9, but there are other clients out there – BearShare, LimeWire, Furi to name but three, and there are Linux and Macintosh clients too. It's free to download and use, and there are no screens which pop up to nag you about buying or registering. It's about 2.5 MB to download, so should take that much time, especially if you're reading opinions here
        on dooyoo at the same time! If you want to use one of these other ones, then take a look at http://www.gnutelliums.com where you'll find all sorts to suit your needs. "So, I've done as you suggested and installed Gnotella. Blimey, I'm lost! Help!" Right, it's a bit confusing at first, isn't it? You've at least set it up and answered all the questions. Notice that there's no login or username/password to remember? Cool! OK, first of all you are automatically connected to the Gnutella network, provided you are online when you start the program, so no need to worry about finding the connect button. The interface seems complicated, but you don't actually need to refer to those graphs to use the program. Simply click on the "Find" button at the top of the screen. "Right. This is still confusing – what are all these options for?" OK. You're in the find screen – this is the screen where you'll be spending most of your time. First of all, unlike Napster, you can do three searches simultaneously! Second of all, you're not restricted to just mp3's - you can search for zip files, txt files, exe files as well as mpg files, wav and avi files. See the two drop down menus just to the right of the search query? That's where you set your file options and the minimum speed of connection you want to use. Unlike Napster, you only get one "box" to type in your search criteria, but you just type in the artist and track and click the "find" button. As with Napster, all the results are displayed giving additional information such as file size, connection speed etc. "Groovy! I've found what I want, now what do I do?" Simple – you highlight the required file, and hit the download button. If you click on the "Up" or "Down" buttons at the top of the screen, you'll be taken to a wind
        ow where it will show you the status of any uploads or downloads in progress. If your download hasn't started, don't worry – there may be heavy "traffic" on the connection you wish to use and will just have to wait your turn. Your download data will stay here until you either abort the transfer or the download completes. You also have the ability to come back and resume incomplete downloads which is a big plus over Napster. "Is that it? That was easy!" Of course it was, you had me to guide you through it! But that's not all – you can do more. In the settings screen you can alter what files you are sharing (if any), change your download folder from what you specified during installation and change your skin, if you have any (if you don't you can download them too!). "So, you recommend this then?" Yeah – I haven't used any other Gnutella clients, and so they may be easier to use for non-nerds, but Gnotella does exactly what I want, and in a style similar to Napster for those who have used that piece of software before. It's also a lot more stable than Napster and is not prone to the crashing that regularly happened on my PC. I like the advanced file sharing options, so if you only want to share mp3's then you can – you can also set the number of uploads that people can take from your computer e.g. you can limit this to 3 uploads at any one time, with only one upload per person being allowed. This is where Napster failed in my book because every time someone downloaded a file from my computer, my incoming data transfer rate fell to practically zero. "Thanks Dukey, how can I possibly repay you?" Oh, a pint of Guinness would be nice...

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          25.02.2001 19:41
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          The recent court ruling against Napster has forced me to search for other potential sites to download MP3s. I immediately made for Gnutella, since it was the only other MP3 exchange site I had heard of. My first impressions of Gnutella plummeted a few minutes after entering the “Downloads” section of the website. Unlike Napster, Gnutella is supposedly decentralized, and so offers a choice of numerous download clients. I downloaded ToadNode, which according to the website was “the best Gnutella client for Windows yet.” Unfortunately, I simply could not get this installed client to work on my computer. Fortunately, my second choice was more successful. Second in the client list, LimeWire was described as “an excellent client” sporting “some wicked features”. I had no problems getting this up and running, once the 6.4MB had been downloaded to my computer (at quite an impressive transfer rate). LimeWire’s main search/download window looks much like Napster’s. Type in key words to search for, hit enter, and watch the results come in. A large green lime slice in the top right of the screen spins whenever LimeWire is searching the network. This is quite handy, as I remember occasionally waiting for ages on Napster, with no search results ever turning up on even the most common keywords, and no indication as to what was really going on (save a small “Searching…” message). LimeWire’s search engine is outstanding, with similar results grouped together under one heading. This is far more pleasing to the eye than the huge list of files one gets at Napster. There is even an option for simultaneous searches. Presumably, ToadNode and all the other reputable Gnutella clients are very similar to LimeWire, and therefore to Napster, which means that former Napster users will find them very easy to get into. Gnutella’s download spee
          ds are quite similar to Napster’s. The speeds I am treated to at Gnutella even marginally exceed the ones I was used to at Napster. My slow 56K modem sporadically achieves an over 6K per second transfer rate here, whereas the upper limit at Napster was about 5K per second. On the downside, though, Gnutella does have significantly more problem connecting, both to hosts and to individual computers. For one thing, if you have a firewall in place, it is impossible to exchange files with any other user who also has a firewall. These are identifiable by their red highlighted location, and make up an estimated 25% of all users. Also, there are certain busy periods (e.g. after 10pm UK time) when it can take ages to connect to any hosts. This makes it most advisable to use Gnutella in the afternoon. Thirdly, choosing to download a given file is by no means a guarantee that downloading will ever begin. Often, one is presented with messages like “Waiting x seconds for 1 push” or “waiting x seconds for 1 busy”. This x value is usually around 20 seconds, which certainly does not seem too bad, but unfortunately, upon reaching 0 seconds, the countdown process can start again, and not necessarily at 20 seconds either. Occasionally, one can now be presented with ridiculous countdown periods, such as 622 seconds or so. This is obviously a signal to abandon the download and try another file (if any) that came up in the search results. On the up side, I get the strong impression that less Gnutella downloads get cut off by the person you are downloading from. I have no idea why this is the case. Since I strongly suspect that the vast majority of failed downloads occur due to the supplier manually killing it (I am certainly not alien to a feeling of annoyance when a user slows down the transfer rate of one of my downloads by concurrently downloading one of my files), would I have to conclude that Gnutella use
          rs are in general far more considerate than Napster users? I think not. One feature I do not believe my Gnutella client supports is the ability to play a song during the downloading process. I cannot, of course, speak for the other Gnutella clients, who may well support this useful feature. Seeing as ToadNode appears to be generally regarded as the best Gnutella client around, it is probably more likely to support this than the second-placed LimeWire. Admittedly, if Napster was still in business, I would not even consider using Gnutella, mostly due to the larger number of Napster users that guarantees a somewhat larger file selection. However, the court ruling against Napster has forced me to seek other alternatives, and overall Gnutella has been found to be an excellent alternative to Napster, a more than sufficient provider of all of my immediate target MP3s, and a service that I could conceivably remain a user of for years to come.

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            06.02.2001 01:09
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            I've been using Gnutella for almost a year now, and have seen the service fluctuate. At the start, the Gnutella clients were archaic, but you could normally get what you were looking for. However, a lot of new users soon started using the software, and it all went downhill. Over the past five months or so, the clients have improved remarkably - they are now easy tto use, and a recent upgrade is sidestepping the previous problem of an overloaded network. I personally recommend LimeWire or Toadnode, which you can get from http://www.gnutella.co.uk/downloads/ They are both easy to use, and Toadnode even works behind a firewall. I expect that Gnutella will take over where Napster left off - and it can't be closed down! The software is free.

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            05.09.2000 03:32
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            It sounds good does Gnutella. It’s a piece of software available for free download from gnutella.wego.com. You simply install it, log on to a server (everybody who uses Gnutella allows others to access designated folders on THEIR computer) and then download mp3's (or other audio files), mpegs, jpegs, indeed any file types you care to mention. In other words its like Napster, only more flexible. But before you go rushing off to get this exciting bit of software, hang on! I've had the programme for about 6 weeks and have so far been unable to log onto a single server….so I've never actually been able to use Gnutella! The idea is that you type in a server address (and HUNDREDS are listed on the Gnutella website) and then you start downloading from the available archives. Well, they are obviously having problems bigtime, because NONE of the servers have ever worked for me…and looking at the discussion board other people are experiencing the same problems. Even the discussion board is as good as useless…people are asking for help and only rarely does anybody bother to reply. But piecing together odd bits of information over the last few weeks, it seems that far too many people are trying to download, and far too few people prepared to open their own computers up to others. ..so the system is completely overloaded. Some are confident that things will be resolved…I admire their optimism! You would have thought that the developers would have let users know what was going on via their webpage, but I've never seen any explanation. All in all, a great idea gone horribly wrong

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