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FREE THINGS ONLINE: Tribler makes playing fair on a P2P networks a reality

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tribler makes playing fair on a P2P networks a reality


















You probably have heard of Naspter back in the day, kazaa back in the day, limwire, edonkey, warez they have come and gone some are still active, but full of spyware malware you name it. Now you have ares, shareaza and bittorrent currently going strong. Now we have tribler the new kid on th block. Tribler is a social community that facilitates filesharing through a so called peer-to-peer network think of it like (youtube/friendster meets bittorrent). Tribler integrates BitTorrent with YouTube. Tribler was originally created by scientists in The Netherlands, at Delft University of Technology and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The most recent release was created in collaboration with scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Since tribler facilitates social networking, once your connected to the network it starts exchanging information. First it exchanges personal information (such as your avatar picture, your friends list, download history, etc.) and information about files that are available in the network. These files can be personal, shared files, but also files that one has received from another person.

So whats so special about tribler as opposed to the rest? The p2p application introduces a new concept to the realm of p2p, bandwidth as currency. Tribler is hoping to enforce a better way of spreading the burden of file sharing across its community of members. Once a user is done viewing or downloading a file, it can be shared with other users. This offers a way to let users build credits, which can be spent acquiring other files from other users over the network, more credits can be earned by sharing more. This makes upload and download time faster for the entire community, and encourages users to upload just as much as they download.

In opinion the idea of currency concept makes sense, and could reduce the number of leechers (egoistic person who downloads a file using P2P technology, and who does NOT share enough with others when in possession of the complete file, reducing it's Availability).

Am a bit skeptical about triblers social community aspect, usually hardcore file distributors, I guess would want to keep their annomity this depends which country your in. If your probably in America you definitely wouldn't want to publicly give away your person details on a p2p network, with all this copyright infringement online ,publicly displaying you details would pretty much make you an easy target and could potentially get you sued.

Take note tribler is currently still new and their's not a lot of content nor users so you might find the speed a wee bit slow, this is based on my observation when I was testing it, you may experience a different experience.

Do share your opinions and thoughts on tribler if you have used it.

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