May 31, 2001

Gnutella: First among equals

Author: JT Smith

NewSecientist.com has a feature on Gnutella. "Gnutella was designed to create a more pure peer-to-peer network. The first version
removed the need for Napster's central servers by sending requests for files to every
computer on the network ...

Ironically, Gnutella is now moving back to a system reminiscent of Napster. Recent
refinements to Gnutella and related software reduce the burden on the network by
stopping clients with slow connections acting as servers. Instead, proxy servers - called
reflectors - host information for the slower clients and reduce the overall strain on the
network."

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