Friday, December 17, 2004

Gaim Filesharing Plugin

Downhill Battle - Downhill Battle Labs - Gaim Filesharing Plugin: "We propose an extension to the Gaim chat client that lets users do gnutella-style search & download filesharing, where search requests propagate out to trusted buddies, buddies of buddies, etc. This approach has serveral advantages. First, people will be more altruistic sharing with friends and won't be as worried about RIAA/MPAA lawsuits. At the same time, because they can share with friends-of-friends, and friends-of-friends-of-friends, they'll often be searching a very huge library. This software will be just as simple as an IM client, and it will be easy for people to invite friends (so it spreads virally). No other piece of filesharing software is this well positioned to become hugely popular with the average, not-so-knowledgeable, Windows user. As a bonus, it will convert many users to using the open-source and ad-free client Gaim--a good thing in itself. The immediate goal is creating a working version that is extremely simple but very modular and easy to modify or expand upon."

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