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O'Reilly's Peer-to-Peer Summit
Has Napster's notorious success helped or hindered the prospects for
peer-to-peer computing? Helped, overwhelmingly, says Tim O'Reilly, who
hosted a summit on peer-to-peer computing this past Monday, September
18, 2000. The summit brought together people from traditional computing
companies like Microsoft, Intel, and IBM, as well as folks from new P2P
projects like Gnutella, Freenet, and Jabber. We talked to Tim and
Byte.com columnist Jon Udell about the summit and what applications
there are for peer-to-peer beyond the popular Napster service.
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"One way I like to characterize [peer-to-peer] is, if you think of
instant messaging as a paradigmatic application, instant messaging asks
the question, 'Are you there? Do you want to chat?' Napster asks the
question, 'Do you have this MP3 file?' Jini asks the question, 'Are you
a printer, and do you know how to do my file?'
"I guess if I have any concerns about the effect of Napster, it's that it
has imprinted this idea of specifically file sharing so forcefully on a
lot of people right now, it may not be obvious what some of the other
kinds of applications are -- and there are many."
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