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BitTorrent Turns 10 203

Posted by Soulskill
from the many-happy-seeds-of-the-day dept.
ktetch-pirate writes "On this day, 10 years ago, Bram Cohen released the first bittorrent client to the public. Most P2P protocols have had a rapid rise and then a drop-off as the subsequent 'best thing' has come out, but after 10 years, nothing has bested bittorrent, and it still remains king of the P2P castle. Just when will it be replaced?"
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BitTorrent Turns 10

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  • Pretty much never? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Haedrian (1676506) on Saturday July 02, 2011 @01:16PM (#36642206)

    "Just when will it be replaced?"

    Never? Going distributed is THE way of stopping people from shutting you down. So far only the tracker is fixed (and there are stuff in place to discover clients by seeing the others who you're connected to). So I'd say this is here to stay.

  • by mrogers (85392) on Saturday July 02, 2011 @01:39PM (#36642356)

    Going distributed is THE way of stopping people from shutting you down.

    But ironically, what BitTorrent got right (and it pains me to admit this, because I'm a big fan of pure P2P solutions) was centralising the hard parts - search and peer location - and distributing the easy part - content distribution.

    Another area where BitTorrent struck the right balance between pure P2P and pure centralisation was in content curation. Gnutella made it incredibly easy to share a file, but the result was a ton of low-quality, badly-labelled, nearly-identical files. BitTorrent made it just hard enough that only a few, relatively dedicated people would create torrents, and everyone else would just redistribute them. I don't think that was a conscious design decision, but it happened to hit the sweet spot.

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