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[DotGNU]Fwd: Announcing Mnet v0.6

From: Seth Johnson
Subject: [DotGNU]Fwd: Announcing Mnet v0.6
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 00:47:25 -0500

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From: Zooko <address@hidden>
Subject: [mnet-devel] Announcing Mnet v0.6
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Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 19:02:16 -0500

The Mnet Development Team [1] is pleased to announce the
release of Mnet v0.6.

Mnet is a "universal file space" -- a global space in which
you can store and retrieve files.  The contents of the
universal file space are independent of any particular
server.  It comes with a GUI file browser that looks a bit
like a classical file-sharing tool such as Napster.  The
code is published under the L GNU Public License.

The major user-visible improvements of v0.6 over v0.5.1 are
that broken files now get erased from the content
directories, and that downloads are much faster and more

The major Known Bug in this release is that the fundamental
architecture is efficient for small networks but inherently
unscalable.  Zooko makes the wild guess that the current
code (v0.6) will start failing once there are more than 250
nodes on the network, and that incremental improvements
(which will probably be named v0.6.1) will work with more
than 250 nodes but will start failing once there are more
than 2500 nodes.  A new fundamental architecture that can
handle arbitrarily large networks is under development, and
will be released as Mnet v0.7.  (See the Mnet weather report
[2] for the current size of the network and some performance

Please view the ChangeLog for more details:


Please visit the download page for precompiled packages for
Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, and Solaris.  Also available from
the download page are instructions for compiling the
software from source.


Please use Mnet and report bugs via e-mail to
<address@hidden>, or by using the SourceForge bug


The availability and persistence of files is strongly
influenced by how stable the servers are.  If you run a
stable Mnet server it will help.

More information is available on the project web page:




Developer, Mnet Project

[1] The Mnet Development Team is a loosely-organized band of
hackers from around the planet who work on the project as a
volunteer, non-profit operation in the public interest. 
Each hacker is either single or else associated with a very
supportive romantic partner.

[2] The Mnet Weather Report is a series of e-mails to the
mnet-devel mailing list with the mysterious From: address

mnet-devel mailing list

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