Thursday, May 19, 2005

BitTorrent Trackerless Now

Tom Keating - VoIP Blog

The makers of BitTorrent have developed a trackerless version of the popular P2P software coinciding with the release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. So now you can download Star Wars using BitTorrent much more easily! ; ) Think that can't happen? Think again - Already a clip of Star Wars is available for download. Check out the Reuters article on the peer-to-peer illegal downloading of the latest installment of Star Wars. According to Web site, one print was leaked on Wednesday before the film was even released in theaters. The movie was time-stamped, suggesting it may have come from within the industry rather than from someone who videotaped an advance screening

According to this article, currently if you want to publish a BitTorrent file you have to create a tracker on your webserver so that downloaders can find each other.

This is a bit tricky and beyond the ability of most users. Now, according to the BitTorrent site, here, a new version contains an optional 'trackerless'method of publication.

This means that anyone with a website and an Internet connection can host a BitTorrent download. According to the site, it shifts the tracking function of BitTorrent off the server and onto the client.

There are some downsides - dedicated trackers allows you to collect statistics about downloads and gives you a measure of control over the reliability of downloads. The new BitTorrent software is still in beta, but you can download it here or here.


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