Have been using BearShare for 2 days now & recommend it over any program mentioned in this document.
Not only is it the best app, it has the best HELP files.
Note: this text document can be used to help spread Gnutella. E-mail this document to your friends with your host cache file as an attachment; so they can get connected easily and join the revolution.
WHAT'S NEW IN THIS UPDATE:
Too many Non-sharing hosts will kill Gnutella within 4 months.
There are just too many Gnutella users out there that are not sharing files. Users of Gnotella 0.73 can confirm this easily. This condition will be the death of the Gnutella protocol. This network will only stay alive and grow if people are sharing files. If at least 50% of the users of Gnutella do not share at least 15 files each, I predict that Gnutella will be essentially dead within 4 months.
If you download something from the Gnutella Network, you are morally obligated to share that file and a few other files you may have, that may be of interest to other users.
I recommend that users interested in keeping Gnutella alive, do the following: keep your computer online, running Gnutella while you are at school or work or while you are sleeping. Do this at least 2 nights a week, and if you have a large number of files, rotate them; share different files on different days.
Users of Gnotella 0.73 can help eliminate the "Leaches" by sorting your host caches by number of files, and removing all the hosts that are not sharing any files, forcing them to go elsewhere. After a few days of not being able to get connections, I'm sure they'll start to get the message.
N-tella 1.2b (Beta) seems to be a good Gnutella clone for the large numbers of "Napster Refugees" who seek ease of use; are not interested in adjustable settings, and do not care about the inner workings of the Gnutella Protocol. It features a decent looking screen, easy to use features and pleasant graphics. It allows you to transfer files easily with virtually no knowledge of Gnutella required.
GnOtella 0.73; seems to be the logical choice for users of the old GnUtella 0.56; it operates pretty much the same but has some outstanding features that boost it's reliability and functionality; such as being able to limit the number of incoming hosts and uploads; in order to prevent swamping. There are many settings that GnOtella 0.73 allows you to change, for those who have the knowledge and the inclination to tinker and tweak.
For whatever reason; users of GnOtella 0.73 seem to be messing with the default TTL (Time To Live) this setting adjusts the number of times a packet will be allowed to travel before being cancelled. I have seen many users set it to the maximum 255. With the large influx of new users this setting should be left at the default setting of 5. Allowing packets to remain active for only 5 "jumps"; setting it any higher than 7; seems to clog the network with packets that far outlive their usefulness, and obviously slow down the network for everyone.
GnOtella's host cache, in case you want to make copies of it, is called
"gnotella.net" and is located in the standard location of:
Seems to be the most reliable of the clones for long term sharing. I have been able to keep it running continuosly for upwards of 20 hours. Gnewtella's reliability has to do with it's automatic host cache management. When the host cache fills up to about 850 hosts, it automatically removes the 500 oldest hosts. This eliminates inactive hosts and keeps your host cache full of current hosts. Obviously, The Gnutella network is not a "fixed" set of hosts, but a constantly shifting organization of hosts; this clone certainly takes this fact into account, with successful results.
Visit Gnutella at: www.gnutella.wego.com
2A. configure Gnutella for your system (especially "Save New files
to" this is the directory where your downloads are going) "Path(s)
to files" are the directories that you are sharing/putting online
for others to download. Be sure to enter all the file extensions you are
making available in those directories; in the box marked "Search
Extensions" list all the types of files you wish to share; separate
each file type by a semicolon. Example: "mp3;zip;url;exe;div"
(do not add the quotation marks (") )
3A. open Gnutella and get on the "gnutellaNet" screen. Enter
ONE of the following lines into the text box to the right of the "Remove"
and "Add" buttons.
After entering one of those lines, hit the "Add" button. Wait at least 2 minutes, if the first line doesn't get you connected try the others.
If you still can not get connected; you need to do the following:
1B. Locate the Gnutella program files on your hard drive. they will probably be in... C:\program files\gnutella
2B. locate a file in this directory called "gnutella.net" This is the file that holds your Host catcher list (IP/Host list)
3B. delete "gnutella.net" in directory "C:\program files\gnutella" (or where ever they are in your computer)
4B. take the file attached to this E-mail "gnutella.net" and copy it onto the directory you deleted your original "gnutella.net" from.
1. After you get connected, make a copy of your "gnutella.net" file, and save it in another directory or on a floppy disk, in case you accidently clear your host catcher. Then replace the cleared file with the one you saved.
2. Make copies of your "gnutella.net" file at least once a week, because it changes over time (inactive and bad hosts get cleared out and replaced by New and better hosts; somewhat automatically)
3. While Gnutella is running and connected to hosts, observe the "Info
S,R,D" column above the "gnutellaNet Connections:" you
will see the host number listed in the first column, the type of connection
in the second column (Incoming/Outgoing), in the last column, you will
see a set 3 of numbers separated by commas, that constantly change.These
numbers refer to Packets (pieces of files and other information) the first
number is Packets Sent, the second is Packets Received, the third is Packets
Dropped. If a particular host is appears to be "Dropping" a
lot of packets (more than 100 in two minutes), remove that host by highlighting
the host and then hitting the remove button. Gnutella will automatically
search for another host to replace the one you removed. Hosts that "Drop"
a large number of packets, are bad hosts, and waste everyone's time. (enough
Dropped packets will result in one or more file transfer errors) and slow
down the network for everyone. It is in everyone's best interest to remove
(disconnect) bad hosts.
5. The "Get More" button on the "gnutellaNet" screen will fill up your host catcher with active hosts (Only when you are connected)
6. Tell as many people about Gnutella as possible. The more people using Gnutella, the more files you will be able to find on it. As more people get on Gnutella; newer, better versions of Gnutella will be released.
7. Download as much as you want; but Make sure you share AT LEAST 10-15 files on Gnutella, even if someone else is sharing the file. The person sharing the file may not be online when you are (and vice versa); a file shared by several people makes it more likely to be online at any given time; obviously increasing it's availability.
8. Sharing More files, attracts more users who stay online longer and bring new files with them; resulting in more files available to everyone. This is the whole idea.
9. DO NOT download VBS files (Visual Basis Script) which is any file that has a ".vbs" extension. Any file that has a .VBS extension is most likely a virus. (98% chance) These files were probably shared by some sick individual(s) and/or people from the Music and/or Commercial Software industry (in order to make people afraid of getting viruses while downloading Music and Software using Gnutella.) It is probably a good idea to scan all files (except .txt and .mp3) for viruses before you open them. NOTE: .vbs files are automatically executed (opened) as soon as they complete downloading; so don't even download it...be careful when you select files for download, LOOK at what you click on people.
10. Test all files/music/software before sharing it on the Gnutella network and be reasonably sure that it works. Don't waste other people's time, and slow down the network by sharing software that doesn't work. NOTE: this also means that you should keep separate directories for Downloads and Uploads.
11. Rename .zip , .exe and other files that are not self explanatory. Rename the files to include a brief description of what the file contains. People are not likely to download a file if they don't know what it is. Example:
original file name: "zonalarm"
original file name: "pk270wsp"
No Law Enforcement Agency in the world is given enough funding or manpower to enforce 100% of the laws, 100% of the time. Each Government has to decide which of it's laws to enforce, how much to enforce them, and when to enforce them.
All governments make these decisions based on certain criteria. These criteria are mostly related to preserving the health, safety, welfare, financial interests, and moral codes of the majority of those governed. Law enforcement agencies are forced to concentrate their resources on those criminal activities that negatively affect wide segments of society; to a great enough degree.
SIMPLY PUT: You can get away with a lot of things if most people don't really care about those things.
HOWEVER: Doing bad things, that greatly upset large numbers of people; will get the F.B.I. (or your country's equivalent) on your Butt in a hurry; and they will spare no expense to put you in jail.
Here is a list of bad things that tend to greatly upset large numbers of people:
1. Sharing, Downloading, or circulating Child Pornography.
2. Spamming (unsolicited bulk E-mailing)
3. Sharing/Displaying EXTREMELY LARGE amounts of pirated software ALL AT ONE TIME.
4. Sharing, Downloading, or using Software tools designed specifically to launch Malicious Hacker attacks, or spread viruses. Especially on Computers and Networks that deal with:
(A.) The National Security of a large powerful country (Such as: The
United States of America, or it's allies)
Just because Gnutella as a whole, cannot be shut down; does not mean that individuals cannot go to jail or get Sued individually.
Gnutella is about Freedom of the Internet; With Freedom comes responsibility. (and the need for common sense)
Don't abuse your individual freedom, or it will be taken away from you. This is true in any society.