huh... i thought they said they were done and dusted with edonkey?
MetaMachine's fate seemed well sealed when Sam Yagan, president of the P2P development firm, said he was "throwing in the towel" before the United States Judiciary Committee. If throwing in the towel means developing a new software version, then perhaps many of the P2P doom and gloom scenarios were just a bit premature.
Instead of folding like a cheap suitcase, MetaMachine made the surprising decision to announce an upcoming version of eDonkey - the official client of the eDonkey2000 network. Although a well functioning and popular, recent legal entanglements and slow pace of development have brought the competition into favor. eMule, the open source alternative, has stolen much of the show from eDonkey. Some estimates suggest approximately 90% of all clients connected to the eDonkey2000 network are eMule clients.
That still leaves about 10% of the network populated with eDonkey clients. With a total population of nearly 4 million that still leaves over 400,000 individuals – more than enough to revitalize the MetaMachine end of the eDonkey2000 network. In order to revitalize however, they need to stay relevant; which means reversing the impression given before the Judiciary Committee.
The first step in reversing this impression is to build anticipation for an upcoming release. Jed McCaleb, lead programmer of eDonkey, posted the following message on the eDonkey forums:
“… I know it has been awhile but we want to put out a new version soon. What would you like to see in it?”
For eDoneky fans, and perhaps file-sharing fans in general, it seems times are changing for the eDonkey2000 client. Furthering this, Sam Yagan clarified the one point sticking in many eDonkey fans’ minds – the implication that the days of development are a foregone conclusion.
“…The eDonkey business model will evolve over time; I certainly never meant to suggest that by "throwing in the towel" I was giving up on eDonkey.”
Giving up on the legal fight, yes – but eDonkey is here to stay, at least in the near term. Details of the new eDonkey are sketchy at the moment, but Sam informs Slyck.com a new version is currently being worked on, and is something other than theoretical. Also, the upcoming features of the new eDonkey will not be kept clandestine, as it will consist of nearly all community input. “The features will be only those discussed in the forum,” Sam added.
Time wise, there is no definitive point in which the new eDonkey will be released - other than to mention it will be available “soon.” Sam was not able to elaborate concerning MetaMachine’s legal situation with the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), however provided “We're still in productive talks; no deal has been reached.”
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