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Tribler – completely decentralised BitTorrent client poised to revolutionise file sharing services


Tribler is a new BitTorrent client developed by researchers in the Netherlands, which provides a completely decentralised search and file retrieval layer on top of the existing technology. Yep, we’re talking true Peer2Peer here, no need for PirateBay, Mininova and the rest, just download the client and off you go.


The secret lies in a ‘zero server’ technology called BuddyCast which cuts out spam and interestingly introduces more of a social aspect to file sharing, with tags and ratings. The idea is for Tribler to become a trusted peer type of application, which develops a fully decentralised system of search without sacrificing speed and availability.

I’ve been playing with it for a day or so, and it’s pretty cool. The client comes with its own video player and also features YouTube and LiveLeak search so you can pick up interesting content from other places apart from the BitTorrent network. The main difference between a standard BitTorrent client and Tribler is the fact that you’re not automatically given access to the huge BT network of files means you’re going to have to wait until the usage picks up before relying on it to have everything you want available.


Still it’s an interesting concept and one that may develop into something really useful. The whole thing is still a bit beta (the client video player hung on me a few times, and downloading anything other than one of their demo files seemed a little problematical – hey, Betty Boo is fun) but it looks like it has potential, and it’s certainly worth taking a look. [Via]

 Tribler is developed at the Delft University of Technology and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Fundamental research to network technology, P2P networks, video streaming, user interaction helps us to integrate state-of-the-art knowhow into our software. We aim for an open source, fully decentralized peer-to-peer network, available for everybody, in every part of the world.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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