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WINMX Network Dead

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:35 am
by Dazzle
Folks it looks like the riaa have claimed there first "sue them into the dust" network.

The WinMx peer caches have gone along with the site, effectively shutting the whole network down, although anyone with WSX files can search etc with opennap and rooms can be joined from the favourites list ,I suspect thats the way many will travel until moving on to limewire etc.

Its a sad day folks :(

Thanks RIAA you have made an enemy for life, all my friends are on winmx and you have with your greed and money lust taken them from me.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:38 am
by hexen
What is going on?
I cannot connect to the network either.
If this is true, then without doubt it is a very sad day.
OpenNap will be the retreat...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:51 am
by Mel_Smiley_VIP
It is gone it seems. Ive been trying to connect for hours with no results. I had no idea the network could be shut down so easily.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:22 am
by Assyrian
WinMX was dead a year ago.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:24 am
by Bizzare
so were you, Ass, but we dont complain =)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:38 am
by Assyrian
:roll: you again, stop following me :?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:41 am
by Bizzare
stop posting in threads you dont care about =)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:51 am
by platemon
Here is what I found,it sure Don't look good for WinMX

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:59 am
by DaBlade
Looks like bender, km and the others have one hell of a job to do. Writing open source cache server software that is.

This is definetly a sad day for P2P. :(

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:29 am
by irish
Folks it looks like the riaa have claimed there first "sue them into the dust" network.

I wouldn't be so hasty jumping aboard the riaa did it bandwagon. As Assyrian pointed out, the winmx network has been dead for a year. Well, it hasn't been working properly and never really had. If you check around other p2p sites no one else has reported this news. (Way to go Slyck memebers if you got this first)
But because you can't contact a ceratin site, or connect to a network it doesn't mean it's dead, gone forever and defunct. It could be merely a network problem - like winmx never had one of those!
If it is dead ah well but I'd imangine they only had themselves to blame and it has nothing to do with the riaa.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:19 am
by rulle
I think you're wrong, there is good reason to suspect the RIAA has something to do with this:

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:27 am
by bmh67wa
One word... YEA!!!

Now I must prepare for the leech invasion. :P :lol:

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:41 am
by curzlgt

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:36 am
by Nick
I haven't used it in ages, but I'd still miss it if it had gone. I remember migrating to WinMx after Bearshare, and it was a comparative joy.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:43 am
by indecision04
P2P clients die, P2P clients grow, world keeps on spinning.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:45 am
by sumfuka
I guess it's been coming for a long time now (if it really has gone offline for good). Sad really because it used to be a good network.

(then again, maybe people are just jumping to conclusions?)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:12 am
by LANjackal
Informative quote from forum (

right before the time that they first started beta testing for winmx 35x, i did a whois on and at that time the domain was owned by frontcode and they were located in canada

i just did a whois on and the new address it is registered to is in Port Vila, Vanuatu...a small island in the south pacific ... it is no longer registered to Frontcode...the new name it is registered to is WinMX Technologies

i think there 2 things at work here with frontcode:

1. they are moving their operations to the south pacific in order to protect their legal asses

2. they might be getting ready to launch a new winmx that will replace the current one...entire new protocol, which they have said they planned on doing with the next beta

don't panic yet, just hang on to your seats for now and see if we can ride this out

And more from the same user:

just talked to Sabre (as in SabMX) and he's working on writing a peer cache server as i am writing this. Soon he will release a copy of SabMX that will work just fine and just like winmx did, but it will use a different peer cache. As soon as he does, we will be back in "business".

Only problem will be distribution. It won't have nearly as many people as winmx had because most of winmx's users have never stepped into a chat and would have no way of knowing there is a fix or where to get it.

good news will be the riaa won't have a copy for awhile so the fakes will all be gone

keep in mind this will be a temp solution till something permanent can be worked out as nobody wants sabre to end up in a legal mess either.

If he needs help with hosting of the peer cache, he will be in touch ...i told him plenty of people willing to help him out if he needs it can be found here and i hear he's currently parked in vladd's room

so all hope is NOT lost

Poor WinMX. I've posted at length many times about my opinions on this network/client. Within the last year, WinMX's weak hash capabilities and apparently fairly centralized nature made it easy prey for spoofing attacks. Thus, it was almost impossible to download any new release via the software anyway. On the other hand, WinMX's abundance of longtime P2P users made for good availability of older stuff at very high quality, something that many other more advanced and newer networks/clients still lack.

Nonetheless, because of this shortcoming, I rarely use WinMX any longer. A real nightmare to me would be the canning of Limewire, whom the RIAA has also sent threatening letters to. It's the best client for Gnutella by a huge margin - the only one I know of that supports connectivity between two firewalled users, among other things.

I'm hoping that if Frontcode has truly pulled the plug on WinMX, they will at least do the decent gesture of either outrightly open sourcing the code or "leaking" it to an appropriate entity. The network itself is like a 60's Mustang wasting away in the garage: with a little hard work and development, it could be strong again.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:20 am
by niki
put it out of it's misery!!!!

Re: WINMX Network Dead

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:52 am
by Psycho Ced
Dazzle wrote:
Its a sad day folks :(

aye :cry:

Assyrian wrote:WinMX was dead a year ago.

the development was

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:13 am
by no_dammagE
well, is dead as is

Their server is down what means that the (one and only) cache is down. Maybe it is time to look around and make a choice between similar clients/networks - Shareaza, Limewire, Ares, Soulseek and/or several others...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:19 am
by coleisgone
As a file sharing network i thought it was crap but i thought the chat facility side of it was good, shame for all those people who wil be losing some online friends - and if WinMx was so easy to close won't it just be as easy to do all the rest, i.e bearshare, limewire etc?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:31 am
by eisa01
Time to let that network die. I used it before(02-03?), but really it's not a good network. Have you seen the overhead on it? If you have a primary connection to the nettwork, it can take up all you uploadspeed (I know you can limit it). And you can set it to search for new sources every 5 min? That's a lot of unecessary searches. And it doesn't even have more rare files than the ed2k network. I just installed it to download some songs, and I couldn't find them. I found some with eMule, but not all.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:13 am
by Mel_Smiley_VIP
Its back up! Its back up!

No wait, its still down. Awwwwww


PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:59 am
by DaBlade
J/k on which part? :shock:

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:04 am
by Mel_Smiley_VIP
Just trying to ease the pain. Its still down. I bet some people are realling going through their PC with a fine tooth comb trying to figure out why winmx isn't working. Thats the ones I fell sorry for. Lucky me, I only had about 5 shows I needed to finish, 2 were almost done, that sucks though! Oh well, too better days aye.