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KCeasy .18 Released

Postby SlyckTom » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:02 pm

The RIAA isn’t filing lawsuits on a monthly basis, the MPAA has been quiet against indexing servers, and eDonkey2000 floats aimlessly throughout cyberspace. Most BitTorrent search engines and indexing sites, even those who face lawsuits from the entertainment industry, remain in static. The general file-sharing population appears to have reached homeostasis, or perhaps is just wading through the mid-summer doldrums.

Without the excitement of ThePirateBay.org or an equally important indexing server forced offline, or a radically advanced P2P network readying for launch, the last several weeks is actually interpreted as welcome sign by many. It’s become well realized the lack of significant news typically means the lack of bad news.

Breaking the mold of P2P homeostasis, a genuine trailblazer sure to eradicate the monotony, utter boredom, and hopelessness of the file-sharing news drought is the release of KCeasy .18. A quantum step forward in the plight of file-sharing developers around the globe, KCeasy .18 brings an era of new hope in a file-sharing world torn by inner-conflict and social strife.

What does this beacon of file-sharing godliness have over its predecessor?

To know and appreciate KCeasy .18, let’s take a step backwards in time. KCeasy began its existence in 2003, however it only became stable enough for mainstream usage in January 2004. KCeasy’s most notable attribute is the utilization of the giFT daemon. giFT is an independent project which at the time was designed to participate on the FastTrack network.; while KCeasy is the graphical interface to the giFT daemon.

Over time however, FastTrack’s importance began to wane. Not looking to become “just another FastTrack interface”, giFT then became a modular daemon. This would allow greater flexibility for the support of additional protocols, such as Gnutella, Ares, and particularly OpenFT. KCeasy would take advantage of this development, and earn the reputation of being one off the few well-respected multi-network clients.

In April of 2004, Sharman Networks forced KCeasy to drop its support of the FastTrack protocol. Although this client does not integrate support for various networks, it utilizes various plug-ins that are managed by the giFT daemon. Developer Markus Kern was then compelled to distribute the KCeasy client without the FastTrack plug-in. This move had little bearing on the independent giFT daemon, and those still looking to participate on FastTrack simply had to obtain the plug-in via a quick Google search.

In recent times, additional plug-ins have relegated FastTrack support to little more than an interesting historical footnote. Although KCeasy also supports Gnutella and OpenFT, its’ support of Ares was marginal. Initiated in January 2005, Ares participation was possible, but the existing plug-in lacked the gusto and efficiency of the official Ares Galaxy client. With the release of version .18 however, the KCeasy client has taken a significant step forward in mirroring Ares’ performance.

From initial testing and public reaction, the upgrade to the Ares 0.3.0 plug-in has resulted in a considerable performance improvement. While it may not reflect Ares Galaxy precisely, the differences are forgivable when weighed against the convenience of an efficient multi-network application.

With endless boundaries for improvement, KCeasy will likely remain an important open source client. KCeasy’s ability to adapt to a rapidly changing file-sharing environment will likely guarantee its existence for some time to come.
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Postby jay-jay » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:23 pm

Nice to see an update to a file sharing program besides a BitTorrent client.
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Postby P2P_G » Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:13 pm

Like the KCeasy’s Ares suport is better than official Ares :shock: :wink:
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Postby Chewyfood » Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:01 pm

would be nice if they could implement MP2P as well...
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Postby GraphiX » Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:30 pm

radically advanced P2P network readying for launch


eh? have i missed something there's a new p2p network?
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Postby bmh67wa » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:45 pm

P2P_G wrote:Like the KCeasy’s Ares suport is better than official Ares :shock: :wink:


No one said anything about it being better. It's just an alternate method that can be used to get files from people on the Ares network.

I have used KCeasy for over a year now and have been very satisfied with the development process. Hats off to Marcus. This new version is working great!
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Postby P2P_G » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:50 pm

bmh67wa wrote:
P2P_G wrote:Like the KCeasy’s Ares suport is better than official Ares :shock: :wink:


No one said anything about it being better. It's just an alternate method that can be used to get files from people on the Ares network.

I have used KCeasy for over a year now and have been very satisfied with the development process. Hats off to Marcus. This new version is working great!


but it is better ;)
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Postby Fartingbob » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:57 pm

P2P_G wrote:but it is better ;)

I just downloaded the latest ares client and searched for "drowning pool" (popular metal band) in both ares and KCeasy. I got slightly more results in Ares. Its not "better" because it varies. Some of the time it may find more results, or find results faster, but other times it wont.
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Postby Allied » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:58 pm

giFT Ares can't be a search node for the Ares network.
Therefore it's dependant on the official Ares, WAREZ and Filecroc.
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Postby GraphiX » Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:25 pm

radically advanced P2P network readying for launch

someone like to tell me what toms talking about
what new p2p network?
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Postby ShawnSpree » Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:35 pm

I used this in the past, as well as all other p2p networks. It basically sucks. People who join are told by the majority to disable shared folders, network can be logged on to by a 100-1000 ip address to spread virus, fake files. Queues are long, incomplete or partial downloads. After joining Usenet and private bt sites, this p2p app doesn't offer anything close to what i'm getting and the speed alone makes this look like child's play.
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Postby Allied » Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:52 pm

GraphiX wrote:radically advanced P2P network readying for launch

someone like to tell me what toms talking about
what new p2p network?

Mainline DHT, Azureus DHT, Kad 2.0 and Cache Discovery Protocol come to mind.

Ares has added DHT to help the search.
LimeWire wants DHT for Gnutella.
eMule's Kad rules the ED2K network.
Overnet is the only reason to use eDonkey2000.

DHT seems to be the way of the future. I wonder how KCeasy and other programs with summary connections to the networks will fair? They either need to provide a bucket, or get out of the way.
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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:20 pm

That passage was just flippancy!!!
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Postby lordfoul » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:25 pm

SlyckTom wrote:That passage was just flippancy!!!

lol
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Postby LANjackal » Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:03 am

Hahaha yeah I recall the days when KCeasy just flat out didn't work, period.

Now that it does fairly well, though, I think it's time they uprated the version number to something a little more indicative of the development progress than 0.18...
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Postby jimmy90 » Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:30 am

Allied wrote:DHT seems to be the way of the future. I wonder how KCeasy and other programs with summary connections to the networks will fair? They either need to provide a bucket, or get out of the way.


Yeah the old multi-protocol clients seem to have stalled. The nice thing about giFT is that if someone did develop a DHT plugin it could be re-used by any application using the giFT interface.
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Postby Overnet User » Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:28 am

KcEasy works well for me as an alternate client when I run out of torrents to dl and don't have any more ed2k files to dl
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Postby Andu » Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:49 am

Allied wrote:
GraphiX wrote:radically advanced P2P network readying for launch

someone like to tell me what toms talking about
what new p2p network?

Mainline DHT, Azureus DHT, Kad 2.0 and Cache Discovery Protocol come to mind.

Ares has added DHT to help the search.
LimeWire wants DHT for Gnutella.
eMule's Kad rules the ED2K network.
Overnet is the only reason to use eDonkey2000.

DHT seems to be the way of the future. I wonder how KCeasy and other programs with summary connections to the networks will fair? They either need to provide a bucket, or get out of the way.


Dunno about Kad 2.0 but since the next eMule beta is scheduled for Q3 at the moment I'd say we'll soon find out how "radical" it will be. As far as I've understood it's just an evolutionary step which is fine by me considering how well Kad 1.0 works.
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