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Postby SlyckTom » Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:42 pm

OpenNap is one of the original pioneers of the P2P world. Shortly after the creation of Napster in 1999, the networking protocol was reverse engineered by a developer named DrScholl and a several others programmers. The result of this effort would become known as OpenNap. As its name implies, OpenNap is an open source community - for the most part.

<b>Intro / History</b>

When OpenNap servers began popping up in 1999, almost immediately a large following ensued. At the time, the OpenNap community was largely accessible through the original Napster client. Combining the power of both the Napster and OpenNap P2P networks made an enormous quantity of information available through one client.

During 2000-2001, OpenNap’s navigation was enhanced through a program named Napigator. Napigator was a server interface that allowed an individual to connect to any OpenNap (or Napster) server he or she wished. This program was a stand-alone application that would function along side an OpenNap client. The program would download a list of current servers (maintained from Napigator.com), and the user would simply point and click the server he or she wished to join. Later versions plugged right into the Napster client.

Times were good. Hard to find music absent from Napster was commonly traded and OpenNap nearly out napped Napster.

However like all good things, this party came to an abrupt end. As the RIAA began to successfully dismantle Napster during the latter part of 2000, the population of OpenNap began to surge. While it appeared OpenNap might become the next Napster, it suffered from the same vulnerability – centralized servers. When the RIAA finally destroyed Napster in 2001, it then switched its guns over to OpenNap.

During OpenNap’s peak in February 2002, the RIAA on behest of its member companies began sending “Cease and Desist” notices to all sizable networks. One by one, the networks began to collapse and OpenNap was reduced from a population of over 250,000 to little more than 50,000 in less than five months.

<b>Clients</b>

For those unwilling to use the old Napster client in their journey across OpenNap, there were dozens of clients to choose from.

During the early days of OpenNap, the client landscape was filled with such applications like Rapigator. Another OpenNap client would emerge during this time period, an application dubbed WinMX. At this time, WinMX was an OpenNap client only and did not support it own proprietary network.

There was also FileShare and MyNapster, two very early OpenNap clients now long extinct. FileShare was an excellent client that was the preferred method for connecting to the MusicCity OpenNap network. At that time MusicCity, the precursor to today’s Morpheus, maintained an enormous resource of between 20 and 30 servers. It was by far the largest OpenNap community, a distinction yet to be eclipsed. However, during the RIAA crackdown MusicCity departed OpenNap for the less vulnerable FastTrack network. Some claim MusicCity’s days on OpenNap was simply a clever marketing scheme, aimed at drawing users to their new client.

AudioGnone, which is an excellent client, made its debut in early 2001 and still manages to exist. However, the client and homepage accompanying this program have remained virtually unchanged since its genesis. This seems to be the case with most OpenNap clients, although a few still manage to churn out updates.

Lopster, for example is still active, with the latest activity reported on 8/15/2005. Although this is an “anything but” Windows client, it has been successfully ported to Windows under the name of “WinLop.” WinMX of course still supports OpenNap, although it is debatable whether this client will ever be updated. Considering OpenNap has changed little since its inception, having an ultra current application is not absolutely necessary.

<b>Servers</b>

An OpenNap client by itself is useless unless you have some servers to connect to. Napigator did a great job of populating clients with servers, however this utility like most other things related to OpenNap disappeared. Depending on one’s OpenNap skill level, this poised a considerable problem. But like all things related to P2P, a replacement soon came forward.

GotNap.com, which is similar in nature to Napigator, maintains a list of numerous public servers and imports server lists to popular OpenNap clients. Some notable differences however, is GotNap is not a commercial venture and does not have a standalone client. Yet it still gets the job done, but OpenNap would still suffer additional losses.

Unfortunately development on the official Sourceforge OpenNap server software was discontinued in 2002. However thanks to its open source nature, new software would soon emerge. Though various forms of OpenNap server software exist, the one popular implementation is SlavaNap. SlavaNap was once hosted on SourceForge and was an open source application. However, its switch over to <a href=http://www.slavanap.org target=_blank>SlavaNap.org</a> ended its open nature.

Unlike the original OpenNap software, SlavaNap is designed for simplicity and has an easy to use windows interface. Just about anyone who knows how to download an application and has broadband connection can now run an OpenNap network. Whether this is a good thing or not remains highly contested. Networks such as BunnyMatrix and SlavaBeach.net use SlavaNap servers.

An off-shoot of the original OpenNap program is the popular OpenNap-NG software. OpenNap-NG, like SlavaNap, is still being developed and is regularly updated. Funny thing is, there are two versions of OpenNap-NG: the OpenNap-NG that exists on <a href= http://opennap-ng.sourceforge.net target=_blank>SourceForge</a>, and the version that exists on <a href= http://opennap-ng.org target=_blank>OpenNap-NG.org</a>. Necessary-Evil, an old time favorite of the OpenNap community, utilizes and supports the latter version of OpenNap-NG software.

Each version claims to be the legitimate copy, and each version claims the other is a fallacy. You can read the SourceForge’s version of events <a href= http://opennap-ng.sourceforge.net/split_story.html target=_blank>here</a>, and OpenNap-NG.org’s story <a href= http://opennap-ng.org/cgi-bin/trac.cgi/ ... napHistory target=_blank>here</a>.

<b>Conclusion</b>

Although development around OpenNap is not as fast paced as eMule or LimeWire, this community is far from being a ghost town. In fact, the exact opposite is true as there's even some intense drama in the server development communtiy.

OpenNap is perhaps one of the few P2P communities that retain the original communal nature that accompanied Napster. Interestingly, Napster’s direct decedents, SoulSeek and OpenNap, despite all their faults still maintain this core value of P2P. A quality many of their newer, more advanced brethren tend to place in the back burner.
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Postby notbob » Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:01 pm

i always hated the puny file limitations(a few thousand)

directory sharing would be nice too

i know people who scout opennap for good users to invite to private dc, and as a rule, they get some good p2p people

opennap is still a dinosaur though, good or bad
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Postby Trev0r269 » Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:35 pm

I've actually used Winlop a lot recently. It seems that oppennap is popular in europe, especially Italy. It was a good place for me to try and dl the latest European Trance/live sets etc.
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Postby hexen » Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:45 pm

I still use this network a lot with WinLop.
It's great for rare files, but the networks were a lot more useful some years ago.
Thanks for the great article Tom!
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Postby NakedBunny » Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:54 pm

Many thanks for the nice story :-)
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Postby bitz » Wed Aug 17, 2005 1:35 am

I for one, drop kicked opennap to the curb, in favor of mopheus, at the time it really kicked ass, well for it's time. Now all such clients and networks are blown away by bittorrent. :)

Still this was a very good article and brought back some fond memories of days long past.

I just wonder roughly what the population of the opennap community is?

Oh and what drama do you speak of? Are they considering porting the networking to i2p?

I could see where opennap over i2p, would be a huge deal to developers. Really it seems like a logical step to make. Even with openfasttrack, such a move could be made and should be at least considered.

Granted it would require the developers to be paying attention, but hey you never know, there could be a developer for one of those networks with half a clue, concerning such things.
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Postby vtwin0001 » Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:56 am

I liked Audio galaxy the most, altough its a lot newer than Napster, this lil app had many many songs, those really impossible to find songs (even nowadays), they had it. A shame it disappeared too. :cry:
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Postby Mel_Smiley_VIP » Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:22 am

I still use opennap. Im part of a private community who have migrated over fomr Winmx. We were all trading with each other so we broke off and started a private server. We still pick up a few people from winmx every now and then but they have to encode some of their file themselves. I gets lots of good things there!
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Postby bmh67wa » Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:43 am

Awesome article. Thank you!
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Postby raar » Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:39 am

Yeah, a good article. I still use the opennap servers via WinMX. Still many users out there. You tend to see the same ones all the time, depending on what genre you're looking for. It's kind of cool.

I'm still hanging on there WinMX. lol.
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Postby Psycho Ced » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:32 am

An off-shoot of the original OpenNap program is the popular OpenNap-NG software. OpenNap-NG, like SlavaNap, is still being developed and is regularly updated. Funny thing is, there are two versions of OpenNap-NG: the OpenNap-NG that exists on SourceForge, and the version that exists on OpenNap-NG.org. Necessary-Evil, an old time favorite of the OpenNap community, utilizes and supports the latter version of OpenNap-NG software.

Each version claims to be the legitimate copy, and each version claims the other is a fallacy. You can read the SourceForge’s version of events here, and OpenNap-NG.org’s story here.

LOL that was kinda funny to read about!
It seems every network has their rivals and the drama that follows.
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Postby tm, » Wed Aug 17, 2005 1:59 pm

Excellent article. This is just the kind of 'news' story I'd like to see more of. (Like the saying goes: "news you can use")

I've probably ended up finding more of the rare material I've been looking for on OpenNap than any other network. (I discovered that for Opera, for instance, no other P2P even came close.)

Just like IRC and Newsgroups, OpenNap might seem old and less glamorous than more modern P2Ps such as Ares, but it's still a very resourceful source of files. It's small size and lack of recent publicity may have helped OpenNap users stay completely out of the RIAA's crosshairs.

I've noticed that there is no Slyck Guide for OpenNap (a glaring omission, perhaps?) other than the section in the guide for WinMX (which is considered one of the poorest OpenNap-capable clients, which has no doubt contributed to WinMX's ban from many Nap servers). Many of the people new to the P2P scene seem to be largely unaware of OpenNap's presence and resourcefulness - though maybe the OpenNap community wants to keep it this way :)
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Postby bmh67wa » Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:59 pm

notbob wrote:i always hated the puny file limitations(a few thousand)


I'm not sure what you are meaning by this. I have several users on my server right now sharing 15,000+ files and a couple on our network sharing 20,000+. Unfortunately Windows limitations will only allow 65,535 from each user. More than enough if you ask me. :wink:
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Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:52 pm

bmh67wa wrote:Unfortunately Windows limitations will only allow 65,535 from each user. More than enough if you ask me. :wink:


actually it's not a windows limitation, it could be changed. you could sooner blame it on the author and developer, in slavanap's case ;) but who truly needs to share more than 65k files at once? who has that many available upload slots to justify it?
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Postby bmh67wa » Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:56 pm

Even with BT and ED2K I find that many are sharing compressed archives anyway. Full albums, softwarez, etc. OpenNap allows for that too.


That guy above me looks familiar...
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Postby Smitty » Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:01 pm

Nice article!

It amazes me to know that alot of people don't even know what opennap is. I have talked with serveral users while on the WinMX network, and I ask them if they ever use opennap servers, and it really does suprise me when they don't have the slightest clue as to what I'm talking about. So.....I usually help them out by explaining to them what it is, and how it works, and before long, I have them on my own server. I will ad them to the hotlist of the server, and kinda monitor to see when they are on and how often, and I see alot of them staying on, and coming back all the time. To me, this is a good thing.

A little bit of helping them out, and they actually enjoy it, otherwise they would not come back.

The good thing about alot of servers, and networks, is they have file minimums, meaning that if you don't share a certain amount of files, your then kicked off of the server, and alot of times get temporaraly banned for being a leech. On my servers, I have a minshare setting of 40 files and 120 megs. To me that is more than fair.

Again, nice article.


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Postby bmh67wa » Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:21 pm

BTW, it's audioGnome and not AudioGnone. Might want to fix that. :wink:
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Postby tm, » Wed Aug 17, 2005 7:07 pm

Maybe first fix the links in the article. (I'm surprised that people have not been pointing that out :)

One thing I'd like to know is why Nap servers have a much lower peer capacity than ED2K servers. OpenNap/Slavanap seems to max out at about 4000 peers per server, while many ED2K servers can handle several hundred thousand peer connections. While it's true that the big ed2k servers like Razorback pack some impressive specs that are well above the performance of the typical home computer setup, which Nap servers typically run on, even a common home PC on a broadband connection can easily run an ed2k server with tens of thousands of peers connected. If OpenNap was as efficient as ed2k, the entire Nap community could conceivably be run off a single server - with capacity to spare.
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Re: OpenNap – A Domain of P2P Community

Postby Yuri Cheepnokoff » Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:10 pm

SlyckTom wrote:There was also FileShare and MyNapster, two very early OpenNap clients now long extinct.


MyNapster (mynapster.com) is, actually, quite alive. The latest version is 3.5 released April 2004. Haven't tried it, so can't comment on its functionality. The forums appear to be fairly busy there, too.

I still use Audiognome with no problems. Now if I can figure out how to update my old Napster client to use the current Opennap servers, that would be a real trip down memory lane!
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Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:01 pm

tm wrote:One thing I'd like to know is why Nap servers have a much lower peer capacity than ED2K servers. OpenNap/Slavanap seems to max out at about 4000 peers per server, while many ED2K servers can handle several hundred thousand peer connections.


ed2k is decentralized.
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Re: OpenNap – A Domain of P2P Community

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:13 pm

Yuri Cheepnokoff wrote:I still use Audiognome with no problems. Now if I can figure out how to update my old Napster client to use the current Opennap servers, that would be a real trip down memory lane!


an addition to your hosts file should cure that problem. if you use this patch, i believe you should be in business:

Auke at gotnap.com wrote:add the following line to your hosts file (located in WINDOWSDIR\system32\drivers\etc\):
81.171.97.10 http://www.napigator.com napigator.com

Or download a temporary patch here:
http://www.gotnap.com/downloads/GotNap_Patcher.exe


(http://www.gotnap.com is the replacement for napigator.com - sadly, those ppl were beamed up by aliens last year without warning :roll: )
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Postby Bucky da Lurker » Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:12 am

Heya Everybody

Nice story Tom on the history of OpenNap.

I've been around the OpenNap scene for bout 6 years as a server owner and operator. I have seen a lot come and go but there isn't a lot of us experienced owners around anymore.

I originally started running OpenNap, but when SlavaNap was still in it's infancy I saw a lot of potential for it in comparrison to OpenNap. Now I won't go back to OpenNap to run my server with.

With the settings I have for the server I have high sharing standards, either 500 shares or 15 Gig, if not ya get booted, of course you can come back, but you'll just keep getting booted every 5 minutes. Thing is, I have it set for 1500 users and I'm usually full. Also my average shares per user is around 1200 files and the average gigs per users is around 55 Gigs plus an average of around 1.75 million files shared. I'd say that's not bad :D

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Postby chasingsol » Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:07 pm

Tom,

As one of the original members of the OpenNap network (user level Elite) who worked side by side with drscholl, panasync and others in the development of the OpenNap software, I'd like to thank you for such an incredibly accurate article. You've successfully captured some of the nuances of the twists and turns of the OpenNap community.

Regarding the discussion between the two flavors of OpenNap-NG, the latter used by Necessary-Evil is the fork that uses the most advanced code. The other project was a fork of older more buggy code. Personal opinion would direct anyone interested towards OpenNap-NG.org for the latest and greatest with the most optimization of cpu usage, which has always been the bugbear of the OpenNap software.

The OpenNap community has now been in existence since 1999 and despite having being driven underground, it thrives in long standing networks. Sure, the glory days are gone, but good communities never die.

Thanks again for such a well researched piece.

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Postby notbob » Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:22 pm

MrFredPFL wrote:
ed2k is decentralized.


no it isn't

overnet is the decentralized component, ed2k is still server based (without servers like razorback, ed2k is toast)
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Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:06 pm

[edit] troll bait removed - sorry [/edit]
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