6 – P2Pchat.net
Although this site has little in the way of original content (virtually all aggregate), it does provide other useful services. P2Pchat.net’s perhaps greatest contribution is its extensive IRC network. P2Pchat.net hosts the IRC chat rooms of several players in the P2P community such as BeatKing.com
, Shareaza and Morpheus. In addition, P2Pchat once hosted an extensive community where members of the file-sharing community can post pictures on an online album. This was a interesting addition the placed a face with familiar names, however this feature seems to have vanished.
5 - OpenP2P.com
OpenP2P.com often has good original content and interviews with leading P2P developers. However, their interviews tend to be generic in nature and seem to avoid hard-hitting questions. In the last several years, the site has not changed much and the news is not updated with any frequency. However, as a supplement to already existing news, OpenP2P.com is an excellent news site. OpenP2P.com tends to focus of course on open source P2P issues, and for those involved in this arena, the site is a valuable resource.
4 – Zeropaid.com
Zeropaid.com was one of the first file-sharing websites to hit the Internet. It arrived shortly after the excellent file-sharing news site CyberTropix.com was publishing original P2P content. Zeropaid.com is an aggregate news site, although at one point it did occasionally have original content in the form of interviews and various other guides. There is a wealth of information contained in the forums, however finding this wealth can be on the tricky side. Zeropaid.com needs to encourage its more knowledgeable posters to become writers and turn helpful forum content into news articles.
3 – InfoAnarchy.org
InfoAnarchy.org has been involved with the P2P community for a considerable amount of time – about the same as Zeropaid and Slyck. Like P2Pnet.net, InfoAnarchy.org contains an impressive amount of original content written by owner Erik Möller. One of its major accomplishments is an extensive Wikipedia
containing a wealth of P2P and file-sharing information. Members of the site maintain the Wikipedia. All InfoAnarchy.org needs is more frequent news updates to make this a leading P2P news site.
2 – P2Pnet.net
Once just another newcomer, P2Pnet.net has gained a tremendous amount of respect due to its original news content. Jon Newton, the writer of P2Pnet.net, generates at a minimum of 8 articles a day on various file-sharing and technology related issues. While most of his articles are brief roundups, many are full length and investigative in nature. In addition, P2Pnet.net has established several media contacts allowing viewers to see in-depth, albeit one sided, perspectives. P2Pnet.net would greatly benefit from a user forum, although the comment system has been excellent addition.
1 – P2PForums.com
P2PForums was initially composed of refugees from UniteTheCows.com. Starting off as nothing more than another run of the mill P2P V-Bulletin site, P2PForums has grown into serious file-sharing news site. Although much of their content is aggregated from other news sites, it is slowly beginning to develop original content and file-sharing guides. In addition, its highly active forums are almost a sure bet for those looking for information regarding various P2P or other file-sharing related issues. Its members are well versed in the ways of Usenet, IRC, BitTorrent and eDonkey2000 – allowing for a wide range of discussion.
Other news sites worthy of mention:
is the home of the Napsterites forum. Although not a news site, it is a large forum full of intelligent discussion.
Like Napsterites, GnutellaForums.com
is not a news site but a forum. However it offers a great place to discuss various Gnutella related issues.
is an on again, off again site that does have some original content in the form of software reviews, definitely worth a visit.
is run by “Simon Moon”, the once administrator of the now defunct eDonkey2000 link site Sharereactor.com. Although there is some news, the site functions more as a discussion forum in addition to hosting the RespectP2P.org IRC network.
If you are caught up in your French, you may want to check out Ratiatum
When most of EarthStation5’s forum members departed, they started a new forum/news site named IntegrityP2P.com
. Also make note that Slashdot.org
often covers P2P and file-sharing related news.
The fact that all these sites have members and administrators that take time out of their lives to dedicate towards the advancement of knowledge is commendable, and each one of the above mentioned sites deserver a tremendous amount of credit.