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KCeasy .18 Released
July 19, 2006
Thomas Mennecke
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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 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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P2P Clients :: FastTrack
File-Sharing/P2P Related :: Software

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