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Opera preview adds BitTorrent file-sharing technology

updated 06:10 am EDT, Thu July 7, 2005

Opera 8.02 adds BitTorrent

Opera Software today launched a technical preview of the Opera browser with support for BitTorrent. The company says that integrating the popular file-downloading technology in the offers end users a faster download process by utilizing full bandwidth and reducing the chance of in-transfer delay when multiple users download the same file. "With BitTorrent, Opera hopes to make it easier for users to download the large amount of legal material available, such as Linux software and computer game demos. The Opera browser will also be offered for download as a torrent file." The BitTorrent protocol differs from FTP and HTTP--also supported by Operat--by offering a more efficient method for downloading a large files: individuals downloading the same file are able to assist each other in the download process.




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  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    brilliant...

    now if we could just get java working...

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Cool

    I wouldn't say its more efficient, but it is much faster. Kinda like a cadillac is faster than a honda.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow

    Are they actually trying to imply there's users who use BitTorrent for legal purposes?

    And since they specifically mention use for legal downloads, what are they doing to prevent all those illegal downloads?

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: "legal material"

    ah, they called it a technology for use in transfer of "legal material." so that gets them off the hook from any repurcussions resulting from the recent supreme court ruling. now let's get those wAreZ and bootleg mp3's a-streamin'!!! (*kidding, of course.... sharing illegal files is wrong, evil, and the number one way satan enters young people's nether regions, so don't do it*)

  1. slipperfrog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: "legal material"

    Of course people use BT to distribute and recieve legitimate materials. It's used to distribute Linux and BSD distros for one thing. Bootleg concerts (check out dimeadozen.org and bt.etree.org) by artists who have given their permission for their shows to be distributed. Game demos and add-on levels.

    Just because MOST people use it for copyright infringement doesn't mean that's its only use. And that's hardly the fault of the technology.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: legal material

    Bootleg concerts (check out dimeadozen.org and bt.etree.org) by artists who have given their permission for their shows to be distributed. Game demos and add-on levels.

    How can a concert be 'bootleg' if you've got permissions to distribute it.

  1. Ralf_Wiggum

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    legality

    slipperfrog said "Just because MOST people use it for copyright infringement doesn't mean that's its only use." Indeed - in the same way, most people speed on the roads, but that doesn't mean we should shut them.

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