“openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server,” says the download site. “You can surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos or music and have a lot of fun! – it states, going on:
“openSUSE 11.2 is finally out! The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of openSUSE 11.2. openSUSE 11.2 includes new versions of GNOME, KDE, OpenOffice.org, Firefox, the Linux kernel, and many, many more updates and improvements.”
Great. But what you don’t get is DHT support.
Said the TPB blog recently »»»
Now that the decentralized system for finding peers is so well developed, TPB has decided that there is no need to run a tracker anymore, so it will remain down! It`s the end of an era, but the era is no longer up2date. We have put a server in a museum already, and now the tracking can be put there as well.
By moving to a more decentralized system of handling tracking (DHT+ PEX) and distributions of torrent files (Magnet Links), BitTorrent will become less vulnerable to downtime and outages:
FileShare Freaks has a great write-up on Magnet Links, and meanwhile, DHT is short for Distributed Hash Table and “Following in the footsteps of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE recently decided to include Transmission as the default BitTorrent client,” says TorrentFreak, going on:
“However, the addition of Transmission to openSUSE was not straightforward. Since Transmission comes with DHT support — a technology that helps BitTorrent users to find peers — Novell thought that the application could possibly make openSUSE liable for copyright infringement under German law.
To avoid legal problems, “Novell and openSUSE therefore decided to ship the operating system with a DHT-less version of Transmission while they tried to work out a solution with their lawyer,” says the story.
Does Novell have “legitimate concerns, or was maybe a little paranoid in handling the DHT issue”? – it wonders, adding:
“That said, if BitTorrent indeed comes to rely more on trackerless torrents and DHT in the future, could BitTorrent clients potentially become a target for the entertainment industry?”
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