On 12/11/06, Anthony Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
- All rights reserved at the bottom, sounds so proprietary. No
That's for the text of the site. What do you mean by license? I offer
software. Some of the software that uses Metalink is under the GPL,
The fact that there is no official implementation of Metalink software is actually the main issue I have with Metalink. It feels too much like there is snake oil involved, with claims and promises and what feels like marketing, and the delivery of actual results is left to other parties.
Take Bittorrent and its rise to fame, it had an official and basic client, which was proven to work, and was then implemented by countless clients. Similarly I would like to have seen Metalinks pushed by an implementor who wanted to share their creation.
I don't have the resources of BitTorrent Inc ($28 million and deals with the MPAA).
I am sharing my creation, there are multiple parties using it and I have been trying my best to get others to use it. I've been working on Metalink on and off for over a decade, and more than full time for over a year. I fund it all myself, with absolutely no income from it.
I'm sorry you see it as marketing, I know I'd be a pretty bad
(it's just what I wrote to get the basic idea across, I don't think
particularly good but it seemed ok to me). I think Metalink solves
problems and of course that's fine if you disagree :) I only hope
people try it out and decide for themselves.
Most of us are used to two worlds, the opensource - where projects are generally started to scratch your own itch and the successful ones take on a life - and the commercial - where things are made for profit. Metalink.org and your motivations for pushing metalinks are not clear.
Don't get me wrong, I am not in any way trying to discourage you in your quest or others from trying clients with Metalinks, I am just sharing my thoughts how I and maybe others see it.
I don't get it, it is pretty discouraging. Where are you seeing anything commercial with what I am doing? (Besides GetRight and Speed Download, which have pay versions, but that has nothing to do w/ me). There aren't even ads on my site (which is down now).
BitTorrent which you mentioned is commercial with a bit of opensource, now with closed source clients and patented extensions.
This is my itch. I'm scratching it. I'd like others to join in, and some have, but more would be nice.
just having a rotten day,
(( Anthony Bryan )) Metalink [ http://www.metalinker.org ]
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