A Gnutty Encounter

by Rael Dornfest

Breakfast at the O'Reilly P2P Conference this morning. I noticed a fellow sitting at the table next to mine with a little paper sign reading simply "Gnutella." In the lobby a few minutes later. A gaggle of Gnutellians huddled around a table bearing an identical "Gnutella" sign. "You do know one of your kind is sitting upstairs?" "Really? Where?" Back in the breakfast room. "Ah, I see you've found eachother; little trouble with resource discovery I expect :-\." I've no doubt the Napster folks would have had no trouble finding one-another and be nattering away around a large table in the center of the room. What of Freenet? Of course whether or not they're even having breakfast at all is hard to say.

I have to wonder... in this morning's interaction, would I perhaps be considered a central server or so-called super-peer ;-).