Bittorrent: Closed Source and Windows Only

Aug 10, 2007

Version 6.0 of the Bittorrent filesharing client will no longer be Open Source and it is currently available for Windows only.

Bittorrent Inc. has released beta version 6.0 of its filesharing client, and will not be publishing the source code for this release.

The last Open Source version of the Bittorrent client is version 5.0.8, which is available as a collection of Python scripts, as a Debian and Suse package, for the Mac, and for Windows.

Since acquiring µTorrent December 7 2006, Bittorrent Inc. has been working on merge the Bittorrent and µTorrent clients. Bittorrent was previously Open Source, whereas µTorrent was freeware.

The acquisition and uncertainty about the future of the Open Source version has been the subject of month-long discussions in the µTorrent. Today, Bittorent is focusing both on developing its filesharing client and on distributing multimedia content in cooperation with movie and music rights owners.

Whatever else happens, the Bittorrent protocol itself will remain Open Source according to the FAQ on the acquisition of µTorrent by Bittorrent. Additionally, the source code for a reference implementation of the new closed source client will be published.

Related content

  • uTorrent uTP Protocol Goes Open Source

    BitTorrent releases the improved protocol found in uTorrent 2.0

  • rTorrent Download Box

    Your old computer might still be useful as a dedicated download box.

  • MLDonkey

    The multi-network MLDonkey client gives users access to all the major file sharing networks. We’ll show you how to set up MLDonkey and how you can control the MLDonkey client with a KDE front end called KMLDonkey.

  • Opera 9

    Stable, fast, and complete: Opera 9 gives you everything you need for the Internet in a compact package.

  • Command Line – Aria2

    Downloading files is central to modern computing. Whether you use your browser's function or rely on more specialized tools, you won't find a more versatile utility than Aria2.

comments powered by Disqus

Issue 171/2015

Buy this issue as a PDF

Digital Issue: Price $9.99
(incl. VAT)


njobs Europe
Njobs Netherlands Njobs Deutschland Njobs United Kingdom Njobs Italia Njobs France Njobs Espana Njobs Poland
Njobs Austria Njobs Denmark Njobs Belgium Njobs Czech Republic Njobs Mexico Njobs India Njobs Colombia