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The Circle

The Circle is a peer-to-peer application that provides file sharing, instant messaging, and news services. Its novel feature is that while it is fully decentralized, the method it uses to search for files and people theoretically scales to millions or billions of users. Advanced features include the ability to download a file from multiple sources simulataneously, the ability to send messages to people who are not currently online, and the ability to generate a customized news service by specifying trusted sources of news.

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Recent releases

  •  21 Jun 2004 08:41

    Release Notes: The GUI and daemon were completely separated, which should make it easier to write new GUIs. Bug reports are now sent to a dedicated chat channel, the help system was rewritten in interactive XML, and a new dialog pops up before downloading directories. The Windows version now should work.

    •  22 May 2004 20:30

      Release Notes: This releases adds better filesharing capabilities and automated bug reports.

      •  09 May 2004 08:23

        Release Notes: This release features a completely redesigned GUI with a new layout. Many bugfixes were made.

        •  31 Jan 2004 11:11

          Release Notes: This version separates the core from the user interface, running each in its own thread. It adds the ability to rename files in the chat window, and the ability to postpone messages or commands.

          •  02 Jan 2004 22:28

            Release Notes: This release uses lightweight threads based on Python generators. Switching between lightweight threads is very fast, and there is no thread overhead. This speeds up the entire network.


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