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giFT Internet File Transfer (giFT) is a computer software daemon that allows several file sharing protocols to be used with a simple client having a graphical user interface (GUI). The client dynamically loads plugins implementing the protocols, as they are required. The protocols are:
The clients communicate with the giFT process using a lightweight network protocol; the protocol code is completely abstracted from the user interface. There are already several giFT GUI front-ends for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Unix-like operating systems.
The name giFT is a recursive acronym.
giFT is written using relatively cross-platform C code.
giFT currently lacks unicode support included, and it is impossible to share files with characters such as "ø","ä", "å", "é", "è", "ó", "ö", "ù", "ü" in their names.
giFT (and other multi-protocol implemenations) lacks many features needed to use the Gnutella network effectively.
giFT's sibling project is OpenFT, a peer-to-peer file sharing network protocol that has 'search' nodes and 'index' supernodes in addition to common nodes. According to the giFT documentation:
Search nodes handle search requests. They search the filelists their CHILD (common) nodes submitted to them. These nodes must have a capable Internet connection and at least 128M RAM. A modern processor is highly recommended as well.
INDEX nodes keep lists of available search nodes, collect statistics, and try to maintain the structure of the network.
- ↑ "giFT: Internet File Transfer". 2002-05-11. http://www.zeropaid.com/news/1038/gift_internet_file_transfer/. Retrieved 2010-1-4.
- ↑ Scott Rippee (15 Jan 2004) Throw That GUI Out the Door: Console Applications That Shine, OSNews
- ↑ Juergen Haas, Appolon, About.com Kubuntu Guide
- ↑ Carsten Schnober, Olympian Exchange. File Sharing with Apollon and GiFT, Linux Magazine issue 55, June 2005, pp. 82-83
- ↑ Thomas Mennecke (September 5, 2004) Getting Into KCeasy, Slyck.com
- ↑ KCEasy Review FileSharingZ.com
- ↑ John Borland, Macintosh users join Kazaa network, CNET News, November 19, 2003
- ↑ Thomas Mennecke, Poisoned: Bringing FastTrack to the Macintosh Community, November 21, 2003
- Marcus Bergner, FastTrack chapter in his MS Thesis "Improving Performance of Modern Peer-to-peer Services", 10 June 2003, Umea University, chapter "discusses the FastTrack protocol used by the KaZaA family of file sharing applications. Since the protocol is a well kept secret most discussions will relate to the giFT project, an open source implementation attempting to provide similar capabilities."
- Choon Hoong Ding, Sarana Nutanong, and Rajkumar Buyya, Peer-to-Peer Networks for Content Sharing in Ramesh Subramanian, Brian D. Goodman, Peer-to-peer computing: the evolution of a disruptive technology, Idea Group, 2005, ISBN 1591404304, pp. 58-61
- "Introduction to giFT - internet File Transfer". 2007-01-06. http://vodka-pomme.net/projects/introduction-to-gift-internet-file-transfer. Retrieved 2010-1-4.
- Minaxi Gupta, Markus Jakobsson, Andrew Kalafut, and Sid Stamm, Crimeware and Peer-to-Peer Networks, chapter 3 in Markus Jakobsson, Zulfikar Ramzan, Crimeware: understanding new attacks and defenses, Addison-Wesley, 2008, ISBN 0321501950, pp. 55-76 (discuses malware in the OpenFT and Limewire networks) A short version appeared in MCS'06