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Exeem

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See also: BitTorrent | Client | /Protocol

Aka: eXeem

A dead file sharing program that never got out of beta stage. It was endorsed by the operators of the dead BitTorrent link web site Suprnova.org. Exeem did not provide anonymity. Features included the easy search ability of an indexing server and the hive qualities of the BitTorrent network into one program.

The network has been down since around may 2005. It peaked at around 30000 users. The domain name is currently up for sale.

The aim was for Exeem to operate in a similar way to BitTorrent but for the clients to take on the function of the tracker and be more decentralised. Trackers for popular torrent can use significant bandwidth. With Exeem everyone becomes the network as users are able to share torrents, and seed shared files. Exeem is based on LibTorrent. Exeem used the C++ libraries Boost and Crypto++, specifically the Blowfish algorithm in the latter case.

The exeem source code was never released. Exeem was advert supported. Later betas included html adverts. Version 0.20 included 'Cydoor' and 'CyberGold'. Version 0.21 onwards did not contain third party software that shows adverts. There seems to have been two differnt groups making software called eXeem-lite. Work on the exlite.net version and cleanexeem seems to have stopped. exlite.pl released version 0.24. Previous Exeem beta releass were reported to work in WINE although you needed native DLLs for which you may or may not need a license. Exeem-lite 0.19 works fine in CrossOver 4.1, without native DLLs. Exeem requires a GUI environment thus its less versatile than BitTorrent which is CLI/GUI agnostic.

The Exeem protocol seems to use encryption.

Suprnova.org affiliation

The suprnova.org website was removed because of the threat of legal action. On the 30th of December 2004 Suprnova administrator 'Sloncek' (Andrej Preston) made an announcement about the future of exeem. Sloncek said that the company backing the project would remain anonymous for the present time. He said that eXeem would allow users to rate and add comments to files. The idea was to pre-empt the system being flooded with poor quality/fake files, something that plagues some older p2p networks like Kazaa. This was never implemented.

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