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Freenet 0.7.0 released!
« on: May 08, 2008, 06:30:00 PM »
The release message I got by the Freenet announce mailinglist:

The Freenet Project is very pleased to announce the release of Freenet 0.7.0.

Freenet is software designed to allow the free exchange of information over
the Internet without fear of censorship, or reprisal.  To achieve this
Freenet makes it very difficult for adversaries to reveal the identity,
either of the person publishing, or downloading content.  The Freenet project
started in 1999, released Freenet 0.1 in March 2000, and has been under
active development ever since.

Freenet is unique in that it handles the storage of content, meaning that if
necessary users can upload content to Freenet and then disconnect.  We've
discovered that this is a key requirement for many Freenet users.  Once
uploaded, content is mirrored and moved around the Freenet network, making it
very difficult to trace, or to destroy.   Content will remain in Freenet for
as long as people are retrieving it, although Freenet makes no guarantee that
content will be stored indefinitely.

The journey towards Freenet 0.7 began in 2005 with the realization that some
of Freenet's most vulnerable users needed to hide the fact that they were
using Freenet, not just what they were doing with it.  The result of this
realization was a ground-up redesign and rewrite of Freenet, adding
a "darknet" capability, allowing users to limit who their Freenet software
would communicate with to trusted friends.  This would make it far more
difficult for a third-party to determine who is using Freenet.

Freenet 0.7 also embodies significant improvements to almost every other
aspect of Freenet, including efficiency, security, and usability.  Freenet is
available for Windows, Linux, and OSX. It can be downloaded from:

This release would not have been possible without the release of numerous
volunteers, and Matthew Toseland, Freenet's full time developer. Matthew's
work is funded through donations via our website (as well as a few larger
sponsors from time to time).  We ask that anyone who can help us to ensure
Matthew's continued employment visit our donations page and make a
contribution at:

Anyone already tried the new version? Is Freenet 0.7.0 usable?