FuriousRage writes "Freenet version 0.7a2 is now available for public testing.
Freenet is a global peer-to-peer network designed to allow users to publish
and consume information without fear of censorship. To use it, you must
download the Freenet software, available for Windows, Mac, Linux and other
operating systems. Your computer will then form part of a global,
decentralized P2P network, and you will be able to publish and consume
information anonymously, either through your web browser, or through a
variety of third party applications, such as Frost (see
Since the first alpha there have been vast numbers of changes, in particular
significant improvements in user friendliness. For example, it is no-longer
necessary to find other people to connect to, Freenet can find other people
for you. However, you can still connect to your friends for maximum security.
It is also a good deal faster, and many bugs have been fixed.
There have been many many other changes, and we will release a feature
complete beta followed by 0.7.0 itself in the coming months (we hope to have
regular point releases after that). But we thought it would be best to get
some wider testing at this point. There is more to do before 0.7.0, and one
or two features which need to be completed before that.
Freenet 0.7a2 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 by visiting our donations page and making a
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