P2P redistribution of Technical Preview

A couple people suggested p2p mechanisms as a way to enable downloads for anyone, and asked about restrictions on copying in the EULA.  Offhand, P2P seems like a great solution here, and I’ve started a thread with our legal department about making it so the EULA doesn’t preclude it.  It’s going to take a while to resolve – you can imagine that a request to enable massive copying of software is somewhat unusual 🙂  In any case changes would not show up in the EULA until the next technical preview drop, which means we still don’t have public access for this one.  As I said before, we don’t have all the answers yet but we do want to enable participation for anyone who is interested.  We took a step forward this time but we’re not finished yet. 

Comments (5)

  1. denny says:

    This would be awesome dude!

    heck folks are going to post it underground anyway… and it’s not like anyone with half a brain is going to think this is a "supported product"

    and this IMHO is part of the key to the "Linux and Open source" thing….

    making beta/alpha code like open betas of games, you can grab it try it repport problems and if you feel it’s good when the comercial version is out you buy it.

    suits me just fine…

  2. SBC says:

    You may want to take a look at File Sharing Workspaces within the Groove v3 beta – http://www.groove.net/default.cfm?pagename=betaV3_features

  3. Using something like BitTorrent would also make sure that the download servers didn’t get stressed under the load. Although I am sure that your servers can take it.

  4. AT says:

    :o( Dunno if P2P will be okey.

    Unlimited copying will simply increase "Microsoft producing full of bugs software" opinion. It’s a must to limit number of people accepted at each stage.

    P2P will not help much for people like me with 65K connection, but for USA encrypted (just like current FTM does) ISO can be distributed using BitTorrent.

    If everybody will be able to look on early bits – they will not attempt to look on newer. You must produce waves of new people, just like current increasing beta process.

  5. Diego Vega says:

    There is a related discussion going on in Channel9. Go see! http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3964#4002