A new BitTorrent client has hit the market and is causing a bit of a stir. It’s the first client to offer decentralized (tracker-less, search engine-less) BitTorrent.
By now, you’re probably familiar with BitTorrent, but maybe you’re not quite sure how it works. There are search engines and indexes, like The Pirate Bay, which people can use to find the BitTorrent files or .torrent files. Then, there is a system of central servers, trackers, that act as a hub and manage the download process.
Recently, these have been major issues for BitTorrent users because several organizations like the MPAA, RIAA and BREIN have been trying to get these trackers shut down on the basis that they’re facilitating copyright infringement. That’s where decentralized BitTorrenting comes into play. By removing the tracker and the search engines, it becomes increasingly difficult to stop people from using it. For now, it looks like the Tribler BitTorrent Client is the only one utilizing this technology, but it’s only a matter of time before this is standard protocol for all BitTorrent clients. This could mark the end of traditional trackers and search engines.