Simon Morris Posted July 6, 2009 Report Share Posted July 6, 2009 μTorrent is actively developed by the engineering team at BitTorrent, Inc. This discussion topic is intended first to outline what we're trying to do and how we choose what comes next. It is also a place to discuss big picture new ideas (rather than individual feature requests). Overall we're interested in making our software more and more popular and further extending the use of the Bittorrent protocol in general. We're also interested in becoming and remaining profitable. Many important contributors on these forums are volunteers, but the core development team is made up of paid employees, and furthermore Bittorrent has shareholders who want their shares to be worth something one day. We understand that the popularity of the μTorrent software comes as a result of a long history of contributions and making more good choices than bad (starting years ago with Ludde and with thousands of other people since then), and by the good graces of millions of individuals who use the software today. We may be forced to do some things that are not super popular (e.g. distributing opt-out browser toolbars), but we are acutely aware that our popularity is based on goodwill and that other alternatives to our software exist. This means we balance Popularity and Revenue in all our big decisions. We do some things that are purely about revenue and many that are purely about popularity. But we need to make a balance in order to move forward. In looking at features we're interested in:- features that users actively demand - features that just make sense (things that improve things even if users don't specifically ask for them)- extending to more devices (OS's and different types of CE platform)- extending to more use-cases for the technologyWe strongly believe that the client must always continue to be free. (Maybe we will try to sell some things but NOT the main release of the client.) We don't want to bloat the client. It will continue to be "a (very) tiny BitTorrent client". We want to find ways to blend popularity with revenue better. We're not going to do anything to compromise the trust our users put in us – there's no path to success if we do, and we think we share with our users a belief in an open and neutral internet and seamless transfer of data between people who use the internet. A brief insight into future possibilities?How do you guys feel about paid (optional) web services? For example, "user privacy" is a feature that we've seen excitement around - this is best achieved with a VPN server (it could also be achieved via onion-routing between peers although with greatly reduced transfer speeds due to bandwidth asymmetry). What about more open APIs to allow μTorrent to work in the background in support of a more seamless website experience. μTorrent will still work as normal, but websites will be able to make direct use of the client (wrapped within a user-controlled security wrapper). What about other devices – tiny appliances or mobile devices?For now these are just ideas with no promises attached. We may or may not do them. (Your feedback may help us decide.) We are working on AND considering a large number of things that will start to come out later this year and beyond. The next release of the client (v2.0) will feature the μTP protocol by default which should eliminate the underlying issue which causes ISPs to throttle Bittorrent traffic. This is (we hope) a giant step for the Bittorrent user community and the internet in general. When ready, it will complete a multi-year engineering initiative. We hope you'll bear with us while we try to make progress, and give us suggestions and ideas about how to do things better. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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