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Old 12-30-2004, 03:03 AM   #1
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p2p on Linux -> any suggestions on kazaa client?

hi all!

One of the last things that keeps me run win xp is p2p on linux - I didn't manage to get any p2p client working. I've tried to install apollonseveral times but it could never connect to any network... Does anyone know any "complete idiots guide to installing apollon" ? coz i haven't found a single one...

Maybe U could recommend other p2p client for Linux (with an installation instruction)? i would be satisfied rather with a kazaa client or there's another p2p network with lots of stuff ? I don't like *mule very much as it takes so much time...

Thanks for any tips!

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Old 12-30-2004, 03:10 AM   #2
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You can use MLDonkey (supports almost any protcol, even kazaa's) for linux?
KMLDonkey (KDE clone)?
Mutella (CLI)?

There are a lot of P2P clients on linux, check the links for more:
Old 12-30-2004, 04:56 AM   #3
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The one I like is Limewire, for the gnutella network
Old 12-30-2004, 05:22 AM   #4
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By itself Appolon is useless.

There ar eprobably more simple ways to do this, but this is the way I do it, and it works great.

First you need giFT. and of course giFT requires a few packages
1) zlib. I notice you are using Debian. The giFT website says to just install zlib1g and zlib1g-dev. Else you can find the sources at that link and do the typical ./configure, make, make install. This package has something to do with compressing data to send over the OpenFT network.
2) libltdl. You probably already have it, but if not you can probably find it at This package is used for loading the plugins.
3) libdb. On Debian install libdb3-dev or libdb4.1-dev. This is only needed if you want to function as a search node.
4) libmagic. This is used to guess file types. On Debian install libmagic1 and libmagic-dev. I don't think it's mandatory but I would install it anyways.
5) libvorbis. On Debian install libvorbis and libvorbis-dev. If you do not use ogg-vorbis then don't worry about it.
6) ImageMagic. On Debian install libmagick and libmagick-dev. This is used to get image meta-data. Probably not mandatory.

Now it's time to get giFT. Get it from here
Be sure to get and not 0.11.8 or you probably not like the results. Do the typical ./configure, make, make install. (as root)

Then you need some network protocol plugins. The openFT and Gnutella plugins can be found on the same page as giFT. The only other plugin you are probably interested in is the Fasttrack plugin for the KazAa network. This can be found here
If you feel like experimenting here are some other ones...

Once you have installed the plugins you want it's time for the user interface. You wanted Apollon so go to and get it. Once you install it open the program, go to Settings => Configure Apollon => Advanced. It should show the correct plugins. If not, click "Add" and search for them.

BTW, as of 3:23AM (Dec 30) pacific time, the website to get the Fasttrack plugin was down. Hopefully it will be back up soon.
Old 12-30-2004, 05:30 AM   #5
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try installing apollon again and connect by typing giftd -v
in the console , it will tell u why it doesnt connect .

i had a similar problem but when i tried it , it turns out that i had to make a FastTrack folder in /home/me/.gift

it now connects to fasttrack
Old 12-30-2004, 07:19 AM   #6
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I would highly suggest using a bittorrent client such as Azerous which is based off of Java and reasonably easy to install. It's got a bunch of neat options for newbies like myself and very "windows user" friendly.
Old 12-30-2004, 08:38 AM   #7
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Thanks for all replies !!

I installed giFT and apollon using your instructions and it works great!!!

THanks once again !!!!!


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