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Real Life Slows Things Down

so I’ve been trying to get some much needed re-writing and updating done on my Freenet page (http://peculiarplace.com/freenet).  Things like bring instructions up to date, replace old screenshots on the Frost page with new ones taken from the current version of Frost…finish the new page for the Freesite Insertion Wizard and more.

The problem is that this imaginary thing called “real life” (imagine that) keeps interfering with my efforts to get things done.  As a result progress is slower than I would like.  However there has been some progress so keep an eye on those pages over this next week.  I am hoping to have most of those three pages done by then and get some work done on some more freenet stuff as well.

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Having recently announced the release of build 5110, the first new build of Freenet Classic Opennet (FCon) in well over two years it has occurred to me that it would be a good idea to put together a brief walkthrough of the installation process.

Because I’m a windows user and have never installed it on a Linux machine these directions are specifically for windows.  When I am able to I’ll do another walkthrough for Linux.

Freenet’s hardware requirements are, in modern terms, pretty mild.


400MHz Pentium 2, with at least 192MB of RAM.

1GHz or more processor with 256MB RAM or more.

As you can see most modern computers will far exeed these requirements.


Back around 2004 I actually managed to run freenet on a 200mhz Pentium with only 64mb of ram running Windows 98.  It was very slow and sluggish but it worked enough to view freesites or use FIW to insert new editions of freesites

On my laptop with a 2.1ghz cpu and 2gb of ram I am able to run Freenet while running cpu intensive tasks like rendering high definition video and neither process will suffer any noticeable performance drop at all.

These steps should work the same on Windows 98, xp, and seven.  Windows Vista will probably be more of a pain but I don’t have a vista machine to test on.

1 get or already have Java JRE 7 from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp

2 download the distribution archive at this url:


and extract the archive to c:\freenet (or whatever directory you want.  I’m using c:\freenet for this example.)

3 use a plain text editor like notepad to edit flaunch.ini change the JavaExec= and Javaw= lines to point to where java.exe and javaw.exe are located. If you used the default install they will probably be in C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.7\bin\

4 edit freenet.ini

*note* remove the % from the beginning of any line you edit or freenet will ignore the change

You only need to edit these entries:


If freenet cannot determine your IP address by itself, you will need to set it here.


the port number that freenet will use to listen for incoming connections from other freenet nodes. You can change this to any number you like as long as it’s higher than 1024 and lower than 65535.  Do not use the same port number as another application


The size of the local data store.  The more space you allocate here the better.  It defaults to one gigabyte (1G) however you can increase this to however much space you can spare.

At this point you can save freenet.ini and close the editor.  It’s very likely that you could never need to edit this file again.

4-a make sure that incoming TCP traffic on listenport is forwarded to the computer freenet is running on (see your router or firewall docs for how to do this)

4-b optional (but very convenient), get a http://dyn.com/dns/dyndns-free/ domain name & use dynupdate to keep it pointed at your IP address, then put that name in ipaddress in freenet.ini

5 create a shortcut to “freenet.exe” and put it on your desktop, program menu or if you want freenet to start when the computer boots, put the shortcut in the “StartUp” entry of the program menu.

Double click on the freenet.exe shortcut to start freenet.  When Freenet starts, you’ll see the blue rabbit icon in your system tray by the clock.  Right-Click on it to start and stop Freenet.

To open the Freenet web interface you can either double click on the rabbit icon in the system tray, right click and select “open gateway” or just type into your web browser.

*NOTE* The “Configure” option on that right click menu will try to run a utility called “Nodeconfig.exe” You are infinitely better off to simply stop freenet temporarily and edit freenet.ini yourself instead.  In most cases editing that file will be a VERY rare need.  Once Freenet is working you may well never need to edit it.

Because in my experience the “Nodeconfig.exe” utility has caused more problems than it’s worth by overwriting perfectly good freenet.ini files when all I wanted to do was tweak a setting I have elected not to include it in this distribution.

As a result, clicking “configure” will result in an error message because the program isn’t there.  Just dismiss the error message and use a plain text editor like notepad to edit freenet.ini directly.

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FCon Build 5110 Is Now Available

[Edit June 8, 2012: The Freenet 0.5 network is effectively dead (see this post for details).  While you are welcome to try to make this software work and revitalize it, I know of no currently operating nodes.  If you DO get a useable network up and running, DO let me know.]

A long overdue new build of FCon (Freenet Classic Opennet a.k.a. Freenet 0.5) is now finally available. 

This is largely a maintenance build that should have been done a couple of years ago.  The default bookmarks have been updated and certain links & email addresses have been replaced with new ones.  The old ones pointed to the 0.7.5 fork of freenet which has almost nothing to do with this 0.5 version.

**Note** In order to use this build You will need Java JRE 7, which you can get at this URL:

If you are new to Freenet (Welcome!) This is the main distribution archive:

If you are simply upgrading an existing node you will need these two files:

freenet-stable-latest.jar and freenet-ext.jar

The source code for this build is here:


Other downloads:

Frost: Bulletin board and filesharing software that serves as the main public text messaging system within freenet.


It is also included in freenet-0.5-build-5110.zip.  Source code for Frost is located in the “source” sub directory of the frost Directory

If you’re starting up a new node you will need one of these




They all contain the same data, the .Zip and .bz2 files are compressed to make the download quicker.  Use whichever flavor best suits your setup.

Technorati Tags: anonymous publishing, freedom of speech online, freenet 0.5, anti-censorship, freedom of speech, internet, privacy, fcon, anonymity, censorship, freenet classic opennet, encryption, update, censorship proof, freenet

Freenet 0.5 News: Build 5110 soon to be released

I have heard it said several times over the last few years that Freenet 0.5, known as Freenet Classic Opennet, is dead.

This is untrue.

As a matter of fact, freenet 0.5 is once again being developed.  I have started learning Java programming specifically so that I can contribute a much needed new update of freenet 0.5 and within a couple of weeks I expect to have the first new build (5110) available for download.

Because I’m just getting started with Java this first new build will mostly be a long overdue maintenance build.  The default bookmarks will be updated and some very old code that directs people to the original freenetproject.org site will be updated to point to equivalent pages on my freenet site.  This is because the developers at freenetproject.org no longer support or have anything to do with 0.5.  Instead they’re devoting their efforts to 0.7.x, a branch of freenet that I and many others have long mis-trusted for an assortment of reasons which I won’t go into now because I’m not up to writing a long post right now.

Instead I’ll address the biggest concerns in a series of upcoming posts.

In the meantime I’ll be working on 5110 and will announce here and on the Frost boards when it’s available.

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43 Companies that Support Censoring The Internet

Last Tuesday (1/18/11) some 43 companies got together and sent a letter to the US Attorney General Eric holder & John Morton of ICE.  It was also cc’d to Vice President Joe Biden, Janet Naplitano of Homeland Security, the IP czar Victoria Espinel (I don’t know about you but I can’t help thinking how UN-American it is to have ANY government position called “czar”!!), Representatives Lamar Smith and John Conyers, Senators Patrick Leahy and Charles Grassley.

This letter was all about saying how they were in support of the seizure of domain names that they don’t like and of course, the new COICA censorship bill.

Never mind the fact that there are some extremely serious Constitutional issues involved here.  Like how these seizures violate the principles of freedom of speech and a little thing called due process.  Instead, these companies are working to present the idea that censoring the internet is some kind of good idea.  Apparently they think the Constitution doesn’t apply to them when they find a website they don’t like.

This is the list of companies that would rather violate your rights of free speech and due process instead of doing the work needed to just do things right and OMG, actually compete in marketing and actually come up with ways to deal with changes in the marketplace.

Here it is, the list of companies that do not deserve one cent of your business

Achushnet – Fairhaven, MA
Activision – Santa Monica, CA
Adidas Group – Portland, OR
Anderson Merchandisers – Amarillo, TX
Beam Global – Deerfield, IL
Big Machine Records – Nashville, TN
Burberry Limited – New York, NY
Callaway – Carlsbad, CA
Chanel USA – New York, NY
Cleveland Golf – Huntington Beach, CA
Columbia Sportswear Company – Portland, OR
Concord Music Group – Beverly Hills, CA
Coty Inc. – New York, NY
Curb Music Publishing – Nashville, TN
D’Addario and Company – Farmingdale, NY
EDGE Entertainment Distribution – Streetsboro, OH
Farouk Systems, Inc. – Houston, TX
Fortune Brands – Deerfield, IL
Hastings Entertainment, Inc. – Amarillo, TX
Lightening Entertainment/Mainline Releasing – Santa Monica, CA
Louis Vuitton – New York, NY
Major League Baseball – New York, NY
Monster Cable Products, Inc. – Brisbane, CA
National Basketball Association – New York, NY
National Football League – New York, NY
NBC Universal – New York, NY
Nike – Beaverton, OR
Nu Image, Inc. – Los Angeles, CA
Oakley, Inc. – Foothill Ranch, CA
PING – Phoenix, AZ
Rosetta Stone – Arlington, VA
Sierra Pictures – Beverly Hills, CA
The Collegiate Licensing Company/IMG College – Atlanta, GA
The Little Film Company – Studio City, CA
Tiffany and Co. – New York, NY
Timberland – Stratham, NH
Trans World Entertainment Corporation – Albany, NY
True Religion Apparel, Inc. – Vernon, CA
Viacom – New York, NY
Village Roadshow Pictures – Beverly Hills, CA
Voltage Pictures LLC – Los Angeles, CA
Worldwide Film Entertainment LLC – Westchester, CA
Xerox – Norwalk, CT

Since these companies don’t seem to appreciate the fact that here in America we have constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and due process and would rather just sidestep those issues, I think that it is only appropriate if we American consumers make it a point to sidestep doing business with any of them.

I have to say that it’s also interesting that not very many who talked about this letter were willing to post a copy of the full letter.  I’m glad to note however that there are at least a couple of people, by Mike Masnick at techdirt.com and Greg Sandoval at News.com who did post it.

I’m joining them in posting the full text of it here:

We run companies large and small that represent diverse aspects of America’s intellectual property community. While our employees live in different regions of the country, and work to produce a variety of goods and services, they have several important things in common – they work hard, they are committed to quality and innovation and they welcome competition. However, allowing others to unfairly compete by stealing the ideas, innovations and intellectual property rights created by our employees cannot be tolerated. This theft diminishes our ability to keep and create jobs, and makes it far more difficult to attract the capital needed to invest in new products and services. In order to protect our free enterprise system, and the standard of living it has contributed to our nation, it is critical that we multiply our efforts to identify and punish the criminals who steal what we create and produce.

Thus, we appreciate the effort and energy behind Operation in Our Sites. The actions announced on November 29, 2010 once again demonstrated that, just as in the physical world, prosecutors and courts can judiciously assess evidence and distinguish between legitimate businesses and criminal enterprises that flout the law and profit from the ingenuity of others. We believe that the online marketplace can only work for consumers and creators if there is respect for property rights and the rule of law – and urge you to continue to act against the kinds of domains that you have targeted. Unfortunately, there are far too many sites stealing from our businesses but we believe that your efforts will drive consumers to the many legitimate online ventures and services that we have worked hard to foster and support.

We encourage you to work with your colleagues in the Administration and the Congress toward enactment of the principles central to S. 3804 – the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. The legislation crafted by Senators Leahy and Hatch was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and will undoubtedly be reintroduced this congress. The proposal expounds upon the law enforcement techniques at the heart of “Operation In Our Sites” and will ensure that rogue sites cannot evade U.S. jurisdiction by escaping offshore to foreign-based registrars, registries and country codes in order to peddle stolen American intellectual property back into the U.S. market. In addition, the Leahy-Hatch proposal provides an entirely new level of protection for U.S. rights holders by establishing the legal framework necessary to disrupt the business models of the illicit, offshore sites by starving them of the financing, advertising and access to consumers upon which they depend. The carefully balanced measure would allow American law enforcement officials and U.S. courts to deny thieves the ability to use the Internet to enter the U.S. market and undermine our businesses while reaping financial gain for themselves.

We hope that you will continue dedicating resources to Operation in Our Sites and work toward the Obama Administration’s endorsement of the Leahy-Hatch legislation.

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