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BearSharev6 (6.2) is a different program than the well-known Windows gnutella servent. the "v6" and up versions are actually a version of iMesh which has been adapted for music sales and rental using proprietary Microsoft DRM and with some social networking features added to round out the package.


See the notes for background and the main obstacle to running this version in Wine / And remember to file those bug reports.

Application Details:

Version: v6 (6.2)
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.6

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Installation works

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Earlier versions
Some tweaking needed, maybe?

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Additional Comments

Maybe some tweaking needed to get it working? It installs fine, starts up ok, then a few seconds later it disappears. :(

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 13 20081.1.6Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 

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HowTo / Notes


"BearShare" versions "v6" and up, released since Free Peers was shut down in the summer of 2005, are not the original gnutella servent at all; rather they are proprietary iMesh clones which limit user choice and employ Microsoft DRM to lock users into a monthly payment plan and requiring payment for each track burned to a CD.

 As the DRM is proprietary to Microsoft (and keyed to a P2P-hostile company in this case), these versions will never be allowed to work in WINE or any operating system not provided by Microsoft.

Background and the main challenge in getting this to work in WINE
The most obvious sticking point for this and later versions along the iMesh/DRM based line is the DRM implementation itself, which is somewhat invasive to the registry and includes some proprietary system files which may depend on undocumented hooks in the Windows operating system.‌‌‪‌‪‬

So far no-one has been able to make it work in Wine and in truth there has been little or no motivation to try because this version, unlike BearShare versions 5 and earlier, is not compatible with any open P2P (peer-to-peer) network.‌‌‌‌‪‌‪‬

The company is well known as hostile to open and publicly available P2P networks and the people involved with them, having been used by the RIAA to capture and neutralize iMesh and Free Peers (BearShare) and then proceeding to take over the Shareaza and lPhant domains to replace the web sites and software with their own in an openly hostile attempts to remove people from P2P networks and capture them in a closed network of their own; subsequently creating an artificial market to which they are the sole vendor.‌‌‪‌‪‬

Regardless of the resulting lack of motivation and the unpopular nature of the program and it's authors, the problem of getting this complicated DRM regime to work in Wine should prove to reveal some of the inner workings of Microsoft DRM technology and possibly lead to the discovery of useful undocumented calls in Windows and Windows Media codecs that may prove helpful in pushing forward the development of Wine and breaking through obstacles that may have prevented full compatibility with some other media-related applications.


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