Is Rodi BitTorrent's Replacement?

Is Rodi BitTorrent's Replacement?

Summary: Rodi is a small-client P2P application, written in Java, that improves on BitTorrent by allowing both content searches and full anonymity. It's released under the General Public License (GNU).


Rodi PomegranateRodi is a small-client P2P application, written in Java, that improves on BitTorrent by allowing both content searches and full anonymity. It's released under the General Public License (GNU).  The client can be accessed here.

Even your IP address can be hidden using Rodi through a process called "bouncing." That is, if A wants a file from B, they get C to agree to stand-in on the exchange. B gets C's IP address, not A's. Through IP Spoofing A can even hide their identity from C.

Rodi can also be used from behind corporate firewalls and LANs using Network Address Translation (NATs), something most home gateways have.  

The person behind Rodi (the name means pomegranate in Greek) identifies himself only as LaryTet, an Israeli male living in Tel Aviv. He is publicizing his creation because he wants some help, both financial and technical, in making the user interface something that anyone can use.

Here is how he explained his situation to me:

Any help is greatly appreciated.

I am struggling to find beta testers. So far helped me here and there, but they are open source too, live from donations and have their own projects. Independent technical evaluation of the project would be nice too. I am not a network guru. I spent last 10 years in telecom.

If you decide to run "real-life" test you will need to arrange that. Contact me or post on or Planet Peer - guys there will help. Online docs are a mess of functional requirements/software requirements/design. Not everything you will find there is implemented and not everything is implemented as designed. In some places I used shortcuts to bring proof-of-concept fast. There is long thread on p2pforums.  

Despite all these advances, LaryTet does not believe p2p technologies will stay ahead of the Copyright Police. "It depends on how tolerant ISPs are going to be to the 'parasitic' traffic," he told Integrity P2P. "Traffic analyzers can be very effective. Enforcement of this or that policy is technologically possible today and getting cheaper and easier every minute." When ISPs are content owners -- as with AOL -- there is a huge financial incentive to control IP access centrally. " I guess that Rodi will not survive 10 years, but I hope that some ideas from Rodi will," he concludes.

Personally I agree with LaryTet's analysis. Faith in technology to trump the financial interests of the copyright industries is misplaced. I would much prefer a copyright compromise implemented through law, but right now a major political earthquake would be required for that to occur.

Meanwhile, the Copyright Wars continue, and Rodi is just the next weapon.

Topic: Legal

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  • Great..! Speaking of BitTorrent...

    Torrents for Linux distributions..! This was brought up in the BitTorrent search threads..
  • Sharing will continue...

    Be it via the telecom controlled internet of today or the wireless, omnipresent web of tomorrow (which hopefully will consist of a mesh of independent home-based nodes spread out across the world) sharing will not be stopped. The rich got richer in the past through their sale at bloated prices of their "protected" media, but in the future that will not be so. Sell a good product, with nice packaging, at a REASONABLE price (ie. no more will I spend 24.95 for a crap CD with one good song on it, if that, plus a bunch of filler) and you will have people who will buy it because of the fringe benefits and the status of owning the real cd. The old days are over, RIAA and MPAA - get over it. And get over yourselves.
  • Encrypted Clients?

    How far are we from creating Encrypted Peer to Peer Torrent Protocols that would make copyrighted data impossible to track.

    You could download a compressed set of encrypted files accross a secure connection and require a pass phrase or something of that nature to unlock it.

    All in all, I think the hardcore pirates can keep ahead of the curve as long as they don't make piracy so easy.
    • The problem with that, pointed out by Larytet

      The problem with your system is that you're still talking about big hunks of data, and many ISPs outside the U.S. have learned to close off ports used by p2p programs.

      Even if you run that data over port 25 (e-mail) or port 80 (web traffic) you're still going to be disgorging a big file, which ISP hardware will detect.

      Do it enough times and they're going to see a pattern.

      That's Larytet's view.
      • Solution to that, pointed out by Infamia

        Download legal stuff aswell. I doubt that they will close port 80 if you daily download some 400mb software demos.