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Holy crap that was fast.

1) Nullsoft seems to have pulled WASTE off their website (perhaps AOL freaked out again?). I changed the link in the post to go to a mirror of the front page.
2) Someone has ported waste to linux (this morning it was only for FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows)


I had downloaded the windows binary, here it is: WASTE for Windows. I imagine the original WASTE site will be mirrored all over the web in moments...


Here's a post on /. relevant to setting it up on linux. Linux Port configuration.

I think the post is saying basically to create the necessary default.pr* files on a windows machine and copy them over.

I've compiled it but I haven't tried to get it running on linux yet.

Doesn't it feel like in the last 4-5 months the Net has gotten exciting again? It feels like the mid 90's.


I have the UNIX source and Windows exe at my web site


from kiwi_uk, p2p links for the windows binary.

magnet link:

(see Shareaza)

eDonkey link:

Dav Coleman

Well, Nullsoft has replaced the orignal WASTE release site with a notice which states:
An unauthorized copy of Nullsoft's copyrighted software was briefly posted on this website on or about Wednesday May 28, 2003. The software was identified as "WASTE" (the "Software") and includes the files "waste-setup.exe", "waste-source.zip", "waste-source.tar.gz" and any additional files contained in these files.

Nullsoft is the exclusive owner of all right, title and interest in the Software. The posting of the Software on this website was not authorized by Nullsoft.

If you downloaded or otherwise obtained a copy of the Software, you acquired no lawful rights to the Software and must destroy any and all copies of the Software, including by deleting it from your computer. Any license that you may believe you acquired with the Software is void, revoked and terminated.

Any reproduction, distribution, display or other use of the Software by you is unauthorized and an infringement of Nullsoft's copyright in the Software as well as a potential violation of other laws.

Therefore I have removed my copies of WASTE and any links to my copies above won't work.


wich notice?
I did'nt see any notice


Yeh.. I saw this and knew I needed the program. Fuck you aol.


We should all burn this program to 10,000 cdroms and snail mail them to AOL every day.


From the NY Times:

June 2, 2003

File-Sharing Program Slips Out of AOL Offices

AOL Time Warner is trying to stop the spread of new software released by its Nullsoft division, whose founder and lead programmer, Justin Frankel, is known for leaking his work onto the Internet and causing headaches for his employer.

full article:


I have put up a small mirror site for waste using a mirror kit. You can check it out at

The software was originally released under GPL, so AOL can't modify the licence whatever they say.


This is great but I am having one @#$@%&* of a time getting it up and running. Can someone that is not associated with the evil empires give me a hand?


There is a waste forum at http://www.str8dog.com/?f=32

wanda tinasky

Someone at Nullsoft is definitely a Pynchon fan. Check out the bios on the WinAmp website - "prolly"? It's, like, Darryl-Louise in Vineland!


Hey folks,
Like one user said, this software was released under GPL so AOL is f&&cked. We need to seriously spread this, it's going to take over Grokster and Kazaa. Now I just need to find a private network to join. Anyone have an IP for me?
email me at thedeeman@hotmail.com, let's get going.




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