I think you're making a mistake in forcing new people into the beta test
freenet 0.7 instead of the established 0.5.

You're forgetting how _highly_ someone new has to be motivated to try
freenet, even version 0.5 which works and is not a beta test. Let's think
about what would motivate someone...

I remember when I found freenet, I installed it spent hours reading over the
technical jargon.
It was incredible slow. I removed it thinking this is a pile of crap that
does not work.

Only a few months later, did I again bother to go through this
complicated process and after waiting for three days with it on, it finally
started working.

The reason I spent many hours and went back after throwing it out once, was
because I was _highly motivated_ for the anonymity and content.

Here's the problem:

If 0.7 doesn't offer the anonymity and the content, plus it's an unstable
beta test, 
why would anyone new bother to join the community? 

Do you think people are nice enough to offer their time and computers to
beta test some random highly technical peer to peer application that
completely hogs your computer's resources?

The problem with freenet (even 0.5) is, it just isn't user friendly.
A person who just stumbles on freenet does not know if it's actually going
to work. After seeing how slow it is, most people, like myself will just get
rid of it, not bothering to learn all the configurations, frost, fuqid, etc.

If you took the time to create a simple, down-to-earth website and install
program without all the technical jargon, you would double or triple your
user base.

The only NEW users you're going to get to freenet 0.7 are going to be
peer-to-peer programming enthusiasts. And how many of those are there that
don't know about freenet already?

So instead of scaring all potential freenet users away, It would be wiser to
just ask members of the freenet community to do the beta testing, and create
a nice user friendly website for 0,5 until 0,7 is working. Even I would be
willing to help create this website, and I'm sure many other people also
would volunteer.

Best Regards,


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