There are thousands of nodes on the 0.5 network with a lot of content and 
active conversations on the Frost board.  We would welcome you.

On Wednesday 23 August 2006 05:51, diddler4u at wrote:
> I'm new to Freenet and have been watching the discussion about version 0.5
> vs 0.7. I'm not sure what is meant when the 0.5 advocates talk about
> OpenNet, so could someone enlighten me? I went to the Freenet site hoping
> to find information related to 0.5, even in the WIKI, but it now only
> contains information about 0.7.
> I have dedicate an unmonitored Windows XP Pro machine and 1/3 of my
> bandwidth to Freenet. I downloaded and installed 0.7, a no brainer, and got
> it running, but had no nodes to connect to. I had to know another Freenet
> user, preferably someone I knew and trusted, and manually establish a
> connection to them, and they in turn had to have established a connection
> to someone else. Since I know absolutely no other person who is running
> Freenet I had to learn how to use IRC Chat so I could ask someone if I
> could connect to them. These connections are my sole points of contact to
> Freenet. I have no idea how 0.5 handles finding nodes. I don't know who
> these people are. For all I know they could be individuals living on the
> other side of town, the country, or the world and they could just as easily
> be members of MI5, FBI, CIA, or any number of other organizations who
> monitor and track messages on the internet. I do know their IP address, and
> they know mine. I tried to find some people who run 24/7 since having a PC
> dedicated to Freent fulltime, without having someone who is also on 24/7 is
> not worth much.
> I have 7 people who have exchanged node information with me. Of the 7
> nodes, none are currently connected to me, and if I understand the
> information, the last to go offline did so more than 14 hours ago. I can
> wait to see if they come back online, or I can go back into the IRC chat
> and try to find new nodes. I absolutely hate having to spend time in IRC
> chat trying to get people to exchange connection information with me. I
> have better things to spend my time on, and if Freenet wants my machine and
> bandwidth it's going to have to make sure it stays connected.
> Freenet should have me put in a single node, any node, even one found on
> IRC chat, and spider the rest of Freenet establishing and making new
> connection to ensure it stays connected, or it should do something else to
> automatically establish connections. At any rate, once that connection is
> made, Freenet should randomly move my connections throughout the Freenet. I
> should never have hard and firm connections. By 'floating' my connections
> throughout Freenet it can honestly be said I don't know who I'm connected
> to and am simply a node in a collective whole.
> I'm going to continue to watch the forum and see how things progress. I'll
> leave my current 0.7 Freenet installed and over the coming weeks decide
> whether to continue, remove and install 0.5, or just shut down completely.
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