After more than six months, there is a new test version out of the filesharing program SoulSeek! Hooray for weird versioning by the way ‘NS 12d’ … the NS (new server) client offers numerous optimizations and bug fixes, and a fair number of new features over the original client. Both NS and original clients may be installed and run side by side. This app seems to have fallen off the radar of the big sites, since I’m one the first posting about this release 🙂 I still use it very often.
There’s an interesting posting from nir, the owner and operator of SoulSeek, on the forum:
well, i took the “test” out of the client’s name and renamed it NS (new server). i’ve also set the initial room join message on the main server to advertise it and sent an admin message to do the same. i understand your frustration regarding the two separate servers, but merging them is just not an option that’s technically available to us right now. the best i can recommend to you right now is to either use both clients at the same time, or use the new client by default and try the older one when you can’t find what you’re looking for. as for bots flooding, i can only recommend private rooms on the new server for now, and i’ll be adding selective private messaging features to the next NS client that will allow you to only receive PMs from friends and ask for confirmation (or ignore altogether) from anyone else. i would also like to address some of the anger regarding nicotine being a much better client. we have no problem with people using nicotine instead. i have no problem with someone else writing a better client. i’m not primarily a user-interface developer, i had to develop both the server and the client, and if another client makes better use of the network then so be it. if you’re happy with your third part client then more power to you. if you don’t want to support us by donating, for any reason including but not limited to not thinking we deserve to stay alive then that’s perfectly fine. enjoy the system for free, as 99.98% of you have for as long as soulseek’s been up. if it’s our time to go we will go quietly. i would also like to take this opportunity to address some of the lies that have been spread about our lifestyle and the money we make off soulseek. we live from hand to mouth. a few months ago we had to let go of sierracat, our system admin, despite his excellent work, because we could no longer afford his services. we are pretty heavily in debt. we are fighting a legal battle in france. we are not poor nor starving, but neither of us drives a fancy car nor could we begin to afford one if we wanted to. i don’t like discussing money issues, but i feel it necessary to defend ourselves from accusations that are, and have always been, patently untrue. with that, i would like to thank you all for using soulseek and making it a significant, if not hugely popular or successful experience. thanks, nir.