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BeShare offline - possible BeOS source tree leak

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 08 Oct, 2001 @ 10:06 PM
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Beshare’s primary server, beshare.bentonrea.com, is now offline permenantly. This was mainly due to the maintainer of the server, Ben, being tired of trying to prevent software piracy through his freely provided system. In the past, anti-piracy warning messages on the server have gotten more and more extreme, as certain people have leaked betas and pirated copies of applications through the system. Recently however, Ben says he simply hasn’t had the time to “baby-sit” the server and prevent abuses. This goes to show, if you have something good, don’t abuse it. It can easily be taken away.

The rumor is that someone shared the BeOS source code, which resulted in immediate termination of the server. I do not have confirmation of this, but it would definately be grounds for the server’s closure. Many have wished for the code in the past, and if rumors are true, that wish was granted. But the source is useless (as its illegal to use, and perhaps to even have), and the leak resulted in the loss of one of the best beos resources around. Like the subtitle says above, be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

I personally have used BeShare an awful lot in the past, and quite enjoyed the application, and the server. Ben is a great guy, who put a lot of time into providing a great free resource. It’s a shame to see it go because people could not respect that contribution. I want to thank Ben for the time the server was online, and for his efforts to make it great. It was fun while it lasted. Meanwhile, BeShare itself is by no means useless. There are several other servers listed in the release which are still functioning. So try using one of them in the future.. and from now on, maybe a bit more respect and consideration can be given to the maintainers wishes.

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