A first look at RedSwoosh

Found RedSwoosh via Scoble. Decided it was cool enough to implement for Media|ConvergeSouth to help with alleviating the bandwidth costs that CarolinaNet provides for the server year around.


The nice things about RedSwoosh:

  • It’s practically zero thought for installation. You click the link, it brings your to the client if you don’t have it, you install a tiny client, and you’re back at the content without any problems.
  • It’s small in size and pretty good on cpu and memory.
  • It’s P2P like bittorrent with no setup on server-side except for redoing the link.

The terrible things about RedSwoosh:
  • It would really be better as an extension for Firefox instead of it’s own application.
  • No Mac or Linux support.
  • No documentation or anything locally to know to go to the Control Panel to turn on/off files for sharing.

All in all, it’s actually a great P2P server/client scenario. You can predeliver pieces and you depend on your users to help make the community a better place. While bittorrent is probably THE big dog on in the kennel, this might actually give BT a run for the money if they get the top things fixed up.
In the end, all of these technologies still have one single loophole. Copyright. It plagues YouTube, it plagues BT, and eventually it’ll also plague RedSwoosh. Hopefully RS makes it out before they get caught in the whole copyright issues.

  • Without Mac support it doesn’t exist for me.

  • Without Mac support it doesn’t exist for me.

  • Without Mac support it doesn’t exist for me.

  • I checked already with the developers. It actually just goes straight from the server as a download. Not terrible, but it’d be better as a 2-tiered push from all operating systems (server-users-> user).

  • I checked already with the developers. It actually just goes straight from the server as a download. Not terrible, but it’d be better as a 2-tiered push from all operating systems (server-users-> user).

  • darkmoon

    I checked already with the developers. It actually just goes straight from the server as a download. Not terrible, but it’d be better as a 2-tiered push from all operating systems (server-users-> user).