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Ubuntu Jaunty Wireless and RT61PCI

I upgraded to Jaunty yesterday and again had to struggle with my wireless. This time, it wasn't necessary to install a new kernel module. Instead, I just needed to remove Network Manager and set up wpa_supplicant . Here's my new /etc/network/interfaces that I configured for my WPA2 PSK AES TLA network. auto wlan0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp wpa-driver wext wpa-conf managed wpa-ssid myssid wpa-ap-scan 1 wpa-proto RSN wpa-pairwise CCMP wpa-group CCMP wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK wpa-psk mypsk With that, all I needed to do was sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart .
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OneSwarm is what I've been waiting for!

OneSwarm is a friend-to-friend (F2F) file sharing network built on BitTorrent and SSL. This is an idea I've been tossing around for awhile and now, I'm happy to say, I don't have to write it myself. Here are the main selling points: Open source. Hooray! Cross platform. OneSwarm is written in Java and they have binaries for OS X, Windows, and Linux. Friend-to-friend. I'm not interested in sharing with the world, just amongst my friends. BitTorrent based transfers. That means swarming for common files shared among your friends. My previous F2F client WASTE doesn't offer that. Point to point SSL encryption. I feel much better about SSL than the encryption scheme used by WASTE. Google Talk integration. OneSwarm piggybacks key distribution over GTalk. That really makes life easy. Web interface. It lends itself to remote administration. I've only just started using it, so I'll post again with my experiences later.
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