So it seems like Bittorrent support for Firefox is one of those projects, like a graphical XUL editor, which seems to have some sort of jinx. There have been at least three attempts made, the last one backed by a $4000 Google Summer of Code bounty, and still there’s not even an extension I can install to do Bittorrent downloads natively. (Although the Ubuntu helper app I discovered recently does a creditably simple job.) At this rate, we’ll run out of names for Bittorrent/Mozilla projects before we get one which produces something. :-(
Meanwhile, Opera are stepping up to the plate. Kudos to them, but we really should have been first.
Then again, I guess if AllPeers are doing it (although we haven’t seen any source from them, they have promised that their code will be released under a licence “broadly similar to the Mozilla Public License”) do we need any independent implementations?
Well, it’s my view that Bittorrent support needs to be part of core Firefox. And for that to happen, we need an implementation under a licensing scheme compatible with the mozilla.org tri-licence. AllPeers may be that, although “similar” rather implies “not the same”; but if it’s not, a Firefox Bittorrent is still needed.
Anyone want to have a fourth go?