The MP2P network is the work of Pablo Soto
associated Optisoft company in P2P friendly Spain.
Based loosely on the Gnutella network, Pablo
created one of the most successful file-sharing networks.
The shareholders of this community, Optisoft; and Pablo Soto, the lone developer, saw different visions for Blubster.
The inability for the two sides to reconcile their visions led to Pablo's departure in late 2002.
The exact details of this split are unclear, however it's widely believed Optisoft was pushing for a more commercialized product, while Pablo
was looking to keep such commercialism to a minimum.
Optisoft retained the right to distribute Blubster by purchasing the licensing rights to the MP2P technology.
Out of the Optisoft picture yet still in control of the underlying technology, Pablo went on to found Piolet (pronounced Pee-oh-lay) on January 3, 2003.
Rather, personal health problems in 2005 prevented Pablo
from concentrating on his
nearly five year old project.
Healthy again in 2006, Pablo
has reinvigorated the MP2P project.
MP2P fans were surprised this week to see the Piolet
.com homepage renovated, with the release of a new product: Manolito
Currently, the Manolito client contains no appreciable differences from the latest version of Piolet
Many changes are coming however, as Pablo
now has a team of developers working on the project with him.
In addition, the Manolito homepage promises "anonymity" for the end user - details of which should be released by the development team soon.