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MUTE protects your privacy by avoiding direct connections with your sharing partners in the network. Most other file sharing programs use direct connections to download or upload, making your identity available to spies from the RIAA and other unscrupulous organizations.

Ants display collectively intelligent behavior when foraging for food or fighting off predators. Each ant in the colony acts in a rather simple way, but together they end up doing something clever, like discovering the shortest path between their ant hill and a food source. MUTE's routing mechanism is inspired by ant behavior.

MUTE is based on research, and experiments show that it works quite well. MUTE's ant-inspired routing is light-weight, robust, and adaptive. Results from experiments in real MUTE networks show that the collective behavior of MUTE nodes quickly finds the shortest (or fastest) routing path between two nodes on the network.

"The RIAA just started bullying Internet users, but they've been bullying musicians for decades. By refusing to pay for major label (RIAA) music, we can usher in a more fair music business and keep the Internet free (as in freedom)."
--Holmes Wilson
Read more at Downhill Battle...


MUTE is being researched and developed by Jason Rohrer.

Research ideas are discussed from time to time with Martin Roth, who does research on swarm intelligence at Cornell University.

Maarten Maathuis (madman2003) manages SourceForge bug reports and feature requests.

Evan Lee runs a MUTE GWebCache.

French website translation by RemChe.

MUTE has been developed almost entirely using free software tools. Even on a closed platform like Windows, builds were made with the free MinGW and MSYS toolsets. All graphics were designed using free software packages like The Gimp and Dia.

The previous work of the following people made MUTE development possible (or at least a lot easier):

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