Slashdot ran a story yesterday on the release of Shareaza v1.7 and the so-called Gnutella2 or “G2” protocol. Details are light on the Shareaza site, but there are more on Gnutella2.com. Adam Fisk of Limewire LLC seems to think G2 is just a marketing gimmick, and that it’s actually just a collection of previously proposed protocols (such as Limewire’s GUESS). Other people have said that the protocols in question were developed independently of GUESS, but are very similar. Regardless, at first glance this looks like a good step in the direction of making Gnutella a more scalable and mature P2P platform. I hope this proves to be the case.