The rumors have been all over the place.. So, here is an official announcement..
We are going to be adding a new network to eMule. It will be serverless based on the Kademlia protocol.
Although there are other networks that use this protocol (Overnet), we are not joining that network.
1) Sources will not be lost. Overnet is already merged with ED2K with the eDonkey Hybrid client. The new network will still be merged with the ED2K network in our client the same way. Source exchange will allow all networks to be utilized no matter which your connected to.
2) Overnet's protocol is not open to the public. Therefore debugging our protocol to match theirs would be more difficult. We felt that if we weren't 100% compatable, we were not going to join the network.
3) Using Overnet's protocol would give us no chance of improving it. Any changes to improve it would render the two clients incompatible..
We started our first very small private test today.. It seems to be going well..
The new network may not be enabled for firewalled users at first. If this is the case, support for firewalled users will soon follow..
We do not have a name for the new network yet. Although we have ideas, it would be nice for some more ideas. We want the new name to involve the word Mule or at least imply the word Mule..
There are a few more tweaks to the protocol before a public beta release.. We will try to make the first public release small just to see how it handles. If that goes well, we will make a big annoucement here..