The Internet community loved the application and its principle, and Gnutella spread like wildfire. Various programmers have gotten together, porting the application to different OSes and improving the code. Many people point to Gnutella's superiority to Napster, as there is no centrally based server, no certain party to sue or shut down. Just like the first ideas of the Internet itself, Gnutella is designed to be harder to disable, legally (in this case) or technically (via servers). So the only way to fight it is with more technology. Some predict SDMI will be a savior for the record industry, but lone programmers always seem to be one step ahead. Maybe record companies themselves are no longer needed by musicians, as the Internet and computers can help better distribute their music and, with future developments, enable them to get the profits they deserve instead of the greedy record companies.