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Peer-to-peer distributed, existing systems

Looking at GNU Social which is likely to be centralized, sadly, I found a list of other projects, much more distributed, that raised interests, and I should have a deeper look at them soon… Most of them concern file-sharing, but not only…

The Circle is a peer-to-peer distributed file system written mainly in Python. It is based on the Chord distributed hash table (DHT).
> But too bad : Development on the Circle has ceased in 2004. However the source is still available 😉

CSpace provides a platform for secure, decentralized, user-to-user communication over the internet. The driving idea behind the CSpace platform is to provide a connect(user,service) primitive, similar to the sockets API connect(ip,port). Applications built on top of CSpace can simply invoke connect(user,service) to establish a connection.
> That is pretty similar to what I want to achieve with my current developments, but if the “user view” will be similar, the intricacies will be quite different…

Tahoe-LAFS is a secure, decentralized, data store. All of the source code is available under a choice of two Free Software, Open Source licences. This filesystem is encrypted and spread over multiple peers in such a way that it remains available even when some of the peers are unavailable, malfunctioning, or malicious.
> Yeah so thats done. At least there is something I will not try to do 🙂 Still need to test it though…

GNUnet is a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking that does not use any centralized or otherwise trusted services. A first service implemented on top of the networking layer allows anonymous censorship-resistant file-sharing. Anonymity is provided by making messages originating from a peer indistinguishable from messages that the peer is routing. All peers act as routers and use link-encrypted connections with stable bandwidth utilization to communicate with each other. GNUnet uses a simple, excess-based economic model to allocate resources. Peers in GNUnet monitor each others behavior with respect to resource usage; peers that contribute to the network are rewarded with better service.
> Too bad they focus only on file sharing…

The ANGEL APPLICATION (a subproject of MISSION ETERNITY) aims to minimize, and ideally eliminate, the administrative and material costs of backing up. It does so by providing a peer-to-peer/social storage infrastructure where people collaborate to back up each other’s data. Its goals are (in order of descending relevance to this project)
> File sharing…

You can call Netsukuku a “scalable ad-hoc network architecture for cheap self-configuring Internets”. Scalable ad-hoc network architectures give the possibility to build and sustain a network as large as the Internet without any manual intervention. Netsukuku adopts a modified distance vector routing mechanism that is well integrated in different layers of its hierarchical network topology.
> Ad-Hoc alternative network 🙂 interesting… I still want to use internet though…

Syndie is an open source system for operating distributed forums (Why would you use Syndie?), offering a secure and consistent interface to various anonymous and non-anonymous content networks.
> Only forums… mmm…

I also found a blog that seems interesting although I am pretty sure it is mostly Amazon centric : AllThingsDistributed.com
Might be worth to have a deeper look at to see what the big companies are coming up with…

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