My Inter Planetary File System

I’ve long found peer-to-peer networking interesting. Some time ago, I realized that in the context of peer-to-peer networks, libre licensed content has a compelling advantage over proprietary content. Sharing libre licensed works on a peer-to-peer network is clearly legal, while the situation for proprietary content is murky at best.

So, to experiment with a new (at least to me) peer-to-peer network, IPFS, I’ve set up node on my recently rented Scaleway (ARM-based) private server. You can find a few libre licensed songs I like at the link below. If it works out, I’ll add more down the road.

Update: The server is crashing. I’m not sure if the IPFS code, libraries, ARM Go port or what is to blame. Until further notice, the following URL is probably unreachable.

http://gateway.ipfs.io/ipns/QmaFrTsJm6fs2JQnb34e52AdzCA9C2Kxn6gjZEx3RXBNzk

I also wonder how difficult it would be to resurrect or build upon the DebTorrent effort, this time using IPFS. While I must admit ignorance on the details of how IPFS compares to BitTorrent, from what little I’ve read, IPFS uses many of the good ideas from BitTorrent while providing better backwards compatibility with the ubiquitously supported HTTP.

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