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Dabbling in IPFS

This morning I attempted to publish an audio clip onto dSound and failed because I did not have IPFS installed on my system or my network.

In the past, I have tried to upload a few things to d.Tube and also failed there, not realizing that I needed to install IPFS for that as well.

I have heard a lot of other people complain about not being able to use d.Tube and I don’t see many folks talking about why that is. There are a lot of people using d.Tube and dSound; are they all figuring this out and not saying much while the rest of us wonder what the hell is going on?

It’s hard to believe that is the case, but it sure seems like it.

As a person that is practically obsessed with decentralized technology, particularly in respect to communications and our networks, I have been aware of and interested in IPFS for a while now, but I never have used it or explored it much before now.

Installing IPFS is pretty easy.

All you have to do is follow the simple instructions. If you can open a terminal and copy and paste a couple of lines of commands, you can do it.

Now, I know most of us are geeks and that is fine with most of us, but clearly this needs to be transparent for the majority of the regular users out there. @dSound says they are working on making the integration of IPFS easier, so I’m sure they will get there, but this is the kind of kink we need to work out as soon as possible.

The rest of the world does not like to have to do stuff.

You can even monitor the IPFS server with the built in information app.

Sweat dreams

I used to be involved with cjdns. If you don’t know what that is, I’ll just say it is an attempt to decentralize and encrypt network communications.

The reason I have been interested in these kinds of technologies for my personal use has always been to be able to host my own media (website, video, etc) in a distributed and peer-to-peer manner. The advantage of cjdns is that all links are encrypted from each point. It is a very secure protocol, but missing the distributed nature of IPFS. Technically, IPFS can be run on top of cjdns, but that is a long way down the road and a topic for later discussion.

I know some people have been working on creating sites on IPFS, so I think I will be trying to look into that sometime in the future.

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