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Re: [GNUnet-developers] [GSoC] GNUnet binary distribution system

From: Pierre-Antoine Rault
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] [GSoC] GNUnet binary distribution system
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:59:51 +0100
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On 11/03/2014 04:35, Mark H Weaver wrote:
> Pierre-Antoine Rault <address@hidden> writes:
>> On 10/03/2014 22:09, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
>>> The initial discussion [0] left open the question of where 
>>> binaries themselves should be stored.  A possibility would be
>>> to use GNUnet’s DHT simply as a discovery mechanism, and then
>>> to establish a connection directly to the user’s machine, which
>>> would run, say, an HTTP server.
>> That's what I had in mind. Now, considered the post [2] by
>> Christian Grothoff, we might consider using either an HTTP server
>> for performance or GNUnet's MESH for anonymity (and security). We
>> should balance needs and ease of implementation.
>> [2]
> FWIW, I think it might be worthwhile to support BitTorrent magnet
> links as well, as a middle ground between these two extremes.  Most
> users will not be able to host binaries via HTTP; even if they have
> a server, the bandwidth requirements are hard to predict and likely
> to be too high.

I'm not sure to understand why you precise "BitTorrent" magnet links.
Magnet is a de-facto standard that is independant from BitTorrent [3]
[4], and using BitTorrent in our case wouldn't have better performance
than GNUnet's MESH. The only user case when BitTorrent might come in
handy is when one wants to download a binary (as one would download a
.deb) before manually installing it with guix ; i suppose this can
also be done through GNUnet. Then of course it's just a user case:
users might be more familiar with BitTorrent.


I hope this makes sense :)

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