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

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] [GSoC] GNUnet binary distribution system
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:29:53 -0400
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Pierre-Antoine Rault <address@hidden> writes:

> On 11/03/2014 04:35, Mark H Weaver wrote:

>> 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],

I specified "BitTorrent" because it would presumably simplify our
implementation to support only one protocol.

> and using BitTorrent in our case wouldn't have better performance
> than GNUnet's MESH.

Okay.  My suggestion was based on a guess that GNUnet's more ambitious
goals (e.g. providing anonymity) would entail a significant performance
cost compared with BitTorrent.  If that's not the case, then I see no
reason to use BitTorrent.  I'd certainly prefer to support GNUnet.


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