dr at jones.dk
Tue Jun 21 19:56:49 UTC 2011
On 11-06-21 at 02:48pm, William Gardella wrote:
> Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk> writes:
> > On 11-06-21 at 02:16pm, William Gardella wrote:
> >> Matthew Evans <mattevans123 at hotmail.com>
> >> writes:
> >> > I could, for example, imagine a chat server deployed by a person
> >> > in a restrictive country. From the perspective of the chat server
> >> > owner their service is running locally on their own Freedom box,
> >> > however in actual fact it would be running on a Freedom box in
> >> > another country.
> >> Off the top of my head, ejabberd is a prominent, distributed
> >> Erlang-based chat server project, and already in debian-stable. It
> >> could probably be used, e.g., to allow users on a wireless mesh
> >> network in the censored country to reach a node of the jabber
> >> server, which would then be connected to other nodes abroad via a
> >> VPN...
> > I know about ejabberd. I use it on several servers.
> > I am unaware, however, how ejabberd can be (internally Erlang-like,
> > not using standard XMPP protocol) distributed across multiple
> > FreedomBoxes.
> > Information on how to do that would be quite interesting. For me,
> > perhaps others here as well, and most likely also for the Debian
> > maintainer of ejabberd!
> I was able to find this interesting article about clustering in an
> "erlangy" way, using synchronized Erlang mnesia databases.
> Does this look like something that could be boiled down into a nice
> little script, provided the admin of node #1 made the ejabberd cookie
> file and mnesia database available to other FBs?
I agree that it seems possible to automate with a small script. Or
better: To integrate with Debian package install routines.
But I begin to realize why this might not be interesting at all for
FreedomBox: It seems to require *full* trust across the board. Not a
good security design: Even two sisters may have secrets for each other.
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