[Freedombox-discuss] Quick report from GETD

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 09:36:16 UTC 2015

On 5 April 2015 at 05:28, Markus Sabadello <markus at projectdanube.org> wrote:

>  We used Henry's server: https://github.com/read-write-web/rww-play
> It seems a bit heavy for a little box and could probably be optimized a
> bit, but in general it worked very well for us.
> I am interested in trying GOLD as well! They should be compatible, right..

Thanks, I know that repo.

Yes GOLD is compatible with LDP.  It passes all the tests on the spec.  For
those that dont know LDP stands for "Linked Data Platform".  Linked Data is
pseudonym for semantic web / web of data / web3.0 etc.  The "Platform" is
essentially a web server that exposes a file server to the web, with some
meta data, modeled on the UNIX principles.  It became a W3C recommendation
about 1 month ago, and has about 10 different implementations, and an
interoperability test suite.

GOLD it also has a few other features such as support for websockets, to
allow realtime updates, modular authentication, access control lists and
JSON LD.  In some sense it's pre guessing what will go into the next
version of the spec, but given that it's coming from Tim Beners-Lee's team
at MIT, and Tim is director of the W3C those guesses should be quite good

GOLD was a complete rewrite of the PHP version, written in Go for
performance and async properties.  It runs on a raspberry pi quite well Im
told.  We're starting to see the first alpha apps for this platform, and Im
encouraged.  Apps are generally modular 100% client side JS apps, that can
run from any location, including your own storage / file system, giving you
extra control and freedom.  We'd like to converge with friendly projects
such as unhosted and owncloud, and communication channels are open, but
realistically convergence takes time.

One thing I have not worked out for freedombox is how to connect my storage
to the web e.g. using dynamic dns over https.  If anyone has a solution to
this, or any ideas, I'd be interested to hear.

> Markus
> Am 4/4/2015 um 6:05 PM schrieb Melvin Carvalho:
> On 4 April 2015 at 20:17, Markus Sabadello <markus at projectdanube.org>
> wrote:
>>  Hello,
>> We concluded the GETD event this week:
>> http://get-d.net/get-decentralized-san-francisco-bay-area-spring-2015/
>> I brought several of my CubieTruck-based FreedomBox prototypes.
>> It turned out to be not so much a hackathon with a lot of developers,
>> rather it was a smaller gathering with presentations and workshops and
>> people from various backgrounds.
>> So unfortunately we didn't really get to work on any of the TODO items
>> that Sunil has put together.
>> German startup Jolocom <http://jolocom.com/>, who convened the event,
>> showed a demo of a mobile app where you can navigate a distributed semantic
>> data graph (using RDF / Linked Data technology).
>> So we installed a Linked Data server on the FreedomBoxes, and that was
>> the main focus of the event.
>  Sounds very interesting, thanks for sharing.  I think linked data is a
> good match for freedombox.  Which server did you install, I've been testing
> GOLD [1] quite extensively lately, and am pleased with the results.  Would
> love to hear your impressions.
> [1] https://github.com/linkeddata/gold -- GOLD -- Go Linked Data server.
>>  We also had participation from RiotOS <http://riot-os.org/>, with some
>> discussion how data from the Internet of Things could be controlled via a
>> FreedomBox.
>> I also had the pleasure to meet with:
>> - Greg who had introduced us to DNSChain
>> <https://github.com/okTurtles/dnschain> on one of the recent progress
>> calls.
>> - Ranga Krishnan of the EFF, who pointed me to LEAP <https://leap.se/>
>> as a candidate technology for secure messaging on FreedomBox
>> - John Light who is working on a Bitcoin box
>>  <https://bitseed.org/product/blockchain-node-developer-version/>
>> So once again it seems clear how a FreedomBox can potentially be used for
>> so many different purposes.
>> Therefore I think the extensibility of Plinth and package management (as
>> we discussed on the last call) is becoming more and more important.
>> On Wednesday evening, we were invited to a party at the Internet Archive.
>> I had the opportunity to give a talk about FreedomBox, see here for the
>> recording:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YgOYjOGZuQ
>>  <https://bitseed.org/product/blockchain-node-developer-version/>Next
>> week I will be at the Internet Identity Workshop:
>> http://www.internetidentityworkshop.com/
>> Markus
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