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    Phoronix: The FSF Has A New High Priority Project

    The Free Software Foundation has a new free software project that they view as a new "priority" project and it involves BitTorrent but there's yet to be any code produced...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM5NTk

  • #2
    Yay, one more potential project affected by the "GNU weight".

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    • #3
      BitTorrent is closed source? O_o

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Redi44 View Post
        BitTorrent is closed source? O_o
        Bittottent Sync != Bittorrent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_Sync
        http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnsha...ore-than-that/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Redi44 View Post
          BitTorrent is closed source? O_o
          The original client has gone proprietary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_%28software%29

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          • #6
            So it's a P2P rsync? Well, having a non-cloud solution for file synchronisation sounds pretty nice.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
              It just seems that FSF has no direction and the projects themselves either progress ultra slow or die in the early days.
              You never stop trolling do you? This is not a list of FSF projects (despite Micheal's continued attempts at painting this as such), this is FSF highlighting areas in which there is (in their opinion) a need for open source alternatives.

              Again Michael trying to claim that FSF has to provide these projects just because they bring attention to a need for them is nothing but his anti-FSF agenda.

              By that logic Michael should be responsible for starting and maintaining projects for every open source shortcoming he brings up here on his site. Pure hypocrisy as usual from him.

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              • #8
                Really like the idea of P2P file sync.
                Things like dropbox really don't work very safely and are quite limited.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by plonoma View Post
                  Really like the idea of P2P file sync.
                  Things like dropbox really don't work very safely and are quite limited.
                  Agreed, there was some disussion on the Go programming mailing list of making a collaborative development of an Bittorrent Sync open source clone, hopefully it will lead to an actual project:

                  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!to...ts/7WUj3nASuLo

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                  • #10
                    I don't see the utility of this application. It looks like its just a "WTF?-style" dumping ground for file sharing. People have never heard of FTP? Rsync? GIT?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                      So FSF 'highlights' what others should do? What a fucking joke this FSF is..... Do they actually do anything or just circle jerk about how hardcore they must be for creating the foundation?
                      As much as I hate you and your posting style. There does appear to be a degree of truth in what you're saying this time.

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                      • #12
                        i think this can be done in sh...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                          So FSF 'highlights' what others should do? What a fucking joke this FSF is..... Do they actually do anything or just circle jerk about how hardcore they must be for creating the foundation?
                          Your trolling is weak, taking a quick look on my system to see what GNU tools I basically use daily:

                          bash
                          gcc
                          gdb
                          make
                          binutils
                          coreutils
                          grep
                          sed
                          gawk
                          grub
                          glib
                          libc
                          gtk+
                          gzip
                          tar
                          gimp

                          These are only those which came directly to mind, there's certainly a lot I missed and a lot which I don't personally use. These are all actively developed projects, many of which are core components of all Linux distros out there. So yeah, they do a lot.

                          Meanwhile Michael who does precious nothing but put link-bait titles on information he re-cycles from mailing lists in order to get ad-clicks, claims they don't do enough unless they somehow magically (it's not as if they sit on a mountain of money) manages to provide solutions for any area where they might think there is a lack of open source alternatives.

                          They don't have the resources to support projects for all areas where they think open source alternatives are potentially needed, so they use their page to draw attention to these areas. No one is forced to go there and read, no one is forced to work on any of these suggestions.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
                            So FSF 'highlights' what others should do? What a fucking joke this FSF is..... Do they actually do anything or just circle jerk about how hardcore they must be for creating the foundation?
                            It's a foundation, you idiot. Their goal is to raise awareness and provide assistance where they can.

                            Electronic Frontier Foundation doesn't write much software either. They don't write geymz for your windowz. It's not their jobz.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                              I don't see the utility of this application. It looks like its just a "WTF?-style" dumping ground for file sharing. People have never heard of FTP? Rsync? GIT?
                              Its automated syncing of folders across the Internet. Small Daemon indexes all files in given folders, adds them to a private tracker. you're given a randomly generated 26 or so character key that you then plug into other sync clients. those sync clients query the tracker for what folders match that key and if there's a match they get added to the opposites folders. files are encrypted over the wire with that key, downloaded in chunks (of I believe 4kb)* and then that Daemon watches to see if the files change on either end and then syncs the changes.


                              This has a few big advantages....

                              1) Its automatic. I don't have to remember (nor does my mother BTW) to run the sync command.
                              2) Cross platform since its based off bit torrent. no messing around with SSH on windows or SSL certs.
                              3) Git, FTP, and rsync all deal with whole files. which makes them VERY bad for binary files. bit torrent gets around this by chunking everything.

                              I really really want to see this project come to life, because its unfortunate that something as critical as what you're trusting your files to is closed source. BT Inc has already stated there are no plans to open source the sync client, so its up to us

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