The FSF Has A New High Priority Project
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 26 June 2013 at 03:14 AM EDT. 32 Comments
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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.

Every few months I go through the FSF.org priority projects list to see if there's any changes. Sadly, there's rarely ever any new major progress (sans to Coreboot and open-source drivers) to the projects that the Free Software Foundation views as being high priority. It's been mostly a waste. In viewing the list this evening, there's a new project.

The new addition to the FSF high priority project page is coming up with an open-source solution for BitTorrent Sync. "Bittorrent Sync is a peer-to-peer, two-way file synchronization utility with fine-grained access controls. We need a free software version of this client or free software that can be used for the same purpose."

BitTorent Sync is a peer-to-peer file synchronization tool announced by BitTorrent Inc at the start of the year. BitTorrent Sync is available for Windows and OS X along with Linux and FreeBSD. However, the Free Software Foundation thinks it is a priority to have an open-source version of the program or an open-source program to similarly achieve the syncing task.

The project being formed around a sync replacement for now is just a Wiki page. This Wiki page was created one month ago and the last activity was on Tuesday, but it basically comes down to a very brief page where a handful of individuals have listed their interest in the project. There isn't yet any mailing list or formalized work towards this goal, let alone any Git repository or actual code.

For those wishing to voice their interest in such an open-source BitTorrent Sync solution, visit the LibrePlanet.org Wiki page
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