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Updating My Freenet Site – A Project Within A Project

Since I’ve gotten started working with the Freenet 0.5 source code and getting ready to create a new build of freenet 0.5 I’ve realized that it’s going to be necessary to do some serious updating to my freenet page.

After giving it a lot of thought I have decided that what I’m going to do is set up a WordPress blog on that site and take advantage of the fact that WordPress really is a great Content Management System.  One that allows content to be very easily organized and updated.

What I’ll do is start getting the initial content written and the layout and I’ll do the design of the blog done on a separate test blog.  When I have enough content ready I’ll install the blog, apply the customized theme and start loading the pre-written content into it.  This way I can have the new site almost totally made ahead of time and the changeover from the current freenet site to the new blog-based layout in no more than a few hours.

I will, of course, be announcing on this blog when the site update is ready.

Technorati Tags: content management system, cms, update, freenet 0.5, wordpress, blog based site, freenet, new site layout, new site, fcon, blog

Freenet 0.5 News: Build 5110 soon to be released

I have heard it said several times over the last few years that Freenet 0.5, known as Freenet Classic Opennet, is dead.

This is untrue.

As a matter of fact, freenet 0.5 is once again being developed.  I have started learning Java programming specifically so that I can contribute a much needed new update of freenet 0.5 and within a couple of weeks I expect to have the first new build (5110) available for download.

Because I’m just getting started with Java this first new build will mostly be a long overdue maintenance build.  The default bookmarks will be updated and some very old code that directs people to the original freenetproject.org site will be updated to point to equivalent pages on my freenet site.  This is because the developers at freenetproject.org no longer support or have anything to do with 0.5.  Instead they’re devoting their efforts to 0.7.x, a branch of freenet that I and many others have long mis-trusted for an assortment of reasons which I won’t go into now because I’m not up to writing a long post right now.

Instead I’ll address the biggest concerns in a series of upcoming posts.

In the meantime I’ll be working on 5110 and will announce here and on the Frost boards when it’s available.

Technorati Tags: classic freenet, freenet, freenet update, freenet classic opennet, freenet 0.5, download freenet, stable freenet

An Interesting Freenet Misconception

It’s amazing how things have changed here in Nutjob Hills in just the last ten years.  Back then hardly anyone in town even had a basic idea of what the internet is and even fewer actually had access.  Less than one in a hundred of them actually used it for anything besides playing flash games on their favorite website portal.

Now things are really different.  Oh it’s true that there’s some that still aren’t connected and refuse to even consider it because of how “evil” they thing it is but overall most locals have, if only to keep up with the Joneses, been gradually moving into the 21st century.

Still, there are mountains of misconceptions and wrong ideas floating about.  Like the time recently when Bobby Jo and Jo Bob got into another of their famous arguments.  Bobby Jo was insisting that Freenet Classic Openet was part of most common ps3 bundles and Jo Bob was equally adamant that this was not and likely never will be true.

Jo Bob is right of course.  While I think it would be a great idea and would do wonders for the Freenet network, it is not and to my knowledge never has been part of any bundles, especially on game consoles.

I suppose it’s just as well.  I can only begin to imagine the difficulties involved in pushing updates as new builds are produced.  Besides which certain companies, whom I will not name, are somewhat less than thrilled about the idea of people being able to communicate privately and anonymously or being able to publish anything they want to anoymously and I’m sure none of them would ever agree to having something like Freenet bundled with their machines.

Technorati Tags: freenet, nutjob hills, anonymous publishing, game consoles, software bundles, anonymity

Freenet Downloads Updated

I have updated the freenet install archives on my freenet page.

This update included two things.

1, I updated the default bookmarks so that they now point to the current editions

2, I replaced the seednodes.ref file in each archive with a current one

I’m planning to do more updates on this page soon.

Technorati Tags: freenet classic opennet, freenet update, freenet 0.5, download freenet, freenet, stable freenet, classic freenet

What Wikileaks Should Have Done

As most of you are probably aware the ultimate whistleblower site, wikileaks, has once again been in the news quite a bit because it has published thousands of documents, messages and so on that have proven to be a major source of embarrassment to not only the US government but to several other governments around the world.

As a result, not only is it’s top guy up to his eyeballs in legal trouble of all kinds, the site itself has been under attack in a big way.  There’s several governments and mega-corporations pushing hard, doing their best to get the site taken down, even going so far as to remove DNS entries that make it work.

In response there’s a whole bunch of people working to mirror the site in several different places to keep it online.  This is all fine and dandy and will no doubt work to varying degrees depending on jurisdiction but there’s one option that they have apparently decided not to consider.

One of the first places to mirror the data that they have been releasing ought to have been Freenet Classic Opennet (FCon).

Why?

Because the primary reason for the existence of FCon in the first place is to provide a means to publish and obtain information on the Internet without fear of censorship.

You see, FCon isn’t just another run of the mill P2P file sharing system like Kazaa, Limewire, or Bittorrent.  Data inserted into FCon becomes part of an encrypted, distributed data store.  Additionally, because the data store is encrypted, node operators cannot be expected to know the contents of their node’s data store.  Nor do they have any ability to edit or censor that content.

Once something is inserted into the network it continues to be available even after the node that inserted it goes off-line.  For example, there are websites that were inserted into the network as long ago as 2001 that can still be retrieved today even though the original authors have long since left the network.

The reason that I think Wikileaks should make use of FCon is because once the information they wish to publish is inserted, they can ask other FCon users to republish that information on the conventional internet.  Thus the information still comes out while at the same time it’s in a position where it literally cannot be taken down or deleted.

In fact, once something is inserted into the FCon network, even the act of requesting it to see if it’s there will actually cause the network to propagate that data to more nodes, thus increasing the chances that it will still be available years later.

I’m not saying that wikileaks should use FCon exclusively but it IS something that they should add to their toolbox.  I should also say that the title of this post isn’t necessarily the end of he situation.  Wikileaks still has the option to download freenet (FCon), set up a node (or six, or a few dozen) and start inserting stuff that they don’t want taken down.

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