A work-in-progress guide to the ssb-verse and key concepts and influences
What Is Scuttlebutt?
Historically, sea-slang for gossip - a scuttlebutt is basically a watercooler on a ship.
Scuttlebutt is a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform.
This seems like a silly name, but I assure you, this is real science. Read this: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/rvr/papers/flowgossip.pdf
Or, if you're lazy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuttlebutt (laziness will get you nowhere, btw)
How To Get Started
The easiest way to get started is using patchwork-next, a classic social networking application.
Download and Install Patchwork
On macOS, download the latest .dmg file from patchwork-next/releases
On other operating systems, with node and npm installed:
git clone https://github.com/mmckegg/patchwork-next cd patchwork-next npm install npm start
On Linux you'll need some more dependencies for the spell-checker. On Debian/Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install libxext-dev libxtst-dev libxkbfile-dev
Be Invited To A Pub
In order to gossip outside your local network, you'll need to connect to a Pub.
Here's an 100-use invite to @mixmix's pub:
patchwork-next, click "+ Join Pub" and paste the code.
This will cause you to follow @mixmix's Pub and vise versa. If you haven't synchronized to this social network yet, prepare to wait a few minutes while your local server synchronizes.
About This Handbook
To view the public gitbook, browse to http://scuttlebutt.nz.
You can also build and serve this with gitbook locally. The following assumes you're running a scuttlebot server and are in the follow neighbourhood of mixmix or his pub.
npm install git-ssb -g git clone ssb://%lJsDWwnF4bDxHWYuSjw/bW37xg+saF8WtPZYZsefKj0=.sha256 ssb-handbook cd ssb-handbook npm install npm start
SUMMARY.md is the manifest on which the compiled gitbook is based. Edit that if you want content in/out of the book.
If you see a job that needs doing - that is your job.
Scuttlebutt is not the only project working in a decentralized space. Here are a few other projects also working on solutions:
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