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, a classic social networking application.
Download Installers for Windows, macOS and Linux
Or Build from Source
With node (>= 4) and npm (>= 2) installed:
$ git clone https://github.com/ssbc/patchwork $ cd patchwork $ npm install $ npm start
On Linux you'll need some more dependencies. On Debian:
sudo apt-get install libxext-dev libxtst-dev libxkbfile-dev g++ m4 automake libtool
Be Invited To A Pub
In order to gossip outside your local network, you'll need to connect to a Pub.
You can find an invite to an available pub at the Pub servers registry.
Get an invite, then in
patchwork: click "+ Join Pub" and paste the invite code.
This will cause you to follow the 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.
Join The Community
- #new-people: introduce yourself
- #faq: first impressions, what is confusing as a new user?
- #patchwork: report bugs, suggestions, etc
- #scuttlebutt: protocol related discussion
About This Handbook
To view the public handbook, browse to scuttlebutt.nz
The handbook is organized by topics:
Over time we have scattered documentation around in a few places:
Please help us consolidate this here!
Scuttlebutt is not the only dex project:
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