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Developer Documentation of the Week: The GNU Name System

I've just finished an update of the developer handbook chapter on the GNU Name System (GNS). GNS is used as the public key infrastructure (PKI) for GNUnet (and hopefully other applications). GNS names are structured like DNS names and GNS can be used as an alternative to DNS, as common record types from DNS are supported in DNS.

Updated installation instructions for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

As a preparation for the coming release, I updated the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installation documentation to contain the steps to install the current SVN version of GNunet and GNUnet-gtk with all dependencies.

GNUnet now requires only a few dependencies not available in the repositories, most prominent libgcrypt 1.6 and libgnurl 7.34.0 available from the GNUnet website.

If you find any issues please let me know..

Developer Documentation of the Week: GNUnet's IDENTITY subsystem

I've just finished the developer handbook chapter on GNUnet's IDENTITY subsystem. The IDENTITY subsystem is used for identity management, and here identies is about users, not peers. User identities in GNUnet are also called Egos, which are essentially public-private key pairs over Curve25519 using ECDSA. Identities are used for zones in the GNU Name System and as pseudonyms in file-sharing, and thus represent a fundamental building block for many GNUnet applications.

Project Status in November 2013

As it has been three months since the last project status, I figured it was time for an update.

First of all, the short version is still: GNUnet is not yet ready for production use.

Special-Use Domain Names of Peer-to-Peer Name Systems

We just submitted our draft for "Special-Use Domain Names of Peer-to-Peer Name Systems" to IETF. The intention is to reserve the TLDs ".exit", ".i2p", ".gnu", ".onion" and ".zkey" for use by the GNUnet, I2P and Tor peer-to-peer overlay networks. You can find the draft here.

Developer Documentation of the Week: GNUnet's PEERINFO subsystem

For the interested reader, the latest edition in GNUnet's "Documentation of the Week" is finally available. I am honoured to present:

The GNUnet PEERINFO subsystem

Developer Documentation of the Week: The GNS Namecache

I've now finished the chapter on the NAMECACHE subsystem, which is used as a local cache by the GNU Name System to avoid having to repeatedly query the DHT for the same records.

TESTING library

Continuing with the weekly documentation series, this week I wrote about the GNUnet's TESTING library. It is available here.

Conference Slides: On the Feasibility of a Censorship Resistant Decentralized Name System

After having the great opportunity to present GNS at FPS 2013, here the slides for the people interested. Enjoy!

You can find more information about GNS here:

Sorting out the stat thing

The way 64/32 bit switching for stat and its siblings is handled in mingw-w64 is a bit complicated, and when gcc starts to complain that incompatible stat types are being used, it's not entirely obvious what to do.

This post documents my explanation (mostly for myself) of how stat types get to be the way they are.


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