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Re: [GNUnet-developers] GNU in GSOC 2015 - Application sent

From: Sree Harsha Totakura
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] GNU in GSOC 2015 - Application sent
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:53:27 +0100
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I'd like this also to be mentioned briefly under the GNUnet project so
that anyone interested in GNUnet can find it.

Please add the following under GNUnet ideas:

<h4>Supporting GNU Guix's package distribution</h4>

Please refer to the description for this project listed under <a
href="#guix">GNU Guix project ideas</a>.


On 03/09/2015 11:11 PM, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> <h4>Supporting binary package distribution through GNUnet</h4>
> <p>
> GNU Guix provides a transparent binary/source deployment model.  A
> server can claim: “hey, I have the binary for
> <tt>/gnu/store/v9zic07iar8w90zcy398r745w78a7lqs-emacs-24.4</tt>!”, where the
> base32 string uniquely identifies a build process.  If you trust that
> server to provide genuine binaries, then you can grab them instead of
> building Emacs locally.  This mechanism is called <a
> href="/software/guix/manual/html_node/Substitutes.html"><emph>substitution</emph></a>.
> </p>
> <p>
> The “traditional model” has been to have a build farm build and serve
> binary packages over HTTP.  In that model, users trust the build farm to
> provide authentic binaries.
> </p>
> <p>
> The project aims to provide a <emph>practical</emph> decentralization
> distribution mechanism for binary packages, using <a
> href="/software/gnunet">GNUnet’s networking layers</a>.  In that
> model, users would be able to automatically share binaries they have
> built locally, and to install binaries built by other users.  This is
> part of a broader goal of <emph>disintermediation</emph> among users,
> and between users and upstream software developers.
> </p>
> <p>
> Deliverables <a
> href="";>include</a>
> a substituter that uses GNUnet as its back-end, and a tool to publish
> build results.
> </p>
> <strong>Mentors</strong>:
> <a href="mailto:address@hidden";>Sree Harsha Totakura</a>,
> <a href="mailto:address@hidden";>Bart Polot</a>
> Thanks,
> Ludo'.

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