Use the beaker browser to browse the peer-to-peer web

We know that the Internet has not changed (more or less) in the past 50 years. People around the world use their devices to retrieve data from large servers all over the world.

A group of dedicated technicians want to change this so that the Internet becomes a place where people can directly connect and share information, rather than relying on a central server (decentralization).

Its FOSS already covers many such decentralized services. LBRY as an alternative to YouTube, Mastodon as an alternative to Twitter are just a few examples.

Today, I will introduce another Beaker Browser This is actually used to browse peer-to-peer networks.

Beaker Browser

According to One of the developers Behind the Beaker browser, “P2P Web is a set of experimental technologies that allow users to better control the Web.”

In addition, they say that Peer-to-Peer has three main principles: anyone can be a server; multiple computers can serve the same site; there is no backend.

It can be seen from these principles. The concept of peer-to-peer Web is very similar to BitTorrent. In BitTorrent, files are seeded by multiple peer nodes, and these peer nodes share bandwidth load. This reduces the total bandwidth a person needs to provide for their site.

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Another major part of the peer-to-peer Web is the creator’s control of his ideas. In today’s era, platforms are controlled by large companies, and they try to use your data for profit. The beaker returns control to the content creator.

of Beaker Browser It was first established in 2016. The project (and the technology around it) consists of a team of three Blue Link Lab. Beaker browser use Dat Agreement Share data between computers. All websites that use the Dat protocol dat:// Instead http://.

The advantages of the Dat protocol are:

  • Fast-archives are synchronized from multiple sources at once.
  • Security-All updates are signed and checked for integrity.
  • Flexibility-Archive can change the host without changing its URL.
  • Versioning – changes are written to the attached version log only.
  • Decentralized-Any device can host any archive.

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Beaker Browser is essentially a simplified version of Chromium, and has a built-in dat://address. It can still be accessed regularly http:// website.

Every time you visit the dat website, the content of the website will be downloaded to your computer according to your request. For example, pictures of Linux Torvalds will not be downloaded until you navigate to the “About” page of this page.

Also, once you visit the dat website, “You temporarily Re-upload or seed all the files you downloaded from the website. “You can also choose to seed the site to help its creator.

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Since Beaker’s whole idea is to create a more open website, you can easily check the source of any website. Unlike most browsers that only view the source code of the current page, Beaker will show you the entire structure of the site in a GitHub-like view. You can even derive the site and host your version.

In addition to accessing dat-based websites, you can also create your own website. In the “Beaker Browser” menu, there is an option to create a new website or empty project. If you choose the option to create a new website, Beaker will build a demo site that you can edit using the browser ’s built-in editor.

However, if you like to use Markdown like me, you can choose to create an empty project. The beaker will create the structure of the site and assign it a dat://address. Create index.md Documents, you all go well. There is one Short tutorial More information. You can also use the “Create Blank Project” option to build web applications.

Beaker Browser Website TemplateBeaker Browser Website Template

Because Beaker acts as a web server and site seeder, your site will be unavailable whenever you shut it down or shut down your computer. Fortunately, you don’t have to run a computer or browser often. You can also use a file called Hash library Or you can set one homebase Seed server.

Although the beaker is usable Applicable to Linux, Windows and macOS. If you do start playing around Beaker, be sure to take a quick look Their guides.

When I first got this task, I had high hopes for the beaker browser. For now, it is still in the experimental stage. Many of the dat sites I tried to visit were unavailable because users did not sow it. When the site comes back online, Beaker can indeed notify you.

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Another problem is that the beaker is a lite version of Chromium. There is no option to install extensions or themes. Instead, you will fall into the predicament of white themes and a very limited toolset. I will not use it as my main browser, and the world accessing the dat website is not enough to install it on my system.

I check if there is a Firefox extension, it will increase the dat:// protocol. I did find such an extension, but it needs to install two other software. Installing Beaker is easier.

For now, the beaker is not for me. Perhaps in the future, more people will start using Beaker, or the dat protocol will be supported by other browsers. Then it might be interesting. Now, this is a bit empty.

While working with Beaker, I created a website Use built-in tools. Don’t worry, I made sure that it has been sown.

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What are your thoughts on the beaker browser? What are your thoughts on peer-to-peer networks? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Use the beaker browser to browse the peer-to-peer web

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