Recently, we launched a new Dat Project website to highlight the Dat community and encourage users to build on Dat. In the short time since then, folks in the Dat community have produced inspiring contributions and exciting applications. Today, we are featuring a three-year-old bug fix and a new decentralized social network!
The feature image is the fire tower Max is working at this week!
Dat on Windows - A Three Year Adventure
This community contribution is very exciting. We've had an open issue for Windows integration for over three years. Thank you so much to goldbuick for the awesome contribution and persistence to solve this Windows bug!
Full Windows support is now available immediately on the
dat command line tool. We'll be adding Windows over time to our Desktop application. This also means other applications, such as the Beaker Browser, can start adding Windows support as well.
Rotonde - A p2p Social Network
Rotonde is a decentralized social network running via Dat. Rotonde offers a user-driven social network by leveraging Dat's core principles of user-data ownership, decentralization, and built-in security. It has been fantastic to see the growth and excitement about Rotonde. Check out this tutorial to get started with Rotonde. A few special properties of Rotonde:
- You can view change history for all Rotonde feeds — including edited posts — because of Dat's built in version control.
- Anyone can customize the look and feel of their personal Rotonde client. We've had some people new to coding that jumped in to personalize their feed, this made us so so excited!
- The Rotonde client is auto-updating and distributed via Dat.
Currently, Rotonde runs on the Beaker Browser. However, because it is platform agnostic and users control their data, anyone can create their own Rotonde clients.
Try Dat - A Dat Browser Tutorial
Try Dat is an in-browser tutorial for using the Dat command line tool. We are using Try Dat for our Dat in the Lab project. Thanks to the participants at our two workshops for being beta testers. Now that we've got most of the bugs fixed, you can Try Dat yourself!
A few other exciting things are coming from Dat's innovation expert, @mafintosh:
- hyperdb: A distributed key/value database with support for multiple writers. Hyperdb is the first step to making it possible for multiple people to share and write to a single Dat!
- dat-container: A live booting container runtime on top of dat and systemd-nspawn.
Come Talk to Us
We'll be at some conferences in the coming weeks. Come say hi!
- Danielle @ Better Science through Better Data 2017, October 25
- Max @ Berlin FORCE17, October 25 - 27
- Karissa will speaking about storing data everywhere and nowhere!
Lots of Dat-friendly folks will be at MozFest! Hope to see you there:
- Max, Danielle: Host your data on the peer to peer web with Dat
- Tara, Beaker Browser: Re-decentralizing the Web with a peer-to-peer browser
- Richard, ScienceFair
- Nokome, Stencila
Stencila Community Tour
That's all the updates for now. Thanks to everyone in the community! Until next time, follow us on Twitter for more updates. We hope to see you at NodeConf, MozFest, or on the webs!