Re: [freenet-support] Operating Questions

2016-08-11 Thread Bert Massop
Op 11 aug. 2016 14:07 schreef "Keifer Bly" :
>
> Hello, I recently installed Freenet, and I have a few questions.
>
> 1. When I start freenet, is it supposed to hide my ip address? When I
start freenet then go to check my ip using ip-tracker.org, it still shows
my real, correct IP address.

Freenet allows you to browse content that is available on the
censorship-resistant Freenet network. When used correctly, it even allows
you to remain anonymous while doing so.
Freenet cannot help you to hide your IP when visiting regular internet
websites.

> 2. Does freenet encrypt and hide my traffic from my ISP?

Yes, but only the contents of your Freenet traffic. Freenet does not
influence or hide traffic caused by other applications. If you need that,
you are looking for a VPN service.

> 3. Does freenet cover every application on my machine, or only the web
browser window it runs in?

As you should understand now, Freenet's scope is limited to in-Freenet
content such as Freenet websites (freesites).

> 4. Is freenet blockable by my ISP?

Yes, but it cannot be done easily. Freenet takes reasonable precautions
against being identified and blocked. If you are using Freenet in opennet
mode (connect to strangers) your ISP can block your connections if they are
determined to do so, but it will take considerable efforts. In darknet mode
(connect to friends only), blocking Freenet connections is extremely hard.

Kind regards,
Bert
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Re: [freenet-support] Question regarding legal case

2016-07-25 Thread Bert Massop
Op 25 jul. 2016 22:03 schreef "Steve Dougherty" :

> Now addressing others on the list: I note an ethical dilemma here. It may
well be that the accused is guilty of the things they are accused of, and
invalidating this presumably-mistaken search warrant would allow them to go
free. That said, do we want to resist the application of flawed statistics
in prosecuting Freenet users? I'm leaning toward probably. Selectively
assisting in fighting search warrants that seem invalid also seems
unethical. Are we obligated to help?
>

I do think that at least morally, we are obligated to help in reviewing the
technical legitimacy of relevant evidence against a user of Freenet.

For myself I'd rather ignore what the bigger picture is in this case, but
focus on the technicalities instead (such as possibly a case of a law
enforcement agency misusing statistics on Freenet against one of the
software's users).

>From what I read from Hayley's message, this is exactly what has been
requested so far.

I am willing to assist any other volunteer in reviewing said
technicalities, but I would not feel comfortable doing that on my own (for
I am just another volunteer who does not necessarily know about every
single aspect of Freenet).

>
> On Mon, Jul 25, 2016, 2:33 PM Hayley Rosenblum  wrote:
>> We have doubts about the legitimacy of this based off some brief
research we have done on Freeness and how it works. Is there anyone I could
contact to discuss having a Freenet employee/specialist to review the
search warrant and police report and/or potentially hire as an expert
witness. If so, how much would you charge for that?
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Re: [freenet-support] regarding publishing a website

2016-05-31 Thread Bert Massop
I would say that Freenet is not suited to your use case. Let me
provide you with some basic understanding of how Freenet works.

On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 4:52 AM, Austin Bunton  wrote:
> I'd like to migrate the structure and content of my current business website
> over to the Freenet.  What are the steps of this process, would I have a
> different web address if I want to maintain the same domain name,

Websites (freesites) on Freenet can only be accessed by those using
Freenet themselves, and are not accessible from the "normal" internet
without installing additional software. As such, domain names are
irrelevant on Freenet. We address content by "key", which is a
cryptographically derived value, similar to the way Bitcoin uses
"addresses" to identify wallets.

> and what
> is the cost of maintaining a site with 1,000 webpages and more than 10GB of
> content?  I noticed that the homepage of the Freenet mentions not needing
> servers, but where is the data stored?  On my own computer?

Content is spread in small encrypted pieces over the computers of all
of Freenet's users. One can upload content into Freenet, where it
stays available for as long as it stays popular, even when the
uploader disconnects from the network.

> I want to
> ensure that my site will stay up, and third parties won't mess up my hard
> work (like hosts have in the past, changing the interface and programming
> associated with my sites (more like illogically destroying the interface's
> reliability and with no notice to the end users), thus making maintaining my
> sites impossible).

All uploaded content is signed such that it cannot be tampered with:
as such, all data in Freenet is static (although we have mechanisms
for updating data). That is safe, but it also means that dynamic
websites are not possible on Freenet, unless additional plugins or
external programs are used to provide any such functionality.

> Thanks for your time and help, and hat's off to you for your Freenet
> milestones.
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Re: [freenet-support] Multiple Nodes on the Same Network

2016-03-29 Thread Bert Massop
On Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 5:31 PM, Daniel van Driel  wrote:
> Hi Sir/Madm,
>
> Whats your take on using multiple notes in a private network under the same 
> home network but different users?
>
> Best regards,
>
> Daniel van Driel

Hi Daniel,

Running multiple nodes on the same home network is considered fine.

There's probably not much use to running multiple nodes on a single PC
(except for the purpose of testing), but if you run them on separate
machines, and your internet connection is sufficiently fast, doing so
might increase your observed performance when your nodes connect
locally as well as to the global network.
Note that there's an MDNSDiscovery plugin that is supposed to aid in
setting up local connections.

Kind regards,
Bert
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Re: [freenet-support] feedback

2016-03-14 Thread Bert Massop
On 14-03-16 13:12, Buddy wrote:
> Freenet Portable Edition from portableapps.com
> need upgrade!
> Thank you!

No official Freenet "Portable Edition" exists, so we cannot update it
either.
Please contact the author of such a "Portable Edition" if you are in
need of an update.

The general disclaimer applies here:
We recommend only running official Freenet releases downloaded from our
website or through the official channels on Freenet. Third-party Freenet
downloads may include malware and worse, and we cannot usually provide
support for such installations.

Kind regards,
Bert



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Re: [freenet-support] Question about handling churn in FreeNet

2016-01-20 Thread Bert Massop
On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM, Nawfal Abbassi Saber
 wrote:
> Hi FreeNet,
>
> I'm doing a research about peer to peer file storage systems and i would
> like to know if the system FreeNet has some mechanisms to deal with churn.
>

Short answer: yes, Freenet has mechanisms to deal with network churn


I suppose you'd also like to learn something about those mechanism, so
let me introduce you to the basic concepts.

Most files on Freenet are stored with several layers of redundancy.
1. On the lowest level, for large files, Freenet uses segmentation
with forward error correction to keep entire files available when some
of their segments are unavailable on the network.
2. Freenet nodes store newly inserted data they consider to match
their own location closely enough, so a single segment may end up
stored on multiple nodes.
3. When a segment is retrieved, it will be cached by most of the nodes
that relay the data to the requester.
4. After a large file is retrieved, some if its non-retrievable
segments may with probability be recalculated and re-inserted by the
requester, further restoring the reliability of the file.

As for request routing, Freenet maintains a small-world network
topology that allows for efficient routing. This topology can be
maintained even under the presence of network churn. How this works
depends on the particular mode of operation of Freenet, e.g. opennet
vs. darknet, but it boils down to path folding and location swapping
strategies.

For more information, especially on the ongoing work of maintaining
the network topology, please refer to the literature presented on the
Freenet website [0].

Kind regards,
Bert

[0]: https://freenetproject.org/about.html#papers
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Re: [freenet-support] Censorship

2016-01-20 Thread Bert Massop
On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 8:25 PM, Music Backup  wrote:
> Hello, I have all of the technical logs and screenshots I need to verify that 
> I am being targeted as part of some type of hack, however, my web searching 
> always points me in the wrong direction with many times ending up in another 
> hacked space provided by the malicious hacker. I went through enough network 
> security classes to know what I am and what I should be seeing. I could just 
> use some resources like lawyers who may be familiar with and knowledgeable 
> about such matters. Any information that you can provide would be appreciated.

The mailing list to which you addressed your request is the support
mailing list for the Freenet project [0]. Freenet is a free software
project providing a decentralized anonymous storage platform.

I fail to see how your request is relevant here. If you are indeed in
need of support for installing or using Freenet, please clarify your
questions.

Kind regards,
Bert

[0]: https://freenetproject.org/
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Re: [freenet-support] Dowload temporary files error

2016-01-20 Thread Bert Massop
On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 5:14 PM,   wrote:
> Hello,
> When downloading a file in freenet I often have to restart which until
> recently was not a problem. However, now after the restart I get about 0.2
> of the file downloaded and the download reads "Ttemporaty files error" with
> an option to restart or remove the file from the list. I get the same
> reaction whether I use Google or Firefox as my browser. Any advice would be
> appreciated.

The message "Temporary files error" indicates that Freenet failed to
read from or write to a bucket, which are files that Freenet uses to
store temporary data. As such, this might indicate an internal error,
but it might also be caused by lack of free disk space or file system
corruption. As you have already observed, said errors are indeed
unlikely to be related to your choice of browser.

You might want to try removing the download from your download queue
and restarting the download manually.

If your problem persists, your log files may contain additional
information about the cause. Please review logs/freenet-latest.log in
your Freenet installation directory for possible clues after you again
encounter this problem (you might want to wait a few minutes before
reviewing that file, log messages are not written to disk
immediately).
If you believe this is a bug, please file a bug at our bug tracker
[0]. Make sure to have read the bug reporting guidelines [1]
beforehand.

Kind regards,
Bert

[0]: https://bugs.freenetproject.org/
[1]: https://wiki.freenetproject.org/Reporting_bugs
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Re: [freenet-support] some problem to install freenet on linux

2015-05-18 Thread Bert Massop
On 17-05-15 15:14, oscar1...@anche.no wrote:
 How to fix java.io.IOException: Cannot run program
 /usr/local/Freenet/bin/install_updater.sh:java.io.IOException:
 error=13, Permission denied ?

Please elaborate:
- Where did you see this error message?
- What where you trying to accomplish when you received the error message?
- What did you expect to happen instead?
- What happened after you dismissed the error, if anything?

My guess would be that you were trying to install Freenet through the
installer, and that it failed half-way yielding the mentioned error
message, instead of properly finishing the installation.

To further assist in tracking down the source of your problems, please
include the output of the following command, right after you receive the
error message:

ls -ld /usr/local/Freenet/bin /usr/local/Freenet/bin/*

The above command lists the file permission information on several files
related to the installation of Freenet.

— Bert



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Re: [freenet-support] PLEASE HELP FREENET ISSUES

2015-05-18 Thread Bert Massop
On 18-05-15 00:34, Dave Larsen wrote:
 OK IVE TOLD YOU MY SYSTEM AND HOW I HAVE IT SET UP WAS JUST TELLING WHAT
 PROGRAMS I DO HAVE WHICH ARENT MANY. , YOU SAY TO GHANGE MY CONFIFURATION
 SETTINGS  WITH THE DETAILS I GAVE YOU
 
 [configuration omitted]
 
 SO HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SET THIS , IF THIS IS WRONG  HOW SHOULD I HAVE IT
 SET ACCORDING TO MY SYSTEM DETAILS AND THIS PLEASE HELP ME YOU SAID
 SOMETHING BOUT NOT HAVING ENOUGH MEMORY I HAVE OVER 300 G LEFT ON MY HDD
 HOW DO I NOT HAVE ENOUGH MEMORY
 
 
 **'Maximum memory usage' in
 the 'Configuration → Core settings' menu, under the 'Wrapper' heading.
 THERE WAS/ IS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS IN CORE SETTINGS
 THE ONLY THING THAT  HAS TO DO WITH THE WRAPPER IS Skip not using the
 wrapper warning?
   SO WHERE IS THIS MAX MEM SETTING FOR THE WRAPPER
 
 REALLY IM NOT TRYING TO BE AN ASS I JUST WANT THIS TO WORK  PLEASE HELP
 PLEASE NO MORE BUNK OR OLD OR USELESS INFO, NOW YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW I HAVE
 IT SET UP YOU HAVE MY SYSTEM INFO, SERIOUSLY,  WHAT SHOULD I DO DIFFERENTLY
 


You seem to be running Freenet without the wrapper. This is not
recommended. Also, you have changed your advanced configuration settings
where you definitely shouldn't have, since you seem to have no idea what
you are doing. Here's my final advice:

1. Uninstall Freenet.
2. Download the latest Freenet installer.
3. Run the installer and follow the instructions.
4. Answer the questions in the first-time configuration wizard.
5. Don't touch any of the other configuration options. Ever.

I sincerely hope you manage to succeed in running Freenet given this
extremely simple instructions. Either way, don't expect me to respond to
any of your further questions. At least not until you have bothered to
fix both your apparently malfunctioning keyboard and your attitude
towards those trying to help you.

— Bert



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Re: [freenet-support] PLEASE HELP FREENET ISSUES

2015-05-17 Thread Bert Massop
On 17-05-15 07:26, Dave Larsen wrote:
 2ND, im browsing with 40-60 peers accessing my FREENET node, but all of a
 sudden, i get a screen saying FREENET is startingup or shutting down, when
 i didnt do anything to stop it

This is most likely caused by a misguided configuration.

 3RD, when i can stay on long enough to dl a file, […]
 them /or save and restore them, or, i get internal java lang heapspace
 error

And here's the evidence. The restarts you experience are in fact crashes
due to Freenet running out of memory.

Your node seems to be configured it in such a way that it requires more
system memory than it's assigned. Please try to increase your node
memory assignment. The setting to change is 'Maximum memory usage' in
the 'Configuration → Core settings' menu, under the 'Wrapper' heading.

 but the worst one is, i have a file complete but i get a ;
 java.io.EOFException, for 99% of what i have successfully downloaded ,
 not too successful

Probably your downloads got corrupted due to the frequent unexpected
restarts. If you no longer experience random restarts, and still
encounter download corruption, please let us know.

 4TH, i am doing this on brand new, 500gb 7200 rpm hdd, 4 g ram, 60mbps up,
 and download wifi speed, (my computer reads 72mbps for that), freenet
 detects 59mbps for my up and dl speeds, no data limit, no bandwidth limit,

Your WiFi connection speed is not a measure for the actual connection
bandwidth of your internet connection. Unless you have a 100 Mbit fiber
connection to your ISP, your actual upload bandwidth is unlikely to be
this high.

Note that Freenet cannot always reliably detect your internet connection
bandwidth. If you wish to know yours, there are several services out
there to test your bandwidth (http://speedtest.net for example).

 i have dedicated 100 gib of space for the datastore, and 20gb each, for the
 3 other stores, i have my ram cache, (instead of the 43mib it wants to give
 me), i set it up to 240 mib.

Having a large RAM cache reduces the amount of memory usable by the rest
of Freenet. If you insist on having a large RAM cache, please do
increase your memory limit as explained above.

 i also have 1 3rd party system cleaning
 program and one ram boost program. 

RAM boost programs don't help performance. Even Windows is quite good at
managing system memory nowadays. That said, running one shouldn't
dramatically decrease your system performance either.

 [endless ranting omitted]

Please keep this conversation polite, thanks.

Before comparing Freenet to Google and other service providers, note
that Freenet is free software distributed under the GPL license, which
explicitly states the below:

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Freenet is maintained and supported mostly by volunteers. Our available
time and resources are limited, but if you ask politely, we will try to
help you out.

Thank you for trying Freenet.

— Bert



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Re: [freenet-support] File upload doesn't start

2015-04-04 Thread Bert Massop
On 04-04-15 08:04, John Pinkman wrote:
 I am trying to upload one larger file (few GB), and there is no progress. It 
 says STARTING as a status, and it stays this way for hours.
 
 I tried from VPN, and from regular wifi on different OS, same result. Tor, 
 and torrent client all work fine, but freenet just doesn't work.
 
 There are no error or log messages, it doesn't say what is the problem. I 
 suspect that Freenet expects open ports, or UPnP? It should be able to work 
 without inbound connections.
 
 Any idea what is going wrong?

Hi John,

Freenet does indeed expect some ports to be forwarded, and may use UPnP
(using the UPnP plugin) to open them for you. At least one end of each
node-to-node link should have its ports forwarded for a connection to
succeed. If you are connected to enough peers, you should be fine. To
rule out any weird connectivity issues, please check if you are able to
retrieve any Freenet page at all (I suggest you try some of the default
bookmarks). If so, your connectivity is not to blame.

Inserting files into Freenet is slow, expect it to take quite some time
for large files. The speed at which you are able to upload depends on
your configured bandwidth limit, your actual internet connection
bandwidth, as well as the number of peers you are connected to and their
bandwidths.

I'm not entirely sure about the exact semantics of the starting
status. Note however that Freenet only updates the progress of an insert
after a certain amount of data has been inserted, you might just have to
wait a bit longer.

If your problems persist, please also indicate the number of peers you
are connected to, and please report which Freenet version you are using.

Thank you for running Freenet!

-- Bert



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Re: [freenet-support] data store 500GB?

2015-03-29 Thread Bert Massop
On 28-03-15 20:36, Steve Dougherty wrote:
 On 03/28/2015 12:07 PM, Eric Chadbourne wrote:
 Hi All,

 Is it possible to use more than a 500GB data store?

 On a fresh installation the largest selectable value for the 
 datastore is 500GB.  I would like to use 3TB if possible.  When I 
 attempt to change the value via the web page I get an out of memory 
 error.  If I change the value in freenet.ini the application won’t 
 start.  I may not be setting the value correctly.

 Internal error: please report

 java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space
 
 What is Maximum memory usage under Wrapper on the Configuration 
 Core settings page set to? For a store that big it seems like it'll have
 to be higher.

I think this correctly identifies the problem at hand: IIRC, bloom
filters contribute to a memory usage of 1/3000th of the data store size,
which would be around 1 GB of RAM for a 3TB data store — not counting
memory consumption of other parts of Freenet, Java memory management
overhead, etc.

Your problem can probably be solved by raising the memory limit.* Apart
from the limits imposed by your storage and RAM capacities, there is no
limit to datastore size (apart from some 2^63 bytes limits imposed by
internal representation, but that should never be an issue in the
foreseeable future).

Keep in mind that other settings may need additional tweaking for
optimal performance when such a large datastore is used.

Thank you for running Freenet!

-- Bert


* You can change the memory limit through the web interface as Steve
pointed out, or change the `wrapper.java.maxmemory' option in
wrapper.conf (after stopping Freenet): the value is the memory limit in
megabytes.



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Re: [freenet-support] data store 500GB?

2015-03-29 Thread Bert Massop
On 29-03-15 19:35, Wolfram Goetz wrote:
 
 I always got these out memory errors when I tried to run a 3TiB node under 
 Windows 7 64-bit, regardsless of the said settings. When I switched to Linux 
 (Kubuntu 14.04) it worked immediately. Could it also depend on the java 
 version? I'm using OpenJDK under Linux now.

I'm not sure it is related to the Java version at hand. What I suspect
to have been the culprit in your situation, is the architecture of the
Java installation you employed on your Windows machine.

32-bit applications on Windows can only use 2 GiB of virtual memory (or
3 GiB with the large address awareness flag set in the executable
image), and Java is quite liberal in its virtual memory usage…

Oracle recommends using a 32-bit Java under most conditions, even on a
64-bit Windows installation. On 64-bit Linux, you'll probably have had a
64-bit Java by default, on Windows, it might have been a 32-bit one.

If you can reproduce this on a 64-bit JVM (you can check the version and
architecture with the command `java -version'), please file a bug report.

-- Bert



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Re: [freenet-support] VPN

2015-03-27 Thread Bert Massop
Whether a little extra latency matters depends on how much this extra
latency really is. Considering a request in Freenet may require 10
nodes to be traversed, latency adds up quickly, reducing already low
network capacity for everyone.
I don't expect much impact from a tiny extra bit of latency, e.g. if you
live in Paris and your VPN provider were located in Amsterdam. Paris -
Singapore however would probably a bad idea and is definitely not
something I would recommend for Freenet.

A properly configured VPN connection transparently connects your
computer to the public internet through an ISP that does not actually
provide a cable into your home. That's all to it.
In general, Freenet should work both functionally and securely over such
a connection. The only downsides would be the (already mentioned)
additional delay, as well as introducing yet another party that is able
to monitor your internet traffic under a jurisdiction that does not
necessarily have to be equal to yours.

Here, properly configured means that at least the following criteria
will have to be fulfilled (I may be missing some though):
- Your machine should ideally be able to reliably determine its external IP
- Your external IP should be relatively stable
- Incoming UDP packets on the relevant ports must not be blocked, i.e.
ports must be forwarded wherever necessary
- Your average ping stays well below ~700 ms (but lower is definitely
preferable!)

In case your VPN connection comes with a dedicated IP, all security
caveats for computers connecting to the internet directly (i.e. not
behind a NAT router) may of course apply.

-- Bert

On 27-03-15 15:45, Eric Chadbourne wrote:
 It should be fine to use a vpn, though I have not tried it.  I wonder what 
 the downsides would be?  A little extra latency shouldn’t matter.  If you 
 leave it on all the time maybe bandwidth costs?
 
 —
 Eric Chadbourne
 http://Nonprofit-CRM.org/
 
 
 On Mar 27, 2015, at 6:49 AM, John Verney johnver...@outlook.com wrote:

 Hello all,

 Simple question -

 Is it safe and secure to run freenet through a VPN? I use one of the major 
 VPN services. 

 Thanks



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Re: [freenet-support] Why are you telline ME this???

2015-01-19 Thread Bert Massop
As you might already have understood, Freenet will continue to
function perfectly fine if the computer is restarted during datastore
maintenance. We do however advise users to avoid restarting Freenet
while the maintenance is in progress, as Freenet would have to do all
the work all over again on a restart. Note that Freenet provides this
warning on every platform, including Windows. Also note that we have
no control over how often a machine (or operating system) has to be
restarted.

In case the presence of the notification is bothering you, please
avoid looking at it. If you believe you see the notification in error,
e.g. in cases where it should not be displayed, or in case you have
constructive ideas on how to improve the current situation, then
please file a bug at the bug tracker [0].

– Bert

[0] https://bugs.freenetproject.org/

On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM, Jim Whitney jwhit...@dwarfisland.com wrote:
 Datastore(PUBKEY-cache) maintenance in progress: 445568/502974. Freenet is
 rebuilding the slot filter index for your datastore, probably because
 Freenet did not shut down properly at some point. This allows Freenet to
 access the disk a lot less, but rebuilding the indexes will involve some
 extra disk access for some time, depending on the size of your datastore.
 Your Freenet node may be slower than usual during this process, please avoid
 restarting Freenet.

 Maybe you should be contacting those retarded BOOBS over at Microsoft!  They
 force us to restart our computers all the FLIPPIN' time!

 Well, here's a message for you!!!  Please avoid telling me to please avoid
 restarting Freenet!!!

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Re: [freenet-support] (no subject)

2014-10-28 Thread Bert Massop
On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 3:29 AM, Scotty Green scottygree...@gmail.com wrote:
 Is freenetproject available on android platform

Freenet does not support the Android platform out of the box.
You may be able to get Freenet running on Android if you are willing
to compile it yourself [1], but I have not heard of anyone actually
doing so yet.

— Bert

[1] Theoretically Freenet could run on a good android phone, although
it's a background app so maybe only on recent versions. The APIs we
use from the JDK are (mostly?) also present in Android. Compile it
yourself, see what happens. —
https://wiki.freenetproject.org/Installing/POSIX#Android
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Re: [freenet-support] freenet is and can do ... what?

2014-10-28 Thread Bert Massop
On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 3:04 AM, Josef Dittrich
josef.dittr...@reflex.at wrote:
 Hi there,

 unfortunately, I have no clue what freenet can be used for specifically, and
 I am not skilled enough to understand technical descriptions in English - a
 dictionary also does not help me, as is does not explain terms but translate
 them merely to others (mainly in Latin or in English again) if at all.

Think of Freenet as a distributed file storage. You can connect, store
some files, and retrieve them later on. If you share the location* of
the files with others, others can retrieve those files as well, even
if you are no longer connected: everyone on the network stores small,
encrypted parts of files, so as long as a certain part of the network
stays connected, files will stay retrievable*. Best part of Freenet is
that file storage and retrieval happens anonymously: nobody can see
which files you are storing or retrieving*.

 What do I want?

 Get access to geo-blocked content of the online tv mediatheques of public
 broadcasters in - myself being an Austrian - Germany and Switzerland (there,
 thea are offering mainly news and documentations plus some cultural
 programs), for free.

 Is that something freenet can help me with at all? For Germany, I
 succesfully tried Cyberghost, but unfortunately it offers not one single
 free server in Switzerland (like in Austria). Is this a sort of access I
 could get via freenet, or is it instead a tool for protected chatting and
 only the direct exchange of files between users who, connecting specifically
 for these purposes, are having online appointments, or something? I have not
 the least idea.

 So, can freenet do what I am looking for? And how?

Given Freenet is a distributed store of data, it only supports
retrieval of data that is stored in Freenet. On top of Freenet,
applications for forum conversation and social chatting have been
developed. Freenet however cannot connect you to the open internet as
TOR and several other alternatives can.

So in short: no, Freenet cannot do what you are looking for. What you
are looking for is a proxy, in one way or another, that tricks the
other party into believing that you are a German or Swiss resident (in
other words, the proxy server will likely have to be physically
location in Germany or Switzerland respectively). Be reminded however
that such services are usually restricted to national access for
licensing reasons, and using the services from other territories will
usually break their Terms of Service and might even be considered
illegal downloading.

— Bert

* These statements are over-simplified. There are some catches to
this, but explaining them here would likely not help your
understanding of what Freenet does.
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Re: [freenet-support] Suggestion for Freenet Platform

2014-07-20 Thread Bert Massop
On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM, Momo Roberts mom...@gmx.de wrote:
 Hi all.

 My node runs on a Asus Netbook with 1 Gb ram and Linux.

 It sucks a lot of CPU, most of the time over 85%

I guess your Asus Netbook has a single-core Intel Atom processor?
Well, those are slow, and there is little we can do about that!

I have managed to run a Freenet node on an Asus EeePC 901 (1 GiB of
RAM, Intel Atom N270 single-core at 1.60 GHz) with a rather limited
number of peers (around 15 – 20, I think), FMS running in the
background, and found similar CPU utilization. Apart from that, the
machine was almost entirely unresponsive and its average ping time was
around 1 – 1.5 seconds, which is excessively high.

 In the near future i will try to move to Windows, may the JVM is better
 there !?

There should not be much difference between the performance of the
Oracle JVM on Windows and Linux. If you notice a reproducible an
verifiable performance gain by switching to Windows, please report
this as a bug.


 If the performance is right u may can use an old smartphone. Does
 anybody used a Pi as node but i don't think it has enuff cpu power

The Raspberry Pi almost certainly does not have enough computing
power. I have tried to run an Freenet node on one once, but that
failed miserably. While most of that failure can be attributed to its
lack of memory (I used a Model B v1.0, sporting only 256 MiB of
memory), the Raspberry Pi's computational power would not have been
enough to run a node with more than a handful of peers.

An old smartphone is, for the same reasons as above, unlikely to be
capable of running a full-featured Freenet node. A recent and powerful
smartphone or tablet might just do, though (although getting Freenet
to run under Android is quite another story).

— Bert
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Re: [freenet-support] Suggestion for Freenet Platform

2014-07-14 Thread Bert Massop
On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM, Volker Fervers mail...@edv-fervers.de wrote:
 Hello,

 after running freenet for years 24x7 on standard PCs I'm searching a
 different suitable platform (e.g. concerning performance, power
 consumption).

 Found this list of single-boarders:

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_single-board_computers

 Are there any reports from freenetters on the ODROID-family?

What you should keep in mind in when picking your board of choice:
- Freenet needs a reasonably powerful CPU. Multicore is a big plus,
since Freenet is threaded heavily.
- Freenet needs *lots* of RAM (don't even think about 512MiB boards).
I'd go for one with 2GiB, though 1GiB may work just fine when Freenet
is configured conservatively and without WoT/Sone/…
- Freenet will (at least in its current state) be quite heavy on
(random) I/O, up to *very* heavy when using plugins such as WoT.

I've been thinking about running Freenet on one of those cheap Android
TV sticks that can be had from China for about €35. I still haven't
made my final decision on that, though: not all seem to accept custom
Linux installation equally well.

Please keep us informed on what you end up using and how it works out for you.

— Bert
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Re: [freenet-support] Suggestion for Freenet Platform

2014-07-14 Thread Bert Massop
On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM, Matthew Toseland
matt...@toselandcs.co.uk wrote:
 On 14/07/14 11:35, Bert Massop wrote:
 On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM, Volker Fervers mail...@edv-fervers.de 
 wrote:
 Hello,

 after running freenet for years 24x7 on standard PCs I'm searching a
 different suitable platform (e.g. concerning performance, power
 consumption).

 Found this list of single-boarders:

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_single-board_computers

 Are there any reports from freenetters on the ODROID-family?
 What you should keep in mind in when picking your board of choice:
 - Freenet needs a reasonably powerful CPU. Multicore is a big plus,
 since Freenet is threaded heavily.
 IMHO the big issue here isn't horsepower, it's not having the thread
 priorities hack library. This is particularly a problem on ARM.  Freenet
 doesn't use that much CPU except when it's doing download decoding etc,
 or when there's no good JVM???

ARM processors are usually an order of magnitude slower than their
amd64 counterparts, and a good JVM is not always accessible (although
ARM support seems to have increased since I last looked at it). So
yes, thread priorities are important, but doing independent things in
parallel can really speed up computation on said slow CPUs (especially
when on WLAN, which is usually done through USB, which is in turn
quite CPU-intensive… did I mention encryption yet?) 10% CPU load on
your desktop (sounds reasonable for idle Freenet, right?) → 50% CPU
load on a cheap ARM board.

 - Freenet needs *lots* of RAM (don't even think about 512MiB boards).
 I'd go for one with 2GiB, though 1GiB may work just fine when Freenet
 is configured conservatively and without WoT/Sone/…
 512MB should be sufficient without WoT/Sone, no?

In short: it depends. I've been running Freenet on a quite capable
machine (computationally wise) with just 512MiB of memory, and I had
to set the memory limit very conservatively (IIRC somewhere around
300MiB while decreasing the stack size as well) to avoid the node
being killed by OOM too often. That's been a few years, though.
The problem with the ARM stuff is that the CPU is usually quite slow
(killing GC performance), I/O is even slower (especially without free
RAM for caching). Low RAM → a lot of GC, which is slow on a slow CPU.
Hence, you want quite a bit of memory.

 - Freenet will (at least in its current state) be quite heavy on
 (random) I/O, up to *very* heavy when using plugins such as WoT.

 I've been thinking about running Freenet on one of those cheap Android
 TV sticks that can be had from China for about €35. I still haven't
 made my final decision on that, though: not all seem to accept custom
 Linux installation equally well.
 That sounds interesting.
 Please keep us informed on what you end up using and how it works out for 
 you.

 — Bert
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Re: [freenet-support] (no subject)

2014-07-08 Thread Bert Massop
On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 9:03 PM,  dean.hawk...@rocketmail.com wrote:


 Sent from Windows Mail
 Help!  I bought a new Dell laptop, and after installing Freenet, I could
 not get it to connect to anything.  What have I done wrong?

After starting your node, it first needs to announce to the opennet
network (i.e. connect to seed nodes to obtain enough peer
connections). Under normal circumstances, it may take up to an hour to
do so. This assumes you have set your node's network security to LOW
or MEDIUM: on HIGH or MAXIMUM it will not announce to opennet, and you
should add darknet peers manually.

You can observe the current opennet connection status of your node at
[1] and your darknet connections at [2]. You can review your node's
security settings at [3].

— Bert


[1] http://127.0.0.1:/strangers/
[2] http://127.0.0.1:/friends/
[3] http://127.0.0.1:/seclevels/
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Re: [freenet-support] installation

2014-07-08 Thread Bert Massop
On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM, Michael F. Huftile
michaelfhuft...@yahoo.com wrote:
 Every time I click on the install for Mac the page cycles, but never goes to 
 installation.

I assume you are trying to install Freenet by means of clicking the
big green Install for Mac button on the Freenet Project website.
Apparently, that does not work on your system. Lacking further
information, I cannot judge on why it does not work for you.

Please follow the (somewhat more advanced) installation instructions
at [1]. You might need to follow those for Linux/UNIX if those for Mac
don't work for your system.

— Bert

[1] https://freenetproject.org/download.html
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