Yea, but you don't know all the nodes in the network, you just know
the ones your connected to. So if one of those links between the
networks goes down, half your downloads stall out and die. And
wouldn't that put a pretty big strain on certain computers? I mean, if
you get this global network of small networks...90% of the data you
request will probably be on another 'network'. The number of
connections between these networks is going to be a lot smaller than
connections within the network. Therefore the computers that connect
between them are gonna have a much greater strain on them than the
ones that are only linked to one 'network'. And if these individual
networks fully connect and have an opennet. Except you
have to physically get your node connections from someone else. So you
have an opennet with much fewer connections, which doesn't seem like a
good thing.

On 8/26/06, Evan Daniel <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >>Freenet 0.5 is an opennet. You connect to any random node that happens
> >>to be on. Freenet 0.7 doesn't have this yet. In 0.7, there is no main
> >>network. There might be now, but the idea of the way it currently is
> >>setup is to allow small groups to connect without connecting to
> >>everyone else.
> >
> >That is not true.  Freenet 0.7 is designed to form one global  network, not
> >multiple independent networks consisting of small groups.
> >
> >Ian.
> Ian,
> How can freenet grow to be a global network unless someone in one group
> trades connection information with someone in another group?
> Hypothetical - A group of people in England, another in France, another in
> Russia, and another in China have grown individual trusted 0.7 freenets. No
> one in any of these groups knows someone in the other freenet group, and
> they don't want to just advertise in IRC chat to find someone to connect to
> because they don't know and trust this as a way to add people to their
> freenet. How will these freenet groups become a part of a global network?

They won't.  But your assumptions are off -- there's lots of good
reasons to assume that once a small local network passes a handful of
connected users it will gain a connection to a different network.  And
then you have a global network.  This is what is meant when people say
0.7 is designed to form a global network -- there is no magic, except
for the underlying properties of the social connections the network is
built upon.

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