Byzantiumm Linux: First Step to the Mandlebot

A few months ago I wrote a couple posts first about a found story on BoingBoing about a future where the web decentralizes, and then wrote a companion piece based on one of my own characters going on about the concept. The idea put forward depends very much on devices both being able to talk to eachother and to go keep track of a wider network; instead of merely connecting to a network and that's that.

Well there's a group that's coming out with a linux distribution that does pretty much that. Granted it's aimed at disaster scenarios but from your average meatsack web surfer's perspective what is No Internet but a kind of disaster. Sure it's not Flood or Earthquake, or Massive Fires, but as a society we're wired and don't react well if we can't easily pass information on.

So now that it's up and running and being developed. What do you want Team Byzantiumm to do with their lovely distro?

Me personally? I'd like to see what they can do for a social network/facebook replacement. One would think Disporia would be the logical go-to here but apparently if these folk are still looking then there's something keeping D* from being the no-brainer choice (for whatever reason.)

Now if these people could make the whole thing work on non x86 systems (raspberry pi anyone?) systems we'd be in business. If they can get over that issue then they'll be able to have so many more nodes. For instance instead of having to have a power hungry laptop running full time you could have a firmware flashed router running this off a flash drive.

That's the thing about Mesh Networks. They need LOTS of nodes to work due to how short range 802.11 coverage is. Given I live rural this doesn't exactly help me or really anyone that doesn't at least have a few neighbors they can reach (your best bet would be an apartment complex where everyone's running a node.) Thing is while I'm personally in the dark on meshability, that might not be the case in the future, or we'll move on to a different standard for everyone to use that isn't as short ranged (then again with the right antenna and going past legal limits on power you can get Miles out of the 802.11 standard.)

Oh don't laugh. In a disaster situation a couple of those dish wifi spots could connect several important stations that need to stay connected. The trouble is it's very very directional.

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