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  1. Write a killer file-sharing application

    The title essentially says it all. Freenet would increase notably in popularity if it could be used to reliably and efficiently share files. This would at a minimum entail (a) a good search engine and (b) a mechanism to preserve the integrity of files. The latter could either be reinsertion of missing blocks by seeders, or simply removing files from the search results when they lose their integrity.

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      One of our Summer of Code students is working on a file search plugin. This should make it easier to upload and download files, rather than having to rely mostly on asking for files on forums, as happens now.

      There is already a “Keepalive” unofficial plugin to ensure that files remain on Freenet. We will look into improving this and integrating it better into Freenet. Generally this should be used by people other than the original inserter for security reasons.

    • one GUI for all

      For new (non-technical) users it may be very difficult to understand what they really need, how to do it and how to use it.

      The entry point of an application plus its visible style, the user interface aso. are playing the biggest role for acceptance nowadays.

      Therefore there may be the need of a GUI (I imagine one written in XUL, so it runs on all plattforms, easily extensible, aso., we are already using a custom firefox profile so why don't write our own user interface?) that provides all mechanisms that are available throughout the freenet network. File sharing, messaging,…

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        It is not necessary for a user interface to be “standalone” for it to be easy to use. The most urgent priority has to be improving the existing web interface: Make it easier to use, make it easier to do what you want to do (chat, filesharing etc). Currently, xor is working on improving the WebOfTrust backend so that Sone (our microblogging tool), FlogHelper (a site insert tool), Freemail etc will work better. Freemail v0.2 will be included in the next build and works much better than Freemail v0.1. We have a student working on filesharing, see the top voted poll. Meanwhile we have _mak working on redesigning the web interface to make it easier to use and more attractive/modern.

      • Make FMS/Freetalk part of the Freenet project

        A working messaging system (FMS/Freetalk) could be included in the core Freenet project and some fraction of time could be dedicated to it.

        Currently the lack of a working, trusted, bundled messaging system contrasts with good usability of core Freenet. This is an issue for end users and harms user retention, because communities cannot exist without messaging. (Some people stopped running Freenet node altogether since Frost is unavailable).

        The proposal is:
        - As a minimum, Freenet devs could review FMS/Freenet specs and publish an official "RFC-like" specifications for Freenet messaging. This would settle disputes over minor details. Making trusted specifications…

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          Freetalk is an official plugin, but is not ready for wide usage yet, due to serious performance problems. xor is working on improving the WebOfTrust backend, which should solve most of these problems. This should happen in the fairly near future as xor is now paid by FPI for this task. Meanwhile you can use FMS, and look into Sone, a microblogging tool similar to popular social networks, but anonymous.

        • Less hard drive, more RAM use

          The HDD activity is worrying/annoying me.
          Freenet on = constant HDD activity =
          - less life for my hard drive (I care less about the money than the data on it)
          - the system is VERY laggy (Win7 x64 OS on a different drive than Freenet)
          - noisy

          I've noticed FN creates HUNDREADS of little (32kB) fragmented files. Can't this data be placed in RAM and dumped every minute or so? Inside a big, not fragmented, file?

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            Recent builds should improve this significantly: although there is more work to do, disk writes related to the database should be significantly reduced. I’m assuming you had lots of downloads queued?

          • Migrate Freenet wiki to Mediawiki

            Mirate Freenet wiki (http://wiki.freenetproject.org/) to standard MediaWiki.

            MediaWiki is a de facto standard for wiki software (used by wikipedia for example).

            Wikka Wakka that we have now uses slightly different wiki code dialect and a different GUI. It may require some additional effort to learn and thus limit users contribution.

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            • FEC support for 64-bit (linux)

              If i am not mistaken, freenet does not support FEC for 64-bit (linux) systems.
              (Or i was to dumb to get it running)

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              • SVG support

                Would be nice if Scalable Vector Graphics could be allowed like jpeg or png images. While providing very good quality at any scale, SVGs keep being very light. The ability to look into the source code makes them a lot safer than proprietary formats.

                Firefox already supports SVG. Integration looks like this:
                object type="image/svg+xml" data="image.svg" /object

                May SVG integration be part of Freenet one day ?

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