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Jan 14, 2010

RetroShare

So, I like P2P for getting my downloads fast, new Linux distributions and such, but what about sharing my content?  Most of the content I want to share with my family and friends is private, and I would like to keep it that way, so what are my options?  Well, I don't want to use P2P for sharing my files, as that will allow anyone to get hold of it... but I want the security and speed offered via a distributed system.  I don't want the hassle of setting up a secure FTP server, mostly because messing with SSH certificates is a bit of a bore.  The solution I found, uses the benefits of P2P, and the administration of SFTP - F@F.

F2F is the acronym for a friend to friend network, this solution will allow me to use a P2P network structure, but only invite friends to join in the media sharing.  After some looking around I have found RetroShare.  This little application is cross-platform, meaning it can be run on Linux, Mac, and Windows - truly allowing any of my friends/family to access and retrieve my data.  There are a few options for F2F, but I believe RetroShare to be the only active project with cross-platform support... but if you know different, share the love!

I currently have it running on my Ubuntu HTPC, as it is always on, I have yet to get friends/family set up with their clients, as I want to play with it a little myself.
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