IndieWeb Summit 2016 discussion day
Following Shane’s call-to-arms (to write more than 140 characters at a time) and gRegor’s lead and to spite Sandro who doesn’t want to read it, I wanted to write a little bit about day 1 of the IndieWeb Summit while it’s all still fresh.
Observation: I’m an odd mixture of excited/energized and sleepy. Keep yawning through conversations I’m super interested in hearing. I’m incredibly happy to be part of this community. And I’m proud that I get to act as any kind of “leader” within it, even though that is so not my normal mode.
Sessions were excellent. First thing we talked about web hosting and how we can make it accessible to a wider audience. Shared hosting sucks and really limits the type of software you can run; VPS requires major intense UNIX knowledge and time and effort; PaaS’s are great but still very technical and kind of expensive for people just screwing around with a personal site. I really latched on to the idea of sort of a co-op model where friends share space, and have one or a few dedicated sysadmins… sort of like tilde.club or that server your friend ran in college, with someone who’s excited to help their friends (a small group of people who know and trust each other) setup/admin/run their sites. The admin would provision and install software manually until some parts become awful, and then automate those pain points (and hopefully end up with something (re)useful). This feels like an “in”, where typically the hosting issue just feels totally impenetrable to me.
(This might be a terrible idea that will create horrible security and/or ruin friendships)
Eric led a session on Camlistore. Together with a podcast about IPFS I listened to recently, I guess I’m starting to get it, sort of? Content addressable static resources part makes a ton of sense, but I haven’t connected the dots on the mutable layer on top of that (in either Camlistore or IPFs). I’d like to learn more about that because naively I’d expect that to be the weak link in terms of longevity — You have a terrabyte of SHA1’ed data that you can check and verify, but if the (mutable) index gets corrupted, how do you find anything?
Closing out the afternoon, I found a comfy couch and listened in on a session on longevity lead by Emma.