GNUnet 0.11.4 released
The GNU project's secure anonymous peer to peer file sharing network GNUnet has made another release for testers who are eager to try their vision of a secure overlay network for a secure and privacy-respecting Internet.
GNUnet is a peer to peer network you can use to share files. The files are located by hashes. You can download a file if you know it's hash and any peer with the file you requested will serve it. Communication between peers is done in a manner not unlike onion-routing which means no peer can know exactly who is the original sender of a file or resource.
It is nice to see GNUnet moving forward with a new release. The software and the network has been around for over a decade yet there are still less than 200 active peers.
The developers note that there are still many known issues and problems with GNUnet as of 0.11.4, including:
- There are known major design issues in the TRANSPORT, ATS and CORE subsystems which will need to be addressed in the future to achieve acceptable usability, performance and security.
- There are known moderate implementation limitations in CADET that negatively impact performance. Also CADET may unexpectedly deliver messages out-of-order.
- There are known moderate design issues in FS that also impact usability and performance.
- There are minor implementation limitations in SET that create unnecessary attack surface for availability.
- The RPS subsystem remains experimental.
- Some high-level tests in the test-suite fail non-deterministically due to the low-level TRANSPORT issues.
- The bug tracker at bugs.gnunet.org which lists about 190 more specific issues.