Can someone enlighten me, what's the difference between GNUnet, Freenet and Retroshare?
There seem to be a big overlap with SSB and ipfs too.
@charlag Cynical / pessimistic response: Because it's always nicer to start out in a greenfield project than to dive into something already existing and make it better. The latter in most cases sucks from a technical point of view but even more so from a community involvement point of view. That's why we're left with a bunch of solutions that are less than 60% complete and still unusable for the majority outside the tech / FLOSS bubble... 😟 See XMPP vs. Matrix, too.
Some of those are primarily for chat, some of them are mostly file storage, some try to do both without bias, probably with predictable results. They each have a distinct mathematical basis for what they do and distinct cultures that emerged in response to decisions made during early development
@charlag Retroshare is aimed at small groups and is mostly a self contained GUI application tho it can accept new applications as plugins.
Freenet was a big global network before pivoting to small groups. It acts like a background darknet service for other programs to use, though I think it comes with a few applications included. It's even more aimed at anonymity than RetroShare and last I checked it was even less friendly to use, but that was many years ago.
I am not really familiar with GNUnet.
This is a tiny, friendly fedi server!