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README.md

This project is currently in early-access deep-alpha testing phase. Do not rely on it for anything.


cryptic-net

The cryptic-net project provides the foundation for an autonomous community cloud infrastructure.

The core components of cryptic-net, currently, are:

  • A VPN which enables direct peer-to-peer communication, while transparently handling NAT punching.

  • An S3-compatible network database which replicates and shards its dataset amongst all hosts providing storage. Each user can provide as much storage as they care to, if any.

These components are wrapped into a single binary, with all manual setup being automated away by glue code. cryptic-net takes "just works" very seriously.

Participants are able to build upon these foundations to host services for themselves and others. They can be assured that their communications are private and their storage is reliable, all with zero administrative overhead and zero third parties involved.

Documentation

NOTE: There is currently only a single live cryptic-net which can be joined, though generalizing the bootstrap process so others can create their own network is planned. If you do not know the admins of this cryptic-net then unfortunately there's not much you can do right now.

cryptic-net users fall into different roles, depending on their level of involvement and expertise within their particular network. The documentation for cryptic-net is broken down by these categories, so that the reader can easily know which documents they need to care about.

User Docs

Users are participants who use cryptic-net resources, but do not provide any network or storage resources themselves. Users may be accessing the network from a laptop, and so are not expected to be online at any particular moment.

Documentation for users:

Operator Docs

Operators are participants who own a dedicated host which they can expect to be always-online (to the extent that's possible in a residential environment). Operator hosts will need at least one of the following to be useful:

  • A static public IP, or a dynamic public IP with dDNS set up.

  • At least 100GB of unused storage which can be reserved for the network.

Operators are expected to be familiar with server administration, and to not be afraid of a terminal.

Documentation for operators:

Admin Docs

Admins are participants who control membership within the network. They are likely operators as well.

Documentation for admins:

Dev Docs

Dev may or may not be participants in any particular cryptic-net. They instead are those who work on the actual code for cryptic-net.

Documentation for devs:

Misc

Besides documentation, there are a few other pages which might be useful: