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[liberationtech] GNUnet 0.11.0pre66 released - Next Generation Internet Prototype

Stephen Michael Kellat smkellat at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 7 20:09:24 PDT 2018


Divorcing GNUnet from GNU is pretty much a non-starter.

Stephen Michael Kellat

On Thu, Jun 07, 2018 at 07:03:21AM -0700, join at smartercleanup.org wrote:
> Looks like a fantastic project, but if they want it to catch on and get people to contribute, they will need a much better name than GNUnet.
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> GNU is an insider geek acronym that stinks of esoteric terminology. It feels very limiting to others who don't know the history of GNU. You will need a dynamic coalition of people with a variety of skills (marketing, design, business, etc) to change the internet from the ground up.
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> Also GNU is too closely affiliated with Richard Stallman, who struggles to reach mass audiences because of a similar issue. Regardless of his ideals, he is way too geeky and socially lacking. It is crucial to conquer ignorance when it comes to the power of diversity   ;)
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> I don't have a better name off the top of my head, but GNUnet will have to go IMHO. You need a name and marketing concept that is very foundational and has a clean recognizable metaphor (like Fabric).
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> Hopefully changing the name doesn't break the project (codewise, or politically for those invested in the name GNUnet) but I argue that it will be essential to realize true success of such an ambitious effort.
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> ---- On Thu, 07 Jun 2018 03:10:04 -0700 carlo von lynX <lynX at time.to.get.psyced.org> wrote ----
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> Since it's been four years waiting, I forward this FYI.
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> To reduce the four year figure in the future, maybe more
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> people should work on this. File under: Next Generation
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> Internet, properly designed alternatives to current
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> blockchain codebases, foundational work for distributed,
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> not just decentralized networking. If you wonder why we'd
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> need a new Internet, https://secushare.org/broken-internet
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> ----- Forwarded message from Christian Grothoff <grothoff at gnunet.org> -----
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> Dear all,
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> We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.11.0pre66. This is a
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> pre-release to assist developers and downstream packagers to test the
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> package before the final release after four years of development.
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> In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a very
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> large number of known open issues in particular with respect to ease of
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> use, but also some critical privacy issues especially for mobile users.
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> Also, the nascent network is tiny (~200 peers) and thus unlikely to
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> provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of interesting information.
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> As a result, the 0.11.0 release and especially this pre-release are only
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> suitable for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance.
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> License change
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> ==============
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> GNUnet 0.11.0pre66 is the first release that will be made under the
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> GNU Affero General Public License v3+. After a significant amount of
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> internal discussion lead constructively by Lynx (thanks!), the
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> conclusion has been that the IPC and REST APIs should be extended with
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> support for an GNUNET_MESSAGE_TYPE_AGPL or /agpl request that enables
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> users of these client/service-style APIs to download the source code.
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> Naturally, the discussion on licensing may not necessarily end here, but
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> at this point we are not aware of any dissent in the community and this
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> release seems to be the right time to make such a change. While the
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> final decision was not subjected to a broad feedback round, this was
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> done simply on the grounds that this placement of the AGPL API seems to
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> addresses all concerns that were raised. Finally, thanks to the
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> copyright assignment all developers are participating in, the community
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> will be able to revise this decision later if necessary.
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> It should also be noted that this change does not impose additional
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> restrictions on the licensing models of GNU Taler or pEp: both projects
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> have agreements with GNUnet e.V. that ensure that they can make
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> decisions that fit these applications (not to mention significant parts
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> of GNU Taler are already AGPLv3+ already).
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> About GNUnet
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> ============
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> GNUnet is a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking. GNUnet's
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> primary design goals are to protect the privacy of its users and to
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> guard itself against attacks or abuse. At this point, GNUnet offers four
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> primary applications on top of the framework:
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> The file-sharing service allows anonymous censorship-resistant
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> file-sharing. Files, searches and search results are encrypted to make
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> it hard to control, track or censor users. GNUnet's anonymity protocol
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> (gap) is designed to make it difficult to link users to their
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> file-sharing activities. Users can also individually trade-off between
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> performance and anonymity. Despite providing anonymity, GNUnet's
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> excess-based economy rewards contributing users with better performance.
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> The VPN service allows offering of services within GNUnet (using the
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> .gnu TLD) and can be used to tunnel IPv4 and IPv6 traffic over the P2P
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> network. The VPN can also be used for IP protocol translation (6-to-4,
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> 4-to-6) and it is possible to tunnel IP traffic over GNUnet (6-over-4,
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> 4-over-6). Note that at this stage, it is possible for peers to
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> determine the IP address at which services are hosted, so the VPN does
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> not offer anonymity.
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> The GNU Name System (GNS) provides a fully-decentralized and censorship
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> resistant replacement for DNS. GNS can be used alongside DNS and can be
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> integrated with legacy applications (such as traditional browsers) with
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> moderate effort. GNS provides censorship-resistance, memorable names and
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> cryptographic integrity protection for the records. Note that at this
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> stage, it is possible for a strong adversary to determine which peer is
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> responsible for a particular zone, GNS does not offer strong anonymity.
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> However, GNS offers query privacy, that is other participants can
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> typically not decrypt queries or replies.
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> Conversation allows voice calls to be made over GNUnet. Users are
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> identified using GNS and voice data is encrypted. However, Conversation
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> does not provide anonymity at this stage --- other peers may observe a
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> connection between the two endpoints and it is possible to determine the
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> IP address associated with a phone.
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> Other applications, including in particular the SecuShare social
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> networking application, are still strictly experimental.
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> For developers, GNUnet offers:
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>  Access to all subsystems via clean C APIs
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>  Mostly written in C, but extensions possible in other languages
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>  Multi-process architecture for fault-isolation between components
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>  Use of event loop and processes instead of threads for ease of
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>  development
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>  Extensive logging and statistics facilities
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>  Integrated testing library for automatic deployment of large-scale
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>  experiments with tens of thousands of peers
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> Noteworthy improvements in 0.11.0pre66:
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> ========================================
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>  Improved documentation, converting Drupal handbook
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>  to Texinfo (thanks ng0!)
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>  GNU Name System now can take over arbitrary TLDs, and
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>  support for conversion from DNS zones to GNS exists
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>  Critical bugfixes in CORE, DHT and CADET subsystems
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> The above is just the short list, our bugtracker lists over 350
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> individual issues that were resolved
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> (see https://gnunet.org/bugs/changelog_page.php).
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> Known Issues
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> ============
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> We have a few issues that are most likely not resolved in the final
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> release. Users should be aware of these issues, which we hope to address
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> shortly.
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>  There are known major design issues in TRANSPORT, ATS and CORE
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>  which will need to be addressed for usability, performance
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>  and security.
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>  There are known moderate implementation limitations in CADET that
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>  impact performance.
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>  There are known moderate design issues in FS that also impact
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>  usability and performance.
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>  There are minor implementation limitations in SET that create
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>  unnecessary attack surface for availability.
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>  The Web site and manuals still need significant rework.
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>  Subsystems related to SecuShare and RPS remain experimental.
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> In addition to this list, you may also want to consult our bug tracker
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> at https://gnunet.org/bugs/ which lists about 200 more specific issues.
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> Availability
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> ============
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> The GNUnet 0.11.0pre66 source code is available from all GNU FTP
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> mirrors. The GTK frontends (which includes the gnunet-setup tool) are a
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> separate download. Please note that some mirrors might still be
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> synchronizing.
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> GNUnet on a FTP mirror near you
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>  http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/gnunet/gnunet-0.11.0pre66.tar.gz
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> GNUnet GTK on an FTP mirror near you
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>  http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/gnunet/gnunet-gtk-0.11.0pre66.tar.gz
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> GNUnet FUSE on an FTP mirror near you
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>  http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/gnunet/gnunet-fuse-0.11.0pre66.tar.gz
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> GNUnet on the primary GNU FTP server
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>  ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/gnunet/gnunet-0.11.0pre66.tar.gz
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> GNUnet GTK on the primary GNU FTP server
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>  ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/gnunet/gnunet-gtk-0.11.0pre66.tar.gz
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> GNUnet FUSE on the primary GNU FTP server
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>  ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/gnunet/gnunet-fuse-0.11.0pre66.tar.gz
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> Note that GNUnet is now started using "gnunet-arm -s". GNUnet should be
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> stopped using "gnunet-arm -e".
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> Thanks
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> ======
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> This release was the work of many people. The following people
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> contributed code and were thus easily identified:
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> Christian Grothoff, Matthias Wachs, Bart Polot, Sree Harsha Totakura,
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> Nathan S. Evans, Martin Schanzenbach, Julius Bünger, Nils Gillmann,
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> Philipp Tölke, Florian Dold, Руслан Ижбулатов, tg(x), David Barksdale,
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> Christian Fuchs, Nils Durner, Omar Tarabai, Maximilian Szengel, Supriti
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> Singh, lurchi, David Brodski, xrs, Fabian Oehlmann, Carlo von lynX,
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> Christophe Genevey Metat, Jeffrey Burdges, Safey A.Halim, Daniel Golle,
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> Phil, Bruno Cabral, Ji Lu, Heikki Lindholm, Markus Teich, t3sserakt,
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> Claudiu Olteanu, Marcello Stanisci, Moon, anryko, Arthur Dewarumez,
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> Julien Morvan, Adnan H, Lin Tong, Andreas Fuchs, Christian Rupp, jah,
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> Alejandra Morales, Matthias Kolja Miehl, Andrew Cann, Antonio Ojea,
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> Pascal Mainini, amirouche and hark.
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> Further Information
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> GNUnet Homepage
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>  https://gnunet.org/
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> GNUnet Bug tracker
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>  https://gnunet.org/bugs/
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> IRC
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>  irc://irc.freenode.net/#gnunet
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