First, I must explain that Earthstar was written by my friend @cinnamon-bun! This does play a part in my excitement for the project, but it’s not the only reason I think it’s cool!
An offline-first, distributed, syncable, embedded document database for use in p2p software
It made me think of the way @maiki and @trashHeap have talked about using
syncthing for their own personal files. Earthstar is a backend for document syncing across devices and users. It’s not meant to serve the world all at the same time (like a Twitter, or even a Mastodon). It’s meant to serve a small group of friends who already know and trust each other reasonably well and just want to share stuff.
Check out the rules of Earthstar to wrap your head around the project: earthstar/rules-of-earthstar.md at master · earthstar-project/earthstar · GitHub
It’s ready to use now! Which is incredible to me!!! The thing is, Earthstar is the backend for file syncing, and really needs apps to be written on top of it.
LET’S WRITE SOME APPS