How did the LibreWeb project started? And how will the future look like?
Insipired by Douglas Engelbart, Tim Berners-Lee and Ted Nelson. Ted created a Hypertext markup language (HTML). Tim proposed an information management system, created a client-server implementation using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). We all know this now as the World Wide Web.
LibreWeb project started in 2014. LibreWeb initially wanted to change the Internet topology by building a large mesh network with routers and/or specialized long-range WiFi hardware. Giving you an alternative Internet connection, but was forseen to be difficult to scale. Also in the meanwhile better alternatives will become possible; like the Starlink project from Elon Musk.
So in 2020 we changed our course and our goals. Instead LibreWeb now focuses towards a decentralized web stack (building on top of IPFS). Enabling users (yes, you) to easily surf the decentralized web as well as publish their content/sites on LibreWeb. Removing the underlying complexity from the end-users.
We are using GitLab Milestones to track the roadmap features/epics of the project and their priority. If you find a specific issue important to you, you can prioritize that issue by giving it a “thumbs up”.
The mission of LibreWeb is to create a fully decentralized web & web-browser, build on top of IPFS. Allowing users to easily surf the decentralized web as well as publish content on the decentralized web.
Our source-code is hosted on GitLab, which consists of multiple projects.
The main project is the LibreWeb Browser repository, see also:
The following success criteria has been identified from the beginning:
LibreWeb has a dedicated Research Lab project. This is a place for experiments, research and prototypes. We make dediciations based on facts, before rolling-out new ideas.
LibreWeb is using the IPFS stack to accelerate the decentralized web movement.
People can contribute to LibreWeb from all over the world - and that can include you.
LibreWeb is a decentralized Internet alternative, make a better decentralized world by contributing to LibreWeb.