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README.md

P2P VPS - Client

What is P2P VPS?

P2P VPS aspires to create a peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace offering Virtual Private Servers (VPS), similar to Digital Ocean or Vultr. This would also be similar to co-location services like Raspberry Pi Hosting or Mythic Beasts. However, instead of using a data center, the marketplace would use an array of pseudo-anonymous IoT devices (like the Raspberry Pi) hosted by people participating in the marketplace. Anyone with an internet connection and a device capable of running Docker can rent that device in the P2P VPS marketplace.

While the applications of such a network are similar, the P2P VPS marketplace will never have the speed or reliability of the commercial outfits linked above. Instead, the focus of P2P VPS is to create a decentralized network of anonymous web servers, capable of delivering websites or web apps, in order to prevent censorship and promote free speech.

Members participating in the marketplace can earn cryptocurrency by renting out their device, while helping to create a more decentralized internet at the same time. That's the focus of the P2P VPS network. In this way, the P2P VPS software is censorship-fighting software similar to, but very different from, TOR.

For more information, read the full documentation

About This Repository

This repository is the client-side software needed to turn a computer into a VPS. By 'computer' we mean any computer. An old laptop, a Virtual Machine (VM) running on a desktop, or even an Internet of Things (IoT) device like a Raspberry Pi. Any computer capable of running Docker. The P2P VPS software is composed of three software packages:

  1. The Client software runs on any computer and allows the device to be rented on the marketplace.
  2. The Server software includes the database models, REST APIs, website content, and Vue.js marketplace app.
  3. Server Deployment is a collection of Docker containers used to easily deploy copies of the Server.

This repository contains The Client.

Installation

  • This repository currently targets two different types of hardware: One targets the Raspberry Pi. The other targets Ubuntu 16.04 environment running in a VirtualBox VM.

  • Each target of the Client has two versions. The simple client is the simplest possible client. You should install this client first before moving on to the more complex flash client. The flash client builds on top of the simple client by adding sudo privileges and persistent storage.

  • Installation Instructions:

File Layout

  • The client directory contains various implementations of the P2P VPS Client code, targeting different hardware. Within each implementation are the following sub-directories:

    • The simple directory creates the simplest possible client. It will set up a reverse SSH connection with no persistent storage and the user will not have sudo privileges. It's the simplest, most limited, way to create a VPS that can be rented out on P2P VPS. This client is primarily used for testing.

    It is best to build this client first, before moving on to a more complex version of the client.

    • the flash-storage directory creates a more complex Client by adding sudo privileges and persistent storage.

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2018 Chris Troutner and P2P VPS Inc.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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Client code targeted at Ubuntu VM and Raspberry-Pi in order to turn them into a P2PVPS Client.

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