I did some reading and video watching on ipfs. I’m impressed (partly because so far it just works, partly because it looks to be the result of a man on a mission).

A lot of what keybase does, ipfs does insecurely, but in a decentralized manner. Looking under the hoods, it seems there are a few bootstrap servers used for finding peers or joining the network, but in three tests I had several hundred peers in a few minutes. Traffic levels didn’t seem unusual.

On a webserver I did notice traffic on port 4001 needed to be allowed (please tell me you do egress and ingress filtering?) before I could join the network, but once that was done everything just lined up. I spot checked from the ipv6 available server, of about 750 peers, all were still ipv4 (will linux on the desktop or ipv6 come first…).

Spot checking, creating a file on a non-peered server in New York, and typing its hash in my local ui gave very fast resolution (it took me way longer to copy/paste the result hash than it did to resolve it). While they advertise this as alpha, it seems like it works pretty robustly for small setups.

There’s no explicit guarantees either of anonymity or of data protection, if you want access controls, you want to implement those on top of this system – this is more like a public bulletin board than a limited access shared folder, you want to either use gpg, or some other control, to ensure that things you didn’t mean to share with everyone forever in a potentially irrevocable manner don’t get plastered into the worlds collective memory.

Speaking of immediately available and public information, you can fetch my public key from ipfs here.