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Francis Irving [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] Hello from WebTorrent 2013-12-30 12:09:19 (7 years 12 days 10:40:00 ago)
Feross, quick question about this...

Can WebRTC Data Channels natively speak arbitary protocols, so they
can just implement the regular BitTorrent protocol?

Or will existing BitTorrent clients need updating?


On Sun, Dec 08, 2013 at 03:31:00PM -0800, Feross Aboukhadijeh wrote:
> Hey everyone! I think Redecentralize is awesome – glad that you're
> spreading these important ideas to a broader audience. I actually had a
> slide about Redecentralize in my talk about WebRTC Data Black
> Magic<http://vimeo.com/77265280> at
> RealtimeConf!
> I wanted to share a bit about my new project, WebTorrent<http://webtorrent.io>
> .
> I'm building a browser BitTorrent client that requires no install (no
> plugin/extension/etc.) and fully-interoperates with the regular BitTorrent
> network. We'll use WebRTC Data Channels for peer-to-peer transport, so the
> entire client is basically one JavaScript file.
> Since WebTorrent is web-first, it's simple for users who do not understand
> .torrent files, magnet links, NAT configuration, etc. to use BitTorrent. By
> making it easier, we're making it accessible to new swathes of users who
> were previously intimidated, confused, or unwilling to install a program on
> their machine to participate.
> I think this is one of the most exciting uses of WebRTC to date, and I hope
> you'll check out the project at http://webtorrent.io. Nothing works yet and
> there's still a lot of code to be written, but I'm pretty sure the concept
> is sound.
> Feross
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