The MaidSafe company and Developer Pods are building the platform/protocol used to by the SAFE Network.
It is important to define the relationship to help people understand how it works.
There are 2 levels of distinction.
- The core protocol (MaidSafe API) connects and contributes to the SAFE Network.
- A client APP (Application) acts as a user interface for the API and the SAFE Network.
Running the MaidSafe API is considered an upper layer to the ISP connection.
PC ~> ISP ~> MaidSafe API ~> APP (Safe browser) ~> The SAFE Network.
Here is a traditional internet connection.
PC ~> ISP ~> APP (Firefox browser) ~> Internet.
In order to connect to the SAFE Network.
You need to run the MaidSafe API program (not available until Beta Launch).
On Beta launch, the API should be available for download on http://maidsafe.net/overview and/or https://github.com/maidsafe/MaidSafe/wiki
After you install and run the MaidSafe API, you will need a compatible APP to interact with the SAFE Network. Trying to surf the SAFE Network with a regular internet browser will not work, due to the API protocols.
Is there a compatible APP for the SAFE Network?
Yes, MaidSafe has already created an APP called LifeStuff which should also be available once the SAFE Network is launched.
The above answers are unofficial because the details have not been finalized with MaidSafe as of yet. However this is done to the best of my knowledge. I will update this post if any corrections need to be made or details clarified. We are only in TestNet 1 of 3 before launch. Things can and do change.