Let’s try to list projects that are similar to MaidSafe or parts of it.
Ideal format would be:
Name (with hyperlink to website if applicable)
Status (concept / alpha / beta / released / dead)
Optional comparison with MaidSafe.
The idea is to have a list of pointers to facilitate discovery. Ideally, this would expand into a wiki page where comparisons could be made.
Paid for storage business (no other functionality) based on a network of professional storage providers (analogous to the bitcoin mining network). Siacoin is purely for storage purchase and resource reward - see economics description on reddit.
I placed this at the top because I think it is the most relevant I’ve seen so far, though not a direct competitor really as the economics, implementations and goals are quite different - see comparison discussion on reddit. The lead Sia dev made some ill informed claims about SAFE on that discussion which suggests to me he sees SAFE as a threat to his business model, which while decentralized, is still big server oriented, and otherwise fairly conventional. If as he claims Sia offers much higher performance, the two will exist side-by-side, if not, he’s toast!
Decentralized storage network with client-side encryption. There are ambitions to use it for decentralized social networks, Dropbox-like services and so on.
Free software, fair number of committers.
1TB extra HD space - Space Monkey forms a global distributed storage network, you’ll be able to access and store data from anywhere with an Internet connection, even if your own device is offline. (comments about)
Blockchain with smart contracts like everyone else?
Status: in development
Bitcloud is a universal protocol aiming to provide a massive distributed
database and filesystem, or “virtual hard disk”, capable of storing data encrypted and signed across all connected nodes, protecting privacy and guaranteeing quality of service (QoS). Builds on the ideas of the blockchain and Tahoe LAFS, but the blockchain is replaced with a dist. db.
Status: live and under active development.
On the face of things it sounds remarkably similar to Project SAFE, even using DHT and Kademlia technology, encryption routing and communication (node addresses are effectively encryption keys). So it achieves anonymous, fully encrypted, non DNS, non TCP/IP routing, and on top of this application services are provided such as own flavour messaging, chat, torrent, distributed storage, and legacy services though “tunnel” bridging tools (for example traditional websites accessible anonymously via i2p). Open source of course.
A cryptocurrency where the blockchain is extended with smart contracts, meaning distributed apps can be built on top.
“Permacoin is Repurposing Your Bitcoin Work for Data Preservation”
“Filecoin is a data storage network and electronic currency based on Bitcoin.”
“The Master Protocol facilitates the creation and trading of smart
properties and user currencies as well as other types of smart
contracts. Mastercoins serve as the binding between bitcoins (BTC),
smart properties and smart contracts created on top of the Mastercoin
“Built on NXT. Burst isn’t just a clone with a new mining algorithm, it has and is
getting new features all the time, such as escrow, which has already
been implemented, and many more planned and coming soon”
In a nuthsell, it’s a PoW (Proof-of-Work) coin, based on NXT (http://nxt.org/). It basically uses HDD instead of traditional GPU’s/CPU’s/ASIC’s to mine coins. At the moment all that is stored in the space used up on your HDD, are plots, which don’t do anything really but take up space.
Status: concept (alpha nov 2015)
- p2p infrastructure
- user owned privacy oriented social network
- (indie phone)
Eris by Project Douglas
Status: Something on github
decentralised application “framework” that can sit on any blockchain (targetted at Ethereum / Bitcoin but not tied)
uses the blockchain’s own currency