GSoC 2017 – RetroShare via Freifunk

Hello, my name is Stefan Cokovski and I’m an undergraduate student at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. My field is Computer Networks Technologies.

Firstly, I would like to thank Google and the team responsible for organizing GSoC. GSoC is a wonderful opportunity for many students all over the world to gain some real experience working on open-source projects, but also to expand their network with new friends and potential colleagues. I would also like to thank Freifunk (for taking many projects related with computer networks under their wing and for also supporting the project RetroShare) and the lead developers (and my mentors) of RetroShare for being here for me during this community bonding period, answering my questions and helping me to improve my ideas. I’m sure they will continue to help me during the later parts of GSoC.

Before I tell you what my project involves, I would like to introduce you to what exactly RetroShare is and maybe convince you to start using it (if you don’t use it already) and possibly join the development process.

RetroShare is a decentralized, private and secure commmunication and sharing platform which provides many interesting features like file sharing, chat, messages, forums and channels. RetroShare is a free and open-source project, completely free of any costs, ads and terms of service. RetroShare is available on several operating systems, including various GNU/Linux distributions, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

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