Decentralization is an important aspect of many technological advancements, and e-mail services are one particular area of interest in this regard. Davemail is a new project which focuses on decentralizing anonymous and offline email for git users. All email communication will be sent over the git distributed version control system.
Offline Decentralized Email Service Through Davemail
Two terms that hardly ever go together is email and offline availability. Considering how traditional mail is sent through relay servers over the Internet, it seems impossible to provide such functionality in an offline environment. This is where the first negative comments on Reddit start coming into the picture, as Davemail will not act as an e-mail service as most people know it.
That being said, the Davemail solution is market as an email replacement which is easy to use and offers full RSA encryption out of the box. Up until this point, users have been able to set up their encryption preferences when dealing with email services, but it is rather complicated to do so, especially for less tech-savvy users.
Some people are comparing Davemail to how Protonmail works, but there is a major difference between the two services. Davemail is completely decentralized and uses the git distributed version control system to send and receive messages, rather than relay servers. Quite an interesting concept to say the least, although further development of the service is needed to make sure this protocol will have a chance of mainstream adoption.
But that is not the only point of discussion about the Davemail project, as people are disputing how centralized such a service can be when relying on a git protocol. To properly decentralize this concept, users need to clone to repository and host on a device – such as a Raspberry Pi – and set up an anonymous user account with an SSH key. Once this key is shared among users, the decentralization process can begin.
Even though these steps may sound rather complicated, the process is very straightforward and takes all but a few commands to get things up and to run. Git repository owners assume full responsibility for reducing spam, as they can determine how many emails users can send within a given period. Moreover, the anonymity aspect of this concept sounds very appealing to people who take their privacy more seriously.
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