IPFS Weekly 24

by Jenn Turner on 2019-01-08

Welcome to the first IPFS Weekly of 2019! 🎉

For this first week back, we’ve put together a very special issue looking back on all that you, the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) community, accomplished in the last year.

2018 was a year of significant milestones

January: Mozilla adds support for Decentralization Protocols in popular web browser, Firefox.

February: The world was introduced to libp2p, a peer-to-peer networking stack built modularly, with IPFS.

March: js-ipfs v0.28.0 was released, Juan Benet presented Redecentralizing the Web to MIT’s largest research lab, the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, and go-ipfs released version 0.4.14.

April: We introduced IPFS Companion 2.2.0 and gave folks a look at go-ipfs on Windows.

May: We announced the first ever IPFSConf, Textile introduced a personal IPFS that runs on your mobile device for true decentralized storage. js-ipfs 0.29.0 was released and we closed out the month by getting the IPFS Cluster 0.4.0 release candidates out with a newly launched IPFS Cluster website to boot.

July: The Awesome IPFS list on GitHub was relaunched as a website. Released js-ipfs v0.30.0 and v0.31.0 back to back. js-libp2p had its first official release, and lastly, go-ipfs v0.4.17 was released.

August: We celebrated Lab Day 2018 in San Francisco, California (see the talks from Lab Day here) and released both the InterPlanetary Linked Data (IPLD) explorer site and the official site for js-ipfs: js.ipfs.io. We closed out the summer with the release of IPFS Cluster 0.5.0.

September: Cloudflare announced their IPFS gateway and the IPFS Weekly Newsletter returned. js-ipfs 0.32.0 was released and so was ipld-explorer-cli 0.14.

October: IPFS Pinbot emerged on Twitter.

November: A big month for releases! js-ipfs 0.33 and go-ipfs 0.4.18 and js-libp2p v0.24.0 were all released.

December: We ended the year with a bit of organization, by renaming the HTTP client libraries.

Some cool news

Some of our milestones were covered by major publications, so here’s a look back at some of the news we made.

August: Mozilla Hacks, Dweb: Building Cooperation and Trust into the Web with IPFS

September: The Guardian, Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web

October: MIT Technology Review, A big tech company is working to free the internet from big tech companies

November: Forbes Magazine, Can Decentralization Impact And Enhance Geo-Location Data Privacy?, Nasdaq, Thailand Uses Blockchain-Supported Electronic Voting System in Primaries, and Hackernoon, Breaking The Ice: A Crash Course In IPFS, Ethereum And Fat Protocols Of The Future.

Community events around the globe

Throughout the year people were excited to meet and chat about IPFS. Here are some of the events we saw each other at, and if you missed these, there’s always 2019!

January: Lisbon IPFS, 2018 is the year of the Distributed Web 🙌🏽 🌐 (see talks here and IoT Dev Fest in Tempe, Arizona.

February: The workshop WebVR/AR III: Mixed Reality Networks in Portland, Oregon.

May: Baltimore/DC IPFS held a meet-up.

August: The IPFS community descended upon Decentralized Web Summit 2018 in San Francisco, California.

October: The first IPFS Berlin meetup and IPFS Show & Tell in London took place (see the talks from London here).

2018 by the names and numbers

All told 261 contributors produced 8417 commits across 167 repositories in the IPFS project this year. Thanks to the following folks for helping make this such an amazing year for IPFS.

Huge thanks to all of you for your time, your expertise, and your contributions. We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you. ❤️

Building the web with Awesome IPFS

These are just a few of the new apps and tools that were submitted to the new Awesome IPFS site, showing that people are excited about building things with IPFS.

Thanks for reading ☺️

That’s it for this special edition of the IPFS Weekly. If we missed something, reply to this email and let us know! Next week we’ll return with all the news that’s happened across the ecosystem since the last Weekly of 2018.

If this is your first time reading the IPFS Weekly, you can learn more or get involved by checking out the project on GitHub, or joining us on IRC.

See you next week! 👋