Irdest April 2022 announcement
it's been a few months since our last announcement and a lot of things
have happened since then!
Grant funding updates
In the last e-mail I hinted that we were going to open/ rework our
NLnet  grant funding agreement. This has now happened and I'm very
excited to welcome new people to the core Irdest development team.
Together we will work on everything from driver integration,
user-facing clients, better packet encoding and encryption, and
testing frameworks. A full breakdown of milestones is available in
our wiki .
I'm very excited for this summer of development and the progress we
will make towards an Irdest beta. In the meantime, we also have
another small release ready for you!
This version of Ratman fixes some significant bugs that existed in 0.3
that prevented various peering mechanisms to work properly. A lot of
testing has gone into this version to make sure it is easier to use
and less prone to crashing. /Note that this is a breaking update/.
Following is a short overview of significant changes.
• Ratman stores runtime settings in a configuration file and has
better default configuration values, which allow you to start the
daemon without any arguments
• We now provide a simple web dashboard on `localhost:8090' where you
can see existing addresses on the network. This dashboard will be
expanded in the future
• The Ratman daemon can now also be launched via the –daemonize and
–pidfile flags to make integration into operating systems easier.
It now also supports logging into syslog
• Network floods are now namespaced via an address, instead of going
to every participant. Filtering still has to be done on the
client-side, which will likely change in the next release
• Various bug fixes, performance, and documentation improvements :)
You can read more details in our new CHANGELOG . Overall I am very
happy with this release and would like to thank the following people
for making this version of Ratman possible 🖤
• Bluju <bluju(a)Bluju.local>
• Lux <lux(a)lux.name>
• Manos Pitsidianakis <el13635(a)mail.ntua.gr>
• Yureka <yuka(a)yuka.dev>
• embr <git(a)liclac.eu>
• oooh chew <gx_339-4(a)pm.me>
You can download Ratman v0.4.0 from your friendly neighbourhood
package repository, or from <https://irde.st/downloads>
If you have questions or comments, feel free to drop by our community
mailing list  or our matrix channel .