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Submission + - arkOS self-hosted server crowdfund reaches 100% of goal

jacook writes: As of this afternoon (November 28th) the arkOS project to create an open-source, stable and easy-to-use self-hosted data solution has achieved 100% funding in its crowdfunding campaign, with 6 days left to go. arkOS promises to use the funds to advance the stability of the platform and to extend its features to include self-hosted email and chat services, new services for dynamic DNS integration, and much more.

Submission + - 23-year-old's open-source project gives the middle finger to Google

An anonymous reader writes: "[arkOS creator Jacob Cook is] now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With Cook’s arkOS, you’ll be able to run all of those essential services on a secure, private server in your own home that’s about the size of a credit card."

Submission + - arkOS self-hosted server platform starts a crowdfunding campaign

An anonymous reader writes: The Linux-based OS and software stack arkOS is starting a crowdfunding campaign (complete with rewards) to provide for new features, such as self-hosting email on one's own domain, encrypted backups for arkOS devices, dynamic DNS and port proxying, and tons of other goodies. They also hope to move beyond the Raspberry Pi, being able to provide support for more powerful ARM boards as well as full-sized servers and VPSes.

Submission + - Shifting Power on the Internet (

jacook writes: Why has the Internet's hierarchy and models of organization failed us? Privacy overruns, corporate walls and mass surveillance are not the future of our Internet. Can a 'distributed and decentralized' Internet, made of self-hosted servers and applications coupled with properly-implemented encryption, turn the tables on the NSA/GCHQ/etc?

Submission + - Self-hosting server platform arkOS starts crowdfund for new features (

jacook writes: arkOS is an open-source platform for securely self-hosting your online life. It is designed to help its users take control of their personal data, and to make running a server as easy as using a desktop computer. The project is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to push forward new features and to make it more stable — with some pretty neat rewards in return!

Comment Re:The world's largest botnet (Score 1) 166

Nobody suggested that arkOS would be the perfect solution to all the world's problems. Of course there will be bugs to fix, security issues to track, etc. Just like there are with literally every other operating system. Vigilance is key. But fear of potential problems that apply to every other piece of software ever developed is no reason to discard an idea out of hand.

Comment Re:The world's largest botnet (Score 2) 166

With all due respect, it's exactly this sort of distrusting end users that gives us the current predicament that we are in. Considering potential end users as "idiots" (I know, it's just a turn of phrase, but it can be representative) is exactly the wrong attitude to have. We should be striving to create software that works well and is secure, instead of feeding the dichotomy of haves and have-nots (i.e. geeks who know how to do everything themselves vs. everyone else that is SOL). There is no reason why this should continue to be the case. It is extremely important to provide secure software for users to use, and that is what I intend to do, as much as possible. There are high technical obstacles to overcome to get this to work properly but they are not insurmountable. So we shouldn't be acting like they are.

Comment Re:Home server not the fix-all (Score 1) 166

Hi! I'm the dev on this project that was quoted in the article. There are lots of concerns hosting things from home (or self-hosting in general) but arkOS hopes to cut those down as much as it possibly can. While it is not a "perfect" solution, I hope it will come to bridge the gap for a lot of people, in terms of tech skill, time and money required to host their own data. A fully-integrated dynamic DNS system is in the works, and getting an overview of usage/service statistics is already possible with some improvements to be made in the future. And of course, as long as you are using arkOS on the RPi, you have hardware limitations - you obviously can't host 10 PHP sites for all of your friends at the same time. In the future arkOS will be ported to other platforms so it can run on more powerful hardware and VPSes.

Comment Re:Home servers? (Score 2) 166

Hi! I'm the dev on this project that was quoted in the article. We obviously can't specifically encourage anyone to break the ToS of their ISP. We will do our best to make the restrictions known to people before they decide to do something. The tool is there, if they choose to use it then that is their responsibility for what they do with it. I figure that, as long as we are interested in practical decentralization, this is the best that anyone can do.

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