March 20, 2005
BitTorrent Plug-in For Firefox Proposed
I have been mulling over this idea for quite come time, now and I have decided that I will publish it here and solicit feedback because I don’t think that I have the programming skills to exploit it in short order, which I assume that other people are.
“The Idea” is to integrate bittorrent and firefox somehow - optimally with a plugin, but with a patch if necessary, so that one could imbed bittorrent trackers in webpages and have stuff like images, or random files seemlessly hosted by peer-to-peer. I think that this is an excelent idea to cut down on the bandwidth necessary to host large, high-volume sights, and would immediately propel firefox (or any other browser that implemented it) into a majority marketshare position.
I have been thinking over how to construct a totally peer-to-peer hosted website using bittorrent, but as of now, the solution escapes me. The problem is that websites are inherently dynamic, where as peer-to-peer is inherently static. Once the first suggestion is implemented, I am sure that the solution will begin to emerge with more clarity. In any case, this is probably a “good enough” fix, for those simply worried about bandwith and avalibility issues.
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