New IOSlave To Access Freenet In Konqueror

A new KDE IOSlave enabling easy access to Freenet has been announced by Jay Oliveri in this message to kde-devel.
Freenet is a large-scale peer-to-peer network which pools the power of member computers around the world to create a massive virtual information store open to anyone to freely publish or view information of all kinds. Screenshots of the IOSlave in action can be found here and here.

KDE makes it easy to integrate other projects with its extensible IOSlave architecture. The architecture allows seamless net, file and device access for all KDE applications.

To see the complete list of protocols supported check in kcontrol under Network->Protocols. At the moment there are already more than 35, including http, nntp, audiocd (cd grabbing), imap (mail folders), smb (windows networking), floppy (disk access without mounting), kamera (access to photos in camera). Freenet access is an interesting addition, with hopefully more to come.

If you are interested in writing your own ioslave, you might want to have a look at the excellent tutorial from c't that we announced a while ago.

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by Phalynx (not verified)

Notice that in the screenshot of the GPL text, that the location bar says "freenet://[email protected]", but the titlebar of Konqueror remains "file:/home/jd/gpl.txt". So, they've quite possibly viewed their local copy of the GPL, entered a URL beginning with "freenet:/" in to the location bar, and taken a screenshot.
Not that the IO slave doesn't exist, just the GPL screenshot isn't very impressive.

by ac (not verified)

Maybe he forgot to press Enter. :-)

This sounds like the next Napster though!

by Per Wigren (not verified)

No, it's nothing like Napster!
It's more like an alternative internet inside of the internet...
Using fproxy (standard part of Freenet), you can surf Freenet just like you surf the WWW except that it is Freenet you surf, not the WWW! :)
In the future, you will be able to use FTP, News, mail, etc etc through Freenet! Internet is only used as a "transportlayer" for Freenet. Actually you could do that today, but as it isn't very widespread, and still in development, it's kind of useless....

by reihal (not verified)

FastTrack is the next Napster.

by Stephan (not verified)

And where can people find FastTrack??

by reihal (not verified)

On the Net.

by phubhar (not verified)

Hmm, I don't see any FastTrack clients for any OS other than Windows at this point. I'd say that a Linux client is likely to be pretty important to readers of the KDE forums...

MP3 searches via these clients are restricted to garbage quality bitrates, 128kbps or less. If they ever do add the ability to search for high quality mp3s, it will cost money.

The clients install spyware and adware.

In conclusion, I'm not sure how FastTrack could suck more.

by reihal (not verified)

The Morpeus client has an option for "at least" 128 kbps. The ads doesn't bother me and the spyware can't get past my firewall.

by reihal (not verified)

I forgot: there is constantly 500 to 700 thousand users and 300 to 400 TB online.

by jamie (not verified)

spyware can't get past my firewall?
spyware runs locally and you're downloading it. firewalls have nothing to do with it.

by Craig (not verified)

Are'nt you people looking at I've been useing Qtella .2 its very cool. Getting all kinds of cool stuff. Any kind of music out there is on the network. Bluegrass and Religious for me but i'm sure you'll find what your looking for as well.


by Jay Oliveri (not verified)

True the title for the GPL is file://, but the source code shot looks correct. Both examples are real.

Download and compile yourself; send patches to [email protected].


by Carbon (not verified)

The 2nd screenshot seems real...

by raine (not verified)

What else is there to say. konqueror is getting better and interesting all the time thanks to these
IOslaves, while ago scp:// and now freenet:// whats next pron:// ?-)


by aleXXX (not verified)

realword://my_preferred_pub/glass_of_beer would be a good thing to have ;-)


by caatje (not verified)

how about


by Ben (not verified)

Hmmmm.. How 'bout opening a console and typing:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade. That does it for me.

Seriously, the more I use Debian the more I wonder why people bother with anything else...

by Asif Ali Rizwaan (not verified)

I miss Koffice, isn't it officially released yet?

by Johnny Andersson (not verified)

Would it be possible to write a utility to enable the use of KDE IOSlaves from the command line? I missed this just the other day, when I wanted to do something like

rpm -U

(I know there are utils that let me mount ftp sites in the file system, but that's not the point. ;))

I haven't read up on how the IOSlaves work, could this be done with a generic utility or must every slave be modified?

by AC (not verified)

You can do something like:

kfmclient copy '' 'file:.'

by AC (not verified)

Replying to myself... hee hee

Even better, try this:

kfmexec pico

by Johnny Andersson (not verified)

Cool! I didn't know about those two programs. Looks like something to explore.

by Marko Samastur (not verified)

So why didn't you do that? Rpm certainly allows it.

by Carbon (not verified)

How about vim ftp://....

Hmm, perhaps sometime in the future, kio could be integrated as a kernel module, or as a daemon (i.e. vim /kiodaemon/ftp://...) to allow this sort of thing to all apps, and then the GUI part (download meters, etc) could be seperated.

by Somebody (not verified)

maybe I'll try freenet again with the help of this.

Now just one question - how the hell do I compile it??? (I've already dl'ed it from CVS.)

by Jay Oliveri (not verified)

cvs update and try. I've included the proper configure script.


by Scott K (not verified)

How about an ioslave for secure ftp. It would be great to be able to type s and get a secure ftp transaction in konqueror.

by beerman (not verified)

Try fish://

Secure shell file browser.... What will they think of next.....
'course I'm running the devel build 3.1.94... but I think it's in 3.1.0