MaidSafe and GNUnet comparison

A friend is recommending that I consider promoting GNUnet over MaidSafe. I’m trying to take a step back and see what the major differences are. What are the key advantages/disadvantages of these when compared?

Unless things have changed then its a different model (well gnunet was initially file sharing but does more now) Our core issues are
1: Self authentication (can you login/create account to the network at your own discretion)
2: Self encryption - Are files encrypted in a manner to allow de-duplication
3: Autonomous network (is the network able to handle all rules itself without any human intervention or authority)

In addition the self validating PKI component is important and more recently the internal currency / token safecoin as this allows for some pretty advanced features and security later on. IF we can get the micr (very micro) payemnts going then each user can micro pay to PUT and then we get to remove another manger groups account transfer data (Maid managers).

So similar in some ways and no reason to really say competing, but potentially very similar goals in terms of security etc. but I feel the core is privacy security and freedom for all the worlds people and that means no web of trust, no human interference at all. So we have taken a different route and at the very core implemented the 3 areas above.

I don’t have the time to compare projects in any great detail, as you will see for very smart people on this forum MaidSafe is pretty complex, imagine doing that every time people ask about differences, it is very hard. So I hope this brief helps and maybe gnunet folks can point out their core objectives and capabilities as that may be a quicker way to compare. Best outcome is projects get to know each others strengths and cherry pick good bits to improve their own project.


Spent 3 mins looking at that site: GNUnet mentions name resolution based on IP addresses.
Unless there’s a way to obfuscate those via Tor or some other mechanism, the system only provides anti-censorship and anonymity in terms of domain registration/blocking.

I am not particularly interested in that since the current (legacy DNS approach) is good enough for my current use, and for my future use the GNUNet approach wouldn’t be sufficient, so I’d rather skip it in favor of MaidSafe.

1 Like

Conclusively this is the best project of its kind considering 100’s of projects.


@dallyshalla @dirvine

Indeed! The first thing that I say to complimentary projects is “we’re merge, not fork.” In open source there isn’t (shouldn’t) really be a thing known as competition. It’s always a process of working towards the best possible solution to a given problem.