This technology didn’t just pop up overnight! In this section we’ll cover the background of decentralized storage from torrents until now, and go through some basics terminology to get you up to speed.
Using IPFS in the Browser
Visit try-ipfs.theblockchaininstitute.org to explore IPFS from your browser. No download required!
Using the IPFS Command Line
In this module, we cover how to set up your own IPFS node, and how to push and pull files from the network. We’ll also go over the addressing structure and get you caught up on the background of this technology.
State of the Industry
IPFS is just the beginning - in this module we'll catch you up on the developments currently affecting the space, and cover the various cryptocurrencies and tokens that have proposed incentive models for peer to peer storage.
While IPFS is up and running, users are still patiently waiting for Filecoin to bring their test net online. The current delays have been attributed to complications in the mathematical theory related to Proof of Spacetime and Proof of Replication. For more information, be sure to keep tabs on Filecoin’s twitter: https://twitter.com/minefilecoin
In a recent update, the Filecoin team shared a rare window into their product development process. ‘The Replication Game’ was recently announced, which provides a crowd-sourced way to earn tokens for finding bugs!
In their Q3 / Q4 report, released in February 2019, the Filecoin team announced they would be opening a testnet and developer access to preliminary consensus models. This puts them on track for their goal to have a fully functional network online by the end of the 2019 calendar year. You can also visit their public working google doc for regular updates on the progress towards milestones.