Substratum is a project that aims to provide an alternative means of accessing the internet and bypassing censorship. The project is still in its early beta stages but the interested users can access the project.
It is commendable on the part of the developers for allowing the public to access the project rather than focusing the access on just coders and developers. The team has come up with a basic and very friendly user interface rather than a command line interface. The interface is easy to understand even for users who might not have much knowledge on the technology and will give interested parties an idea of what the final versions of the technology will be about.
Users are advised to keep an open mind as the project is still in its testing stage and issues might occur during this stage. Additionally, the project does not have all the functionalities of the technology.
The open beta will allow users to access the World Wide Web through the Substratum network with no issues. However, users will not access all the internet sites for now and video playback is not currently available. However, this is not a major hurdle as the technology is still in its early development stage.
Further, the beta version does not have the earning and the neighborhoods mechanisms. The team does wish to introduce the former functionality in the near future, which will allow users to run Substratum node and get some earnings from it. Additionally, the node will enable users to access all the World Wide Web content that they might want.
Why Use Substratum?
The greatest benefit of this technology is that the server is decentralized and encrypted. This means users will comfortably use the network without the need for privacy-enhancing software such as VPNs and proxy servers. Additionally, the server will not be an easy target for hackers and authorities. Thus, the user privacy is guaranteed.
Additionally, there will be many cost advantages for those who will use the Substratum network for hosting. Unlike in the traditional hosting services where webmasters are charged based on the monthly billing model, the Substratum network will charge webmasters based on the amount of data that has been transferred from a given site.
Internet freedom is also guaranteed as the entire network is encrypted and no government controllers will be able to monitor what the user does or the sites they visit.
Installation of the Substratum software is not difficult. The user needs to download the software from the Substratum website. The fact that the software is open source means it can be downloaded by everyone. Once you download the software, you can launch it and start syncing it with the broader network. This means you will be running your own server that will connect with other computers on your network.
Enthusiasts are encouraged to provide as much constructive feedback as possible so the developers can look into areas of improvement and come up with a better version of the project. This is a big milestone for the project and the team expects positivity from the users.