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An add-on to bridge Web Browsers and the Decentralized Web

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October 2021 Update

First, let me apologise for sending this a couple of days later than expected. I'm sure you'll understand. I've been sending these updates every 3rd of the month. Unfortunately, I got really busy at that time and couldn't work on the projec...
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Published on October 7, 2021 by Andre Garzia

September 2021 Update

August has not been a productive month for Patchfox because: I got swamped with work from my day job, beyond what I usually get, and this has affected the amount of hours I could put into Patchfox. NodeJS native modules were not playing wel...
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Published on September 3, 2021 by Andre Garzia

August 2021 Update

July has been a really strong month for Patchfox even if we didn't make a new release. The changes I have been working on are quite large, and they haven't reached a point where I can consider them complete enough for shipping. These change...
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Published on August 3, 2021 by Andre Garzia

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Patchfox is a WebExtension for Mozilla Firefox that works as a client for the Secure Scuttlebutt platform.

Where money will be spent?

  • Development time from contractors and core contributors.
  • Potential infrastructure.
  • Outreach towards other dweb communities, web developers and events.
  • Producing content to help onboard new users and developers.

Immediate Roadmap

  • Add support for:
  • Private messages
  • Gatherings
  • Start testing under Opera Browser and Brave Browser
  • Improve pull-stream handling for posts/avatars/names/votes

Motivation behind the project

At the moment, there are two main ways of interacting with scuttlebutt: running an electron based app or running some form of server and opening a local webapp. In the first case, your scuttlebutt experience is decoupled from your web experience which is at the same time good and bad. In the second case, even if you’re using scuttlebutt from a tab in your browser of choice, it doesn’t interact with the remaining web experience you have while using the browser. Patchfox make possible new experiences and features that are not easily done with the above mentioned ways of running Secure Scuttlebutt. I’d like to summarize some reasons why I believe this is a good idea:

Richer interaction with the browser

Using an add-on allows us to tap into APIs that are not available to normal webapps. It opens possibilities for contextual menus, browser buttons, sidebars, and other UX experiences. For example, a compose message window on a sidebar allows you to change your active tab while still composing the message, thus making it a lot easier to compose entries that carry content from multiple sources and to fact-check stuff while you’re posting.

Allows us to run one less web engine

There are too many electron based apps in our daily usage. Many of us (me included) are running an editor such as Visual Studio Code or Atom, Slack, Spotify, Patchwork, Trello app, and each of those apps is one more chrome-based engine running. Chrome is not known for being a diet browser, if we could run one less instance of chrome, that would help our machine.

Find new usage patterns

As this deeper integration opens up new possibilities of usage (mostly by reducing friction), new forms of interaction between the current web and the decentralized web will surface. Having decentralized technology inside a major browser will probably lead to new usage patterns beyond what we have seen so far.

Pave the way for more decentralized features inside major web browsers

Once completed and working, the method of adding ssb features to Firefox will make it easier to add features from other dweb solutions such as dat and ipfs, which could lead to larger and more frictionless adoption of those technologies as well.

WebExtensions work in many browsers

The new add-on API called WebExtensions is basically an standard. The API is shared between Firefox, Chrome, Opera and even Edge and Vivaldi. Each browser has some APIs that are not present in the others but it is a lot easier to port between browsers than it was when each used their own API. This work could later be used in porting the add-ons to other browsers.

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