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

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anonymous

70 EUR since Jun 2019

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Kay Rhodes

61 EUR since Aug 2019

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Flaki

50 EUR since Oct 2019

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Lance Wicks

50 EUR since Oct 2019

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glyph

25 EUR since Apr 2020

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noffle

18 EUR since Jul 2019

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Jonathan Dahan

18 EUR since Oct 2019

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Anders Rune Jensen

15 EUR since Jun 2019

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Sam Muirhead

10 EUR since Jun 2019

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Seán

5 EUR since Aug 2020

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ACCESS

2k EUR since Jun 2019

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blockades.org

125 EUR since Nov 2019

What's new with Patchfox

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Release 2020.8.1

Release 2020.8.1Major feature: More InfoLearn more about it in %UbK6ZACB6uFJU0+JDHtnvPW1mV2c2QAq3dXYnKkmcFg=.sha256.Fixes:Core Components:LAYOUT: hovering an AvatarTile now shows a pointer cursor.MAYB...
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Published on August 11, 2020 by Andre Garzia

Release: 2020.3.1

Sorry for the lack of updates folks, there have been other updates before this one but I forgot to add an update here. My mistake.The little vulpine friends inside Patchfox went on vacation and found a really nice Oasis they liked. B...
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Published on March 2, 2020 by Andre Garzia

Patchfox 2019.11.1 released

Patchfox 2019.11.1 (it actually happened)So there is a brand new release of patchfox with all its new UI and reorganization. I had to cut some features out of this release because they were not ready for testing but the remaining set is ...
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Published on November 18, 2019 by Andre Garzia

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Monthly financial contribution to Patchfox (backer)

from Seán8/6/2020

+€5.00EUR
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Monthly financial contribution to Patchfox (backer)

from Flaki8/3/2020

+€5.00EUR
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Monthly financial contribution to Patchfox

from Kay Rhodes8/3/2020

+€2.00EUR
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€77.73 EUR

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~ €398.03 EUR

Patchfox is all of us

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Everyone who has supported Patchfox. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Andre Garzia
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Developer of Stuff, Author of Typos and Books, Lamb-warrior in Auroras Queendom

ACCESS
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€1,969 EUR

blockades.org
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€125 EUR

anonymous
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€70 EUR

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Kay Rhodes
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€61 EUR

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Flaki
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€50 EUR

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Lance Wicks
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€50 EUR

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glyph
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€25 EUR

You are awesome! Keep going...great things will come to you in time <3

noffle
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€18 EUR

Jonathan Dahan
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€18 EUR

Anders Rune J...
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€15 EUR

Sam Muirhead
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€10 EUR

About

About

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.