View Full Version : LightNet: Cloud source code released

08-14-2011, 04:41 PM
Hey guys, unfortunately I have not had a whole lot of time to develop any new features made from the awesomes for LightNet: Cloud, but I have gotten all the code decently cleaned up and all LGPLed. So I've released a new minor version with the source code included. You can find the info here:


I have also included both a Windows XP and Windows 7 binary since I can't seem to nail down a fully functional cross platform binary.

One thing that's been keeping me busy here recently, other than just day to day work and my wife's Honey-Do list, is a homebrew NAS (http://www.joejustice.org/blogs/my-nas-homebrew-project) I've been developing for the office (http://www.themediacenter222.com). Like LightNet, it's something that I need and that's the reason I'm developing it, but as I work on it, I think it might be handy for more than just me.

Unlike LightNet: Cloud, thought, it's more a project; just a little custom code and a lot of configuration. It's based off of an Ubuntu Linux server and I tend to break of into a cold sweat when I think about posting series of Linux tutorials, particularly aimed towards a creative community.

I wonder if there are any Linux hackers trolling around?

08-14-2011, 05:35 PM
I get to live a bit bigger than I've been. I shall make the NAS; the Drupal code would be interesting.

Thanks for the lightnet code.
If the Surpasses code makes it out, it and some kind of controller code would be a godsend for indy artists -- this makes for a nice ground work.

Thanks, Joe, much appreciated.

08-14-2011, 06:54 PM
Interesting your NAS project. I've tried freenas (http://www.freenas.org/), and even GIT for my studio, but at the end decided to go for a closed setup. We don't have a system administrator.

08-14-2011, 07:40 PM
I think - and I could be wrong - my system is easier to operate than FreeNAS. First, FreeNAS a BSD system and so it's designed to be totally headless (no monitor, operated only from a web or SSH interface). My current prototype can do basic changes via a web interface but you could also run the command line or install Ubuntu's desktop, which is pretty user friendly.

FreeNAS is far more feature rich and robust than my setup, from a technical, data management point of view. My setup takes a different approach, like just about everything that comes out of my brain, and is really designed for collaboration and cloud computing. The basic idea is to setup a server that transforms a shared file listing into individual webpages. Then the web pages can be interacted with just like any other webpage; i.e. tagging, posting comments, sorting, searching, rating, etc. Anything you can do with a webpage you can do with the file listing and view it all via a web browser. That's all done through Drupal.

Now to actually access the files, you sync them to your computer and work with them locally. That's where Unison come into play. So that instead of working off a server you check-out the files, manipulate them locally and then check them back in. This would also work via the Internet, so you could work from home and still access your files. Or you could check everything out before you leave the office, and re-sync whenever you are next in the office.

Add onto that typical file permission protections, RAID-5 and all of the other standard server goodness. The hard part is setting everything up, not using it.