Freer Video Hosting and Sharing

Conclusions

Federation is the way to go to build a better web than what we have today, and PeerTube may play a critical role in this space. The (current) complexity of its software [13], coupled with the intrinsically heavy requirements of video streaming, probably make PeerTube not yet suitable for many individual users.

At the same time, I consider PeerTube already suitable, and perfectly within reach, for many organizations of any size and nature, from schools and universities to NGOs and web-hosting cooperatives. Considering this, let me finish with two proposals that may make PeerTube much easier to use, and thus greatly facilitate its adoption.

One is to create an official ISO image and container of some bare-bones Linux distribution, with all (really all) and only the software needed to run PeerTube.

Another is a single-user PeerTube aggregator, that is a web front end to multiple, independent PeerTube instances. Such an interface ("myPeerTube"?), may be installed even on free or very cheap hosting accounts, because it would not host video. It may even become a Nextcloud plugin! In any case, it would allow any individual to seamlessly use multiple, independent instances that, for whatever reason, do not want to federate with each other. Anybody could subscribe from a single window to those instances and see all the corresponding videos and notifications in that same, single window. I believe that with a client like this, and a really turn-key "PeerTube Linux" distribution or container, PeerTube adoption would greatly increase. What do you think?

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

SINGLE ISSUES
 
SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
TABLET & SMARTPHONE APPS
Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

  • Tutorials – Docker

    You might think Docker is a tool reserved for gnarly sys admins, useful only to service companies that run complicated SaaS applications, but that is not true: Docker is useful for everybody.

  • Introduction

    This month in Linux Voice.

  • Tutorial – Fediverse

    If you're looking for social media options where the user has more control, you'll find a range of options to explore in the Fediverse, including the popular Mastodon.

  • Social Skills

    Creating a custom application that toots text to Mastodon (the Fediverse's version of Twitter) is simple and straightforward. But we can mix it up by adding images and video, scheduling posts, and changing privacy settings.

  • WebRTC Protocol

    The WebRTC protocol converts your web browser into a communications center, supporting video chat over a peer-to-peer connection without the need for helper apps or browser plugins.

comments powered by Disqus

Direct Download

Read full article as PDF:

Price $2.95

News