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Call for more Bitmessage Onion Peers

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Jun 9, 2023, 9:41:40 PM6/9/23
The Bitmessage anonymous network would benefit from more hidden onion
peers that accept incoming onion connections.

Development on Bitmessage has halted, but it has not been abandoned.
Re-organization of resources and developers is going on behind the
scenes to improve the development infrastructure before continuing with
main development. Now is a very good time to get many more peers online
to improve the availability and resilience of the Bitmessage network.

Please consider setting up one or more hidden onion peers on your VPS
or home servers. PyBitmessage running in daemon mode does not use a lot
of resources so all VPS ops should already have room for a peer.
PyBitmessage will run fine even on a 512MB Linux VPS which you can get
for about $10-15 per year.

Get a dirt cheap VPS:

You can use pre-paid anonymous credit cards to pay for VPS services so
your own anonymity is maintained.

It is also simple to run a PyBitmessage daemon inside a security jail.
If you are unsure of how to do this please ask in alt.anonymous or
alt.cypherpunks with your specific system specs and requirements.

It is very easy to script the jail requirements on Debian. If doing a
fresh setup choose Debian for less headaches to get up and running.

If you have multiple servers please run multiple peers. Every bit helps
improve the redundancy and anonymity of the network.

If you are using Windows you can run a Bitmessage app locally
configured with a hidden service over Tor and accept incoming
connections to route for the network. Even if you don't have a VPS this
helps just the same as running Bitmessage on a server.

Some mixmaster users are just 'clients' and have never run a server or
VPS. You don't know what you are missing! Nowadays it is extremely easy
to set up a Debian or Ubuntu VPS. Most good providers now are so easy to
use that a few mouse clicks is all it takes. You do not need to be a
system administration expert to run something as simple as
PyBitmessage. Bitmessage is far easier to configure than a mixmaster or
NNTP server or a BBS. I found it easier to use Bitmessage than using
the old Quicksilver Mixmaster client.

If you do establish a onion Bitmessage peer please eventually announce
it here on Usenet, but DO NOT announce which hidden onion address is
yours. That would link it to your Usenet traffic, which you don't want.
Just a friendly blurb like, 'now running a Bitmessage onion service' is
enough notice. Perhaps do a one-time nymshift for the announcement as
well just for privacy sake.


Jan 12, 2024, 5:40:48 AMJan 12
On Thu, 4 Jan 2024 16:43:53 -0600
Anonymous <anon...@example.invalid> wrote:

> On Thu, 4 Jan 2024 16:12:45 -0600
> Anonymous <anon...@example.invalid> wrote:
> > On Fri, 9 Jun 2023 20:44:32 -0500
> > Bitmessage <b...@message.peers> wrote:
> >
> > > The Bitmessage anonymous network would benefit from more hidden
> > > onion peers that accept incoming onion connections.
> >
> > <snip>
> >
> > (+1) one new hidden onion peer established today
> >
> > (++) will add more peers after testing
> >
> > P.S. Followup-To: alt.anonymous
> +1 one more peer added and functioning as expected

Now running 2 new bitmessage onion services. Enjoy.

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