[tahoe-dev] Tahoe-LAFS is widely misunderstood (was: odd comment about #shares and confidentiality)

Josh Wilcox wilcoxjg at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 15:24:20 UTC 2011

This is the latest example in a string of events which has convinced

> me that we have a serious problem with our documentation and
> communication (or "marketing"). We are failing to make the basic
> properties clear to a large class of readers. Below I list some other
> misunderstandings I've noticed.


> 1. The anonymous-proxy-servers.net page that Greg Troxel noticed:
> http://anonymous-proxy-servers.net/wiki/index.php/Tahoe-lafs-setup .
> They seem to think the confidentiality properties are contingent on
> the decisions of K out of N storage servers.

Setting K to 1, by default, would force users to consider that any security
properties that Tahoe does have must come from some quality other than the
erasure coding.
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