Last night I switched the mesh over to a new exit node. The exit node is
the server that acts as a VPN for all of the traffic coming from people
connected to a peoplesopen.net access point.
This switchover means two things:
1. You won't see any more nasty capthas form google. Craigslist works
again, and so does editing wikipedia \o/
2. You may get a warning from google or other sites that you're logging in
from a new IP (since our new exit node has a new IP)
This new exit node actually has multiple IP addresses which means we're no
longer sharing a single IP for the entire mesh (so feel free to set your
torrent clients to use as many simultaneous connections as you please :p).
It's also hosted at a Tor-exit-node-friendly hosting company (psychz.net)
so we shouldn't get any trouble for running a VPN.
A few people have removed the ability for sudo mesh to remote-update their
mesh nodes and opted to manage their own nodes. If this is you and you
still want to switch to the new exit node then you can log into your node
as root and run the attached script (note that this will reboot your node).
I should note that the old and new exit nodes are interconnected so even if
you aren't using the new exit node yet, you're still on the mesh. I'm not
sure how long the old exit node will stay up though.
If you have any questions, just reply to this email :)
and as always: MESH THE PLANET!
I've been putting this off for a while now, but I think it's important
that I finally come out and say this.
I'm no longer interested in a being a member or in any way involved with
sudomesh. This might surprise some folks, largely because so much of the
dysfunction in this group has been swept under the rug, but I don't want
to continue to participate in the facade of "everything is fine here and
we're building a community mesh network". I don't think it's fair to new
folks or to the community at large.
The ownership and power structures of the organization are choking a
really good idea to death. At first I tried to cope with it, thinking
that it was better than nothing. Later I attempted to take action to
help correct it, but was met with a complete unwillingness. The work is
difficult enough. I no longer feel any need to compound it with the
interpersonal, power dynamics, and bureaucratic difficulties that
sudomesh is burdened with.
As I'm currently the owner and maintainer of the sudomesh exit node, if
people are using a "peoplesopen.net" router and want to continue to do
so, they should speak with someone involved with sudomesh (probably
Juul) to coordinate ongoing functionality. I will continue to maintain
some infrastructure, mostly those nodes that I personally installed. I'm
happy to support folks who I personally met with and helped setup.
I do continue to care deeply about building community owned and operated
internet infrastructure. I'm happy to talk about my future plans with
folks as well as what I think went off the rails here. Obviously there
is a lot of work to be done in this domain and though I'm discouraged by
the situation here, I do think that we can move forwards in positive
directions. Feel free to reach out directly to me if you'd like to be a
part of that.