Apparently it’s free software and they can’t censor stuff on the blockchain, only on the web app. I also know PeerTube, which is a great program.

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Apparently it’s free software and they can’t censor stuff on the blockchain, only on the web app. I also know PeerTube, which is a great program.

The frontend is free software (but it isn’t copyleft); is the backend free software?

It’s surprisingly good. I made some Linux Korean Keyboard Installation Guides on it and have a few thoughts

  • The LBRY credit system is quite nice
  • It’s not federated like Peertube, but Peertube has a larger host of its own issues they won’t address
  • The UI blows competitors like Peertube, Streamable, etc away
  • The SEO of Odysee is fairly low - the same videos on Youtube appear significantly higher on Google’s front page
  • I’m not sure how LBRY is able to host videos at all, since they’re such huge, expensive pieces of data

Overall, it checks a lot of boxes for being a solid project. If the company behind it is banking on growing bigger to become sustainable however, I don’t know if that’s going to happen - so for Odysee and LBRY’s sake, it better be profitable now.

For completion, here’s the worldwide trend for the platform’s popularity:

I don’t really undertstand how they host the videos either, which makes me a bit sceptical about it

You can use LBRY on Piped, apparently. Would I do it? I don’t know, maybe if they give me a good reason.

Yes, Piped does support streaming videos from lbry. But not all the videos. The content creator needs to sync their youtube channel on odysee, then only will this work. So you can’t stream all videos from lbry on piped.

For that, I recommend https://lbry.bcow.xyz

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“Libre software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

In particular, four freedoms define Free Software:

The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.

Placing restrictions on the use of Free Software, such as time ("30 days trial period", "license expires January 1st, 2004") purpose ("permission granted for research and non-commercial use", "may not be used for benchmarking") or geographic area ("must not be used in country X") makes a program non-free.

The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs.

Placing legal or practical restrictions on the comprehension or modification of a program, such as mandatory purchase of special licenses, signing of a Non-Disclosure-Agreement (NDA) or - for programming languages that have multiple forms or representation - making the preferred human way of comprehending and editing a program ("source code") inaccessible also makes it proprietary (non-free). Without the freedom to modify a program, people will remain at the mercy of a single vendor.

The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.

Software can be copied/distributed at virtually no cost. If you are not allowed to give a program to a person in need, that makes a program non-free. This can be done for a charge, if you so choose.

The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.

Not everyone is an equally good programmer in all fields. Some people don't know how to program at all. This freedom allows those who do not have the time or skills to solve a problem to indirectly access the freedom to modify. This can be done for a charge.
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