Secure-scuttlebutt vs scuttlebutt vs scuttlebot vs sbot?

An explanation of terms, repos and project history

  • scuttlebutt: a gossip protocol that synchronises messages via a vector clock of per-node timestamps or sequences. Dominic got this name from an amazon paper "Efficient Reconciliation and Flow Control for Anti-Entropy Protocols". This is the original scuttlebutt module which should now be known as "insecure scuttlebutt". This repo is generally no longer used by the ssb community.

  • secure-scuttlebutt: this is the database part of ssb. Previously this term referred to the protocol/database as a whole.

  • scuttlebot: this repo adds networking behaviour to the database (secure-scuttlebutt).

  • sbot: short for scuttlebot, also the cli command name.

There have been suggestions to rename some repos to better reflect their use and purpose:

secure-scuttlebutt --> ssb-db scuttlebot --> ssb-server

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