Networked Subject is an independent, boutique Urbit star service and a collection of Urbit information and tutorials.
What is Urbit?
an open source platform for sovereign personal computing
a new internet from first principles
an archipelago of hypercultures
What is this blog?
This blog exists as a public face for this star operation, and is intended to be a repository of high quality, maintained information and tutorials related to Urbit. NetSub also has a public group on Urbit:
What is a planet?
A planet is an address on the Urbit network meant for an individual instance of Urbit OS, which is owned by a person cryptographically – like Bitcoin. A planet acts as a personal server with an encrypted, P2P stack underpinning all software running on it. A planet has a unique name like
~fanner-ronwyx; it’s like a combination of an email and IP address. Planets are issued and ‘sponsored’ by stars, which perform peer discovery and NAT traversal for them.
Do I need a planet to use Urbit?
Nope! You can use a self-signed urbit called a comet that can do almost everything a planet can for now. You should spin one up today: you can download Port, the official and user-friendly client here for MacOS and Linux. Additional instructions for manual piloting are available for macOS, Linux, Windows, and running a ship on a remote server for free.
What is a star?
Stars are infrastructure that issue individual addresses and perform peer discovery and other services for those addresses on the Urbit network. Networked Subject hosts a star called
~matwet. For now,
~matwet remains local-scale and hobby-grade, but is hosted in a high-uptime datacenter and will develop organically to service its residents.
Can I buy a planet from you?
Yes! 20USD in ETH or BTC for a random planet; 40USD for a specific one. Join
~sitful-hatred, or DM on Twitter.
Buying a planet includes basic technical support to get you set up, but Networked Subject does not presently offer hosting – you’ll need to run it on your PC or a rented Linux server (which can be done for free). Urbit has an official desktop GUI app, and static binaries that run on Linux, macOS, or Windows.
Networked Subject is one of multiple independent providers that offer planets and services. You can see more here.
This site’s contents are also available on Urbit, where you can post comments. Join ~matwet/networked-subject and open the Networked Subject notebook.