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[vox] Let's start our own internet.
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(I apoligize in advance, this will end up a somewhat disorganized braindump)

So, I got this idea this evening...

Let's run point-to-point connections to one another is some sort of organized
fashion, and make out LANs routable between each other. It would be like our
own private internet. We start assigning people networks off a 'reserved for
private use' block such as 10.0.0.0/24 and set up tunnels (or wireless links,
or point to point T1,s whatever people want, really) Then we start running
our own DNS servers (with our own TLD), whois, etc.

Once we've got some infrastructure in place, participants can make resources
such as mail, ftp, http, irc, jabber, or whatever available to others on the
network.

I think that would be a great way for us to get some experience running a
large scale network.

I'm thinking what would be required of nodes to make stuff work would consist 
of at least the
following...

* Some sort of *nix box.
* Tunneling software (OpenVPN, vtund, cipe, IPSEC, pptp, etc)
* A routing daemon (I suggest we run OSPF or BGP, OSPF is
probably going to be easier)

A static IP sho

Anyone joining the network would have to renumber thier LAN or do something
clever with packet filtering... (the iptables NETMAP target would work, but
you have to patch the kernel and iptables)

Not really required to make things work, but nice:

* A DNS server (to serve PTR records for your address space, and talk to root
DNS servers for a private TLD)

So, anyone interested?

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