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How to use Freenet in Ubuntu

By Ricky on March 14th, 2010 

Freenet is a decentralized, censorship-resistant distributed data store. Freenet aims to provide freedom of speech through a peer-to-peer network with strong protection of anonymity. Freenet works by pooling the contributed bandwidth and storage space of member computers to allow users to anonymously publish or retrieve various kinds of information. (via Wikipedia)

In this article we will show you how to install Freenet in Ubuntu. Before you install Freenet, note the following points about Freenet:

  • It is recommended that you have 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM to run Freenet.
  • Freenet will use a portion of your disk for storing data, you can configure this to any size from 100MB upwards.

So, to use Freenet with Ubuntu, follow the following steps:

  • Open the Terminal.
  • Install java runtime environment if you have not installed it.

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

  • Download Freenet with the command:


  • Extract with the command:

tar xvzf freenet07.tar.gz

  • Run Freenet with the commands:

cd freenet
./ start

  • Go to with your browser.
  • Configure as per your desire.
  • Done, now you have Freenet running.


How to use Freenet in Ubuntu was originally published on on March 14, 2010 - 2:12 am (Indian Standard Time)