Imagine being able to share files on an ad hoc basis with anyone -- on any network. Share with someone based on Twitter, on Facebook, or email address.
Even better, all with cryptographic proofs of identity, strong crypto at every level, and open source.
Additionally, creating an easy way to share files with friends without taking up their quota is awesome. This looks like it could be a very, very powerful competitor to Dropbox.
But they've since moved away from that in favor of Dropbox-style selective sync for reasons that didn't seem very convincing to me. 
That said, my point is more that for people who start storing 100GB+ of data, it becomes harder and harder to actually manage which bits you want at any time.
>There is no paid upgrade currently. The 10GB free accounts will stay free, but we'll likely offer paid storage for people who want to store more data.
Or are you saying you prefer the command line interface?
Edit to add link to EFF ratings: https://www.eff.org/who-has-your-back-government-data-reques...
Dropbox was listed on PRISM documents. Are you kidding me?
tarsnap is nerdish, secure and reasonably priced for what it provides IIRC. Haven't used it though but expect someone would have yelled out here if it was bad. (In fact the only one I've seen bashing it was patio11, -because it was too cheap and too nerdish.)
Best of luck with this thing you're building. I haven't been excited about any tech stuff in ages. This is really cool.
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Thank you so much and congratulations on the release!
Which makes sense, of course, since Keybase is a funded startup that needs to capture value... and, well, centralized file sharing is a more straightforward solution, too.
The file system thing seems really cool and useful. I'm a fan of Keybase and will recommend this to people with whom I need to share sensitive data.
It'd be interesting to hear the Keybase people talk openly about how they see their role as both infrastructure providers for an open web of trust, and an economic entity that requires for its survival some degree of lock-in and centralization.
As an infrastructure provider, they open source the client software and design it to trust the server as little as possible. They also endeavor to document the behavior of the server so that, in theory, you could build your own Keybase-compatible server.
As an economic entity, they're positioned to tackle the issues that open source projects usually face, like support, development resources, UI design resources, and "where do you put all of this encrypted data" by getting their most needy users (mostly businesses) to pay them.
I mean, if I want to do some Torrent like P2P stuff, I need to...
- gather public keys of all the people who want to download from me
- encrypt every chunk for every person separately
Have you read about Monero or Bitcoin + Coinjoin + Joinmarket?
By the way, how did you manage to install Keybase FS? It won't work for me at all.
EDIT: Still doesn't work, unfortunately. I get the /keybase dir, but it's empty.