What is the Lagatos Browser?

What is the Lagatos Browser?

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This guide will help you get familiar with the Lagatos Browser! Want to know more about our web application instead? Click here.

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TLDR;

The Lagatos Browser is similar to the Google Chrome Browser. With a twist - you earn for browsing the Internet. And for keeping it democratized!

When you visit a website in the Lagatos Browser. Pieces of the website securely gets stored on your local computer, also referred to as "seeding." When you do this you improve the uptime and availability for others to browse the same content.

When you seed a file you receive a micro payment. And when someone seeds a website (securely) from your computer you also receive a micro payment!

It's as if Napster (circa 1999) and Uber had a baby 🔥.

With the Lagatos Browser you turn your computer into an anonymous server that others can use to get Internet access.

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Example Alice in Ghana visits amazon.com in the Lagatos Browser. Lagatos Browser automatically stores the amazon.com website files to a secure folder inside of Alice's computer. Bob, also in Ghana, has the Lagatos Browser. He types in amazon.com. Because the Lagatos Browser knows about other Lagatos Browsers. It connects Bob's computer to Alice's folder copy of Amazon. And nothing else on her computer. For every view of Alice's copy of amazon.com. Alice receives a payment. And an additional bonus payment if someone "seeds" their laptop with her copy. And now Bob can carry on and do the same with other websites. Lagatos creates a circular economy. Where instead of majority of capital going to cloud providers and ad companies. Money circulates longer within communities for hosting websites.

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Under the hood To achieve the above. Lagatos caches the most popular websites people visit within the Lagatos Browser. All websites visited in the Lagatos Browser are not sold to third parties and anonymized. Meaning browsing history is not affiliated to specific users. And Lagatos does not cache websites with personal data. For example, we do not cache gmail.com links. Examples of websites cached are wikipedia.org and stackoverflow.com.

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Fun Fact Lagatos Browser is based off the Beaker Browser and the dat protocol. Which enables individuals to publish and view native peer-to-peer (P2P) websites. What makes Lagatos different is that we've added monetization. And cache non-P2P websites that are most in demand by our users. This means content creators can share their music, art and websites within the Lagatos Browser. And not pay for hosting costs. Instead - get paid for every view and download of their content. Without paying for ads or using spyware! 💃 Learn how to post a native P2P website here.

Tour of Lagatos Browser

1. Browsing with the Lagatos browser

The Lagatos browser provides the ability for people to view and create peer-to-peer (P2P) content. Using the protocol called Dat (dat://). With the added benefit of also browsing http:// websites.

Meaning you can browse dat://lagatos.com and https://lagatos.com in the same web browser - the Lagatos Browser.

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What is peer-to-peer (P2P)?

dat:// P2P websites work just like any other webpage. They’re a collection of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files that come together to form a webpage. Just like with http:// websites, you can click links, download images, and use developer tools to interact with the page.

A P2P a web protocol (such as dat://) means websites are stored on local computers. And the computers connect directly to one another, downloading and sharing files.

Participants on the network are called peers, and when a peer contributes bandwidth to re-upload a site’s files, it’s called seeding.

On a p2p network, peers can re-upload content to help keep it online. In Lagatos, we call this seeding, but you might also hear it called hosting or pinning. Read more by clicking the document below. 👇

How Lagatos Works - Seeding

You can see the peer count for a dat:// site in the URL bar:

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When you visit a dat:// site with the Lagatos Browser, you are viewing data from live peers.

If you want to contribute to the Lagatos network. You can use the seeding menu in the URL bar or in the Settings page to seed the files to your computer.

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If you visit an https:// website that also supports dat://, you’ll see this indicator in our browser's URL bar:

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2. Viewing the Source of a P2P Website

dat:// websites are unique because you can inspect all the files that make up a website. To explore a dat:// website’s files, click “View Source” in the site’s dropdown menu:

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This is Lagatos’ source code. You can view any dat:// site and its files with View Source:

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View Source automatically renders README files:

And of course, you can inspect individual files with View Source:

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3. One-click publishing to the P2P network

One of the most compelling reasons for supporting dat:// in the Lagatos browser is that it makes it possible to share a website from the browser with one click!

To create a website with Lagatos, click “Create New” in the main dropdown menu:

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Then choose whether to create an empty project, use our basic website template, or to import an existing project:

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We’ll choose the basic website template. Lagatos will automatically create a new dat:// website, populate it with a simple template, then open the website in View Source:

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We can open the website with the link on the top right. Or click the "Share" button and copy the link:

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Here's what a basic website looks like.

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Just like that, we made a website! To share the website with friends, you can send them the website’s URL. Anyone with the URL will be able to view the website with Lagatos.

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