I will confess that I initially thought this was a big joke, some April Fool’s Day kind of thing.
WTF is Urbit ?
Supposedly it’s an “operating function”. You could try reading the FAQ but it’s pretty sparse right now. Don’t let that stop you from playing around with it though.
After watching the demo video (below), it seemed like something worth checking out.
Even if it isn’t really useful, there’s something to be learnt from what is clearly a well-thought-out, complex piece of work.
First, get some essential stuff.
sudo apt-get install libgmp3-dev libsigsegv-dev openssl libssl-dev libncurses5-dev git make exuberant-ctags
Then get the source and build it.
$ git clone https://github.com/urbit/urbit.git
Add to your
.bashrc the equivalent of
$ export URBIT_HOME=/home/agam/urbit/urb
$ cd urbit $ make
This will go on for a short while, and if all goes well, you should end up with a new
bin subdirectory, with a single executable. Run it.
$ bin/vere vere: urbit home is /home/agam/urbit/urb bin/vere: usage: [-v] [-k stage] computer
Excellently terse. Get used to it. It’s also not exactly up-to-date. We’re going to use a different parameter.
$ bin/vere -c frogstar
Obviously, substitute some made-up-name instead of
frogstar above. Now you should see something like
$ bin/vere -c frogstar vere: urbit home is /home/agam/urbit/urb loom: mapped 1024MB loading /home/agam/urbit/urb/urbit.pill time: ~2014.1.6..07.34.20..58b0 ames: on localhost, UDP 44342. http: live on 8080 generating 2048-bit RSA pair... ames: czar zod.urbit.org: ip .220.127.116.11 saving passcode in /home/agam/.urbit/~fiddyn-lavpun.txt (for real security, write it down and delete the file...) ; ~zod |Tianming| is your neighbor ; ~zod |Tianming| is your neighbor waiting...
and after half a minute of waiting, it should download a whole bunch of
hoon files …
updating... : /~wicmet-balful-tipdet-tardul--nisred-divpen-panref-sicbet/main/1/bin/update/hoon : /~wicmet-balful-tipdet-tardul--nisred-divpen-panref-sicbet/main/1/bin/update/hoon : /~wicmet-balful-tipdet-tardul--nisred-divpen-panref-sicbet/main/1/bin/update/hoon : /~wicmet-balful-tipdet-tardul--nisred-divpen-panref-sicbet/main/1/bin/update/hoon ...
Going off on an adventure!
At this point you should find yourself staring at the
(which, it turns out, is also a REPL)
That’s all for now … more on Urbit later.
Happy urbiting !!