This is old news but I have lingering browser tabs about it, so I guess that means it gets a post!
After many months without updates the Beaker browser has been officially archived.
I had a lot of hopes for this kind of “no-backend” peer-to-peer web app tool, but never felt like I was quite ready to jump in. To my (subjective) reading from the outside, Beaker was always not-quite-stable, with pivots happening from major feature to major feature. I recall that “solving multi-writer” was always a critical missing feature, and it was always over one horizon or the next.
I recognize that many core bits of Beaker live on. A lot of the good decentralized-plumbing stuff continues to improve in the hyper ecosystem. I also have high hopes for Agregore as a spiritual successor - a browser for “local-first” decentralized web apps that takes the extremely cool step of mapping the complexity of several decentralized protocols to well understood HTTP methods via
Still, with the loss of Beaker I feel like we’re now missing a complete tool that allows hacking on something locally (even with media), and be able to share and collaborate on it simply by sharing a link.