I am happy to announce minv version 1.0.0!
In this post I’ll go through an overview of the project, as well as my reasoning and use cases for it.
¶ The Problem
Let’s face it: PeerTube is HUGE and daunting to set up. Even with Docker, the system requirements and configuration just to run a personal video website is not feasible for most people.
This is where minv comes in. It’s small, fast and accessible. Let’s see how.
minv__server is the reference (and as of yet, only) implementation of the minv server.
It’s written in golang and exports to a single binary with the only (runtime) dependancy being
ffmpeg. It also comes with a Docker image for people who might be running it on a distro without ffmpeg or an outdated version of ffmpeg.
minv__client is the reference (and as of yet, only) implementation of the minv client. However, minv is deliberately simple, so it should be easy to implement alternate clients on any platform.
minv__client also comes with a Docker image.
¶ Use Cases
minv is suited for personal video websites. These can include:
- personal archives
- YouTube mirrors (these can be achieved using YouTube’s RSS feeds and
- people who want to self host their videos but can’t afford PeerTube
For example, both the minv__client demo and the minv__server demo are hosted on a single 3.5$/month Vultr VPS, along with many other services, including my personal website and an instance of Miniflux.
¶ Disable Register
Currently, minv doesn’t have a way to disable registration. This can cause problems for instances meant to be “read-only”.
Currently, minv doesn’t implement ActivityPub. However, Atom feeds are provided wherever possible.
Currently, moderation in minv suffers these issues:
- The authentication system doesn’t have any form of verification.
- There is no moderation system, anyone can post anything, and only the owner can remove a video.
minv__server have some tests, but they are not upto the mark. This is planned to be improved.
minv currently doesn’t support transcoding
¶ The Future
I am not fully clear about what direction to take this project in. Some ideas(not all of these are my own):
- Develop minv with more features as a simpler PeerTube alternative.
- Cut back on minv’s features, and market it as a “static site generator but for videos”.
- Make minv a thin wrapper around torrents, and create possibly a new way of video sharing. This is similar to approach 2.