WP is currently under internal review, and waiting for pagination. I can notify here when ready.
We absolutely can embed videos on external pages, so also on archive.devcon.org without any problem. You can see for example here https://info.etherna.io/, where we already embedded our presentation video on the website (scroll a bit down). Our idea was exactly this, to show swarm embedded video aside of youtube and ipfs on devcon archive site.
Yes, Etherna is a platform built on top of Swarm (as described before), and offer a simple access gateway. Anyway any video data is on Swarm, and you can use Etherna’s protocol without our implementation. Application running on https://etherna.io/ is a dapp, full client side, and configurable for use with alternative gateway endpoints. In future also the index will be switchable. Like any dapp, any other application compatible with Etherna’s protocol can handle its contents, directly on Swarm.
Answering to pointed questions:
we already have developed almost all required features for enable this use case, and we are really near to be ready to a public release of the platform. We have a working gateway, load balanced, with global CDN enabled. What is still missing is pinning implementation, but it’s not a difficult task, and is our first priority after the release. “Update Postage Stamps management” is already in progress, and near to be ready. I think it will come before September. 500MB limit is more a first scalability precaution rather than a real limit. We already are investigating optimizations to be implemented on our gateway that can remove this limit.
I can answer this from different point of views, from Swarm and from Etherna. For Swarm, Postage Stamps are paid at front of any data upload, and they are needed as an antispam cost and must be periodically renewed. Moreover will come an incentive system built on them. Pinning instead is only a local space cost, because it doesn’t have effects on the net. Content could be republished on the net from pinning node, but the Global Pinning feature that should have automatized this must be refactored and it is not currently available. From the point of view of Etherna: postage stamps are managed by us on our gateway. They will have a cost for the user when created and, we decided to offer the first year of stamps for any published videos on our index. Anyway, currently we are full offering them, until we implement platform payments with next milestone release. Also, pinning will have a cost if managed by us, but only from next milestone. We will integrate swarm native storage incentives when available. It’s not necessary that you run your own node to maintain devcon videos.
we already have it. We are thinking on how develop a full decentralized version of Etherna Swarm nodes (implementing our economics, on L2), anyway we still are not there. Our gateway is currently centralized, and leveraging on centralization advantages for serving data. Under the architecture we have Swarm nodes, but in front of them we have load balancer, cdn and will arrive specific routing system for reach contents directly on the right internal pinning node. This solves distribution problems, also for heavy contents.
Limit of 500MB as I said is a precaution limit, but we will remove it. If it is a necessity, we can also give more priority.
Etherna is this, a service/protocol oriented to web3, but that can also offer advantages from web2 when necessary for best UX, until new techs will be ready.