Maybe you’ve already pieced together the history of Urbit with an assembly of vlogs, articles and interviews. Maybe you’ve tried telling its story to your Mom over the course of a rainy afternoon, dishing a hodgepodge of metaphors to the most patient of listeners. We’re taking this opportunity to tell the entire story—the way we see it.
Urbit is at a turning point, and it’s been a long time coming. Conceived as a solo project in 2002, Urbit incubated alongside the internet’s infancy and the birth of social networks and matured alongside crypto’s entry into the mainstream. While sharing some overlap with social networks and crypto, Urbit is a product of a much larger narrative—perhaps even a parallel one. In a way, Urbit is the road not taken, and it’s almost ready for traffic.
So far, Urbit's only been accessible to programmers and those savvy enough to use a command line. It’s less a tool than it is the infrastructure. With the introduction of Landscape—Tlon’s operating system built on top of Urbit—the promise of Urbit comes into sharp focus. It’s not just another operating system. It’s an example of better apps built with better tools. And now anyone with a computer and an internet connection can give it a spin.
This is a major milestone—for Urbit, Tlon and everyone that’s been involved so far. It’s one to make us really stop and think. About where we’ve been. About what we’ve learned. About what we’re doing all this for. It makes us consider the whole of it. In our rearview, the past reveals itself as a carefully sculpted chapter. Our moments of uncertainty resolve. Our days of frustration pay off. Our mistakes seem as necessary as our accomplishments. Ahead, the winding road opens up as we accelerate towards the horizon. We pull over to the side of the road, roll down the windows and breathe. Smells like campfire.
In the future, we hope you can look to this series as a comprehensive digest of all things Urbit. And whether you’re reading this in the summer of 2022 or 2027, we hope it excites you and assures you: the internet is young, and change is possible on Urbit. We have Landscape to prove it.