Historically, sea-slang for gossip - a scuttlebutt is basically a watercooler on a ship.
Scuttlebutt is a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform.
This seems like a silly name, but I assure you, this is real science. Read this: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/rvr/papers/flowgossip.pdf
Or, if you're lazy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuttlebutt (laziness will get you nowhere, btw)
+ Join Puband paste the invite code
Step 2 is important if you want to be able to find people further than your local network - it sets you up with a robot friend on the internet which helps you find and communicate with people. Read more about Pubs and their role here.
This is more technical than the easy path, mainly useful if you're interested in developing Patchwork.
On Linux you'll need some more dependencies. On Debian:
sudo apt-get install libxext-dev libxtst-dev libxkbfile-dev g++ m4 automake libtool
$ git clone https://github.com/ssbc/patchwork $ cd patchwork $ npm install $ npm start
3. above to connect to the network.
Check out the following channels by typing their name (with #) in the search bar:
Here are some other favourites:
To view the public handbook, browse to scuttlebutt.nz
The handbook is organized by topics:
Over time we have scattered documentation around in a few places:
Scuttlebutt is not the only dex project: