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FreedomBox 0.9 Images Available

July 15th, 2016

A week ago we have completed building FreedomBox images for 0.9 as 0.9-rc2 and made them available for release testing. No major issues have been found in the images and they are now the 0.9 final release images.

Transition to Debian testing:

With this release, we have completed the transition to Debian "testing" from Debian "unstable". From now on, for regular users, images will be based on "testing". When using these images, upgrades will happen to only packages that end up in Debian "testing".

If you are already using FreedomBox, you are advised to switch to "testing" distribution manually for higher stability. This can done by replacing "unstable" with "testing" in /etc/apt/sources.list and waiting for a few weeks for all packages to settle down or by freshly setting up using "testing" images.

Images based on Debian "unstable" will still be built and available as "nightly" images so that contributors can test early and prevent the regular users from facing issues. If you wish to contribute to FreedomBox by finding and reporting early problems, please stick with "unstable" images.

Posted Fri Jul 15 14:47:24 2016

FreedomBox 0.9 Released

April 25th, 2016

We're pleased to announce that FreedomBox 0.9 has been released! This release comes 9 weeks after the previous release (0.8).

The FreedomBox packages are available in Debian testing: freedombox-setup 0.9 and plinth 0.9.1-1.

We are planning to build new images for this release. However, there is an issue with building images for armel/armhf boards at the moment. We should have a workaround for this issue soon, and then the images will be built and uploaded.

More information on this release is available on the wiki:

Major FreedomBox 0.9 Changes:

  • Fixed Wi-Fi AP setup. - Prevent lockout of users in 'sudo' group after setup is complete. - Improved setup mechanism for Plinth modules. Allows users to see what a module is useful for, before doing the setup and package install. Also allows essential modules to be setup by default during FreedomBox install. - Added HTTPS certificates to Monkeysphere page. Reorganized so that multiple domains can be added to a key. - Added Radicale, a CalDAV and CardDAV server. - Added Minetest Server, a multiplayer infinite-world block sandbox. - Added Tiny Tiny RSS, a news feed reader.

Known Issues:

  • ownCloud has been removed from Debian testing, and is not installable through Plinth.
    • If you are using ownCloud on FreedomBox, please know that it will not be maintained.
    • We are looking for applications to replace the main functionality that was provided by ownCloud.
    • Radicale is an alternative for the contact and calendar sync features.
    • We still need to find and integrate a good alternative for the file sync feature.

Thanks to all who helped to put this release together!

Please feel free to join us to discuss this release on the mailing list, IRC, or on the monthly progress calls:

Posted Mon Apr 25 14:16:19 2016

FreedomBox 0.8 Released

January 20th, 2016

I'm pleased to announce that FreedomBox 0.8 has been released! This release comes 9 weeks after the previous release (0.7).

We did not build new images for this release. However it is available in Debian (unstable) as 2 packages, freedombox-setup 0.8 and plinth 0.8.1-1.

If you are using Freedombox 0.7, you can upgrade to 0.8. (If you have automatic upgrades enabled, this should have happened already!) But first, please read the "Known Issues" section below.

More information on this release is available on the wiki:

Major FreedomBox 0.8 Changes:

  • Added Quassel, an IRC client that stays connected to IRC networks and can synchronize multiple frontends.
  • Improved first boot user interface.
  • Fixed Transmission RPC whitelist issue.
  • Added translations for Turkish, Chinese, and Russian. Fixed and updated translations in other languages.
  • Added Monkeysphere, which uses PGP web of trust for SSH host key verification.
  • Added Let's Encrypt, to obtain certificates for domains, so that browser certificate warnings can be avoided.
  • Added repro, a SIP server for audio and video calls.
  • Allow users to set their SSH public keys, so they can login over SSH without a password.

Known Issues:

There is an issue in Plinth 0.7.x that can affect those trying to upgrade to 0.8.1. The issue happens when the manual upgrade is started (by clicking the "Upgrade now" button) and it tries to upgrade Plinth. The Plinth upgrade can fail during this manual upgrade process started through Plinth.

There are 2 workarounds for those trying to upgrade from 0.7.x: - Turn on Automatic Upgrades, and wait (up to 24 hours). Plinth will be automatically upgraded to 0.8.1, and the issue is avoided. - Or, you can SSH into the box, and run "sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade".

Thanks to all who helped to put this release together. There were several new contributors for this release. The wiki has a full list of contributors to the project:

Please feel free to join us to discuss this release on the mailing list, IRC, or on the monthly progress calls:

Posted Mon Feb 22 15:21:50 2016

Video of Freedombox Demo v0.6 posted

December 23, 2015

You can find video of Sunil's demo of the 0.6 release of the FreedomBox software at the Software Freedom Law Center's video archive.

We have released a newer version of FreedomBox since then that primarily focused on internationalization. If you are interested in downloading the newest versi on you can find the official images here.

Posted Wed Dec 23 16:58:53 2015

FreedomBox 0.7 Released!

December 19, 2015

I'm pleased to announce that FreedomBox 0.7 has been released! This release comes 7 weeks after the previous release (0.6).

FreedomBox version 0.7 is available here:

Before using, you should verify the image's signature. See for further instructions.

Thanks to all who helped to put this release together.

More information on this release is available on the wiki:

Major FreedomBox 0.7 Changes:

  • Translations! Full translations of the interface in Danish, Dutch, French, German and Norwegian Bokmål, and partial Telugu. - Support for OLinuXino A20 MICRO and LIME2 - New Plinth applications: OpenVPN, reStore (currently disabled in Plinth config, until Debian package is uploaded) - Improved first-boot experience - Many bugfixes and cleanups

Known Bugs:

  • When Transmission page is accessed after install, it will show "403: Forbidden". Here is a workaround for this issue:

  • Log into your FreedomBox using the console or SSH.

  • Edit the Transmission configuration: $ sudo vi /etc/transmission-daemon/settings.json Change "rpc-whitelist-enabled" to false. Save and quit.

  • Reload the Transmission server. $ sudo invoke-rc.d transmission-daemon reload Important: Make sure you reload instead of restart* the service. Otherwise your changes to the configuration will get overwritten.

  • Access the Transmission page at https://freedombox.local/transmission or similar.

Please feel free to join us to discuss this release on the mailing list, IRC, or on the monthly progress calls:

  • List:

  • IRC: irc://

  • Calls:

Posted Sun Dec 20 16:33:36 2015

Freedombox 0.6 Released!

October 31, 2015


I'm pleased to announce that FreedomBox version 0.6 has been released! This release comes 2 months after the previous, 0.5 release.

Please feel free to join us to discuss this release on the mailing list, IRC, or on the monthly progress calls:

  • List:

  • IRC: irc://

  • Calls:

The FreedomBox version 0.6 is available here:

Before using, you should verify the image's signature, see for further instructions:

$ gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 0x36C361440C9BC971

$ gpg --fingerprint 0x36C361440C9BC971

pub   4096R/0C9BC971 2011-11-12
      Key fingerprint = BCBE BD57 A11F 70B2 3782
                        BC57 36C3 6144 0C9B C971
uid                  Sunil Mohan Adapa <>
sub   4096R/4C1D4B57 2011-11-12

$ gpg --verify freedombox-unstable_2015-10-18_raspberry-armel-card.tar.bz2.sig freedombox-unstable_2015-10-18_raspberry-armel-card.tar.bz2

(Replace the file names with the version you download.)

Thanks to all who helped put this release together.

More information on this release is available on the wiki:

Major FreedomBox 0.6 Changes:

  • New supported hardware target: Raspberry Pi 2
  • New modules in Plinth:
    • Shaarli: Web application to manage and share bookmarks.
    • Date & Time: Configure time zone and NTP service.
    • Service Discovery: Configure Avahi service.
    • Debian packages can be download over Tor.
  • Switched from mod_ssl to mod_gnutls.
  • Documentation Revamp:
    • Get latest FreedomBox user manual from wiki.
    • Manual is focused on using FreedomBox, with a section on developing Plinth modules.
  • Wi-Fi configuration now in general network configuration.

Known Bugs:

  • DreamPlugs do not boot the 0.6 image. Please upgrade your previous Dreamplug by manually upgrading Plinth to 0.6.


Posted Mon Nov 2 20:27:46 2015

FreedomBox Halloween Hack-a-thon

Saturday October 31st, 2015

The FreedomBox Foundation is hosting a Halloween hack-a-thon on Saturday October 31st at the offices of the Software Freedom Law Center from 10 am to 6 pm, near Lincoln Center in New York City. New and existing contributors will be getting together to work on our Debian-based privacy-respecting self-hosting software suite and wireless router.

Members of the FreedomBox core development team will be on hand to help new contributors get involved and to get some actual work done! We are going to be talking about:

  • how to use a FreedomBox as a secure home router;
  • using existing Debian packages to integrate them into FreedomBoxes;
  • integrating in a secure decentralized social network;
  • replacing passwords with an integrated authentication system based on PGP;

We live in a world where our use of the network is mediated by organizations that often do not have our best interests at heart. To regain control of our privacy, the FreedomBox project is building an integrated suite of software that does not rely on centralized services. Of course much of this software already exists. We are hacking, tweaking, and molding it into a easy to use software suite so everyone can regain control of their privacy by running a FreedomBox at home.

Bring yourselves, your ideas, your PGP keys, and your Raspberry Pis (or other device you want to try FreedomBox on!) We will bring the pizza, over-caffeinated soda, and Halloween candy.

Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, October 31st, 2015 Location: Software Freedom Law Center, 1995 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, NY

Email us at hackathon at to let us know you are coming so we can be sure to order enough food and caffeine email.

Posted Mon Oct 19 16:07:25 2015

FreedomBox 0.6 Presentation

October 19, 2015

Sunil is doing a presentation at the Software Freedom Law Center's annual conference on October 30th. He will be showing off the forth coming 0.6 release. (Look for the 0.6 release any day now)

The Conference is at the Columbia Law School on Friday October 30th. Sunil's presentation will start at around 2:45 pm. The Conference is free. You can find out more information about it at the Software Freedom Law Center's website

Posted Mon Oct 19 16:03:55 2015

Freedombox 0.5 Released!

August 7, 2015

We are pleased to announce that FreedomBox version 0.5 has been released! This release comes 7 months after the previous, 0.3 release.

The FreedomBox version 0.5 is available here:

Before using, you should verify the image's signature, see for further instructions:

$ gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 0x36C361440C9BC971

$ gpg --fingerprint 0x36C361440C9BC971

pub   4096R/0C9BC971 2011-11-12
      Key fingerprint = BCBE BD57 A11F 70B2 3782
                        BC57 36C3 6144 0C9B C971
uid                  Sunil Mohan Adapa <>
sub   4096R/4C1D4B57 2011-11-12

$ gpg --verify freedombox-unstable_2015-08-06_raspberry-armel-card.tar.bz2.sig freedombox-unstable_2015-08-06_raspberry-armel-card.tar.bz2

(Replace the file names with the version you download.)

Thanks to all who helped put this release together.

More information on this release is available on the wiki:

Major FreedomBox 0.5 Changes:

  • New targets: CubieTruck, i386, amd64

  • New apps in Plinth: Transmission, Dynamic DNS, Mumble, ikiwiki, Deluge, Roundcube, Privoxy

  • NetworkManager handles network configuration and can be manipulated through Plinth.

  • Software Upgrades (unattended-upgrades) module can upgrade the system, and enable automatic upgrades.

  • Plinth is now capable of installing ejabberd, jwchat, and privoxy, so they are not included in image but can be installed when needed.

  • User authentication through LDAP for SSH, XMPP (ejabberd), and ikiwiki.

  • Unit test suite is automatically run on Plinth upstream. This helps us catch at least some code errors before they are discovered by users!

  • New, simpler look for Plinth.

  • Performance improvements for Plinth.

Please feel free to join us to discuss this release on the mailing list, IRC, or on the monthly progress calls:

  • List:

  • IRC: irc://

  • Calls:

Posted Tue Aug 11 03:14:43 2015

FreedomBox v0.3 Released!

January 21, 2015

Hi folks, I'm proud to announce that FreedomBox version 0.3 has been released! This release comes ten months after the previous, 0.2 release.

The FreedomBox version 0.3 is available here:

Before using, you should verify the image's signature, see for further instructions:

$ gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 0x36C361440C9BC971

$ gpg --fingerprint 0x36C361440C9BC971

pub   4096R/0C9BC971 2011-11-12
      Key fingerprint = BCBE BD57 A11F 70B2 3782
                        BC57 36C3 6144 0C9B C971
uid                  Sunil Mohan Adapa <sunil@...>
sub   4096R/4C1D4B57 2011-11-12

$ gpg --verify freedombox-unstable_2015-01-15_beaglebone-armhf-card.tar.bz2.sig freedombox-unstable_2015-01-15_beaglebone-armhf-card.tar.bz2

(Replace the file names with the version you download.)

Thanks to the many folks who helped put this release together and especially Sunil and Petter who are regularly building and publishing updated images.

More information on this release is available on the wiki:

Major FreedomBox 0.3 Changes:

  • Add BeagleBone support. We now have images for BeagleBone, RaspberryPi, VirtualBox i386/amd64, and DreamPlug.

  • Ability to enable and use Tor Hidden Services. Works with Ejabberd/JWChat and ownCloud services.

  • Enable Tor obfsproxy with scramblesuit.

  • Drop well-known root password (an account with sudo capabilities still exists for now but will be removed soon).

  • Switch to unstable as suite of choice for easier development.

  • Newer images are built with systemd by default (due to Debian change).

  • Install and operate firewall automatically (uses firewalld).

  • Major restructuring of Plinth UI using Python3, Django web development framework and Bootstrap3. Code quality is much better and UI is more polished.

  • Introduced packaging framework in Plinth UI for on-demand application installation.

  • Documentation updates.

  • Many bug fixes and cleanups.

Unfortunately, some known issues do exist:

  • ownCloud requires removing /etc/owncloud/config.php after installation for Plinth to enable it properly.

However, other known issues have already been fixed upstream:

  • etckeeper commit doesn't work during first-run.

  • Wi-Fi AP isn't automatically available on Dreamplug. The interface needs to be created manually.

Please discuss, test, and enjoy. Please also join us on the mailing list, IRC, or on the monthly progress calls:

  • List:

  • IRC: irc://

  • Calls:

Happy hacking, Nick

Posted Mon Feb 2 18:37:19 2015

FreedomBox version 0.2

For those of you who have not heard through the mailing list or in the project's IRC channel (#freedombox on, FreedomBox has reached the 0.2 release. This second release is still intended for developers but represents a significant maturation of the components we have discussed here in the past and a big step forward for the project as a whole.

0.2 features

Plinth, our user interface tool, is now connected to a number of running systems on the box including PageKite, an XMPP chat server, local network administration if you want to use the FreedomBox as a home router, and some diagnostic and general system configuration tools. Plinth also has support for downloading and installing ownCloud.

Additionally, the 0.2 release installs Tor and configures it as a bridge. This default configuration does not actually send any of your traffic through Tor or allow those sending traffic over Tor to enter the public net using your connection. Acting as a bridge simply moves data around within the Tor network, much like adding an additional participant to a game of telephone. The more bridges there are in the Tor network, the harder it is to track where that traffic actually comes from.

Availability and reach

As discussed previously, one of the ways we are working to improve privacy and security for computer users is by making the tools we include in FreedomBox available outside of particular FreedomBox images or hardware. We are working towards that goal by adding the software we use to the Debian community Linux distribution upon which the FreedomBox is built. I am happy to say that Plinth, PageKite, ownCloud, as well as our internal box configuration tool freedombox-setup are now all available in the Jessie version of Debian.

In addition to expanding the list of tools available in Debian we have also expanded the range of Freedom-maker, the tool that builds full images of FreedomBox to deploy directly onto machines like our initial hardware target the DreamPlug. Freedom-maker can now build images for DreamPlug, the VirtualBox blend of virtual machines, and the RaspberryPi. Now developers can test and contribute to FreedomBox using anything from a virtual machine to one of the more than two million RaspberryPis out there in the world.

The future

Work has really been speeding up on the FreedomBox in 2014 and significant work has been done on new cryptographic security tools for a 0.3 release. As always, the best places to find out more are the wiki, the mailing list and the IRC channel.

Posted Tue Nov 25 21:09:54 2014

I am pleased to announce our first FreedomBox software release. The FreedomBox 0.1 image is available here (.torrent) (sha512sum: 867f5bf462102daef82a34165017b9e67ed8e09116fe46edd67730541bbfb731083850ab5e28ee40bdbc5054cb64e4d0e46a201797f27e0b8f0d2881ef083b40).

This 0.1 version is primarily a developer release, which means that it focuses on architecture and infrastructure rather than finish work. The exception to this is privoxy-freedombox, the web proxy discussed in previous updates, which people can begin using right now to make their web browsing more secure and private and which will very soon be available on non-FreedomBox systems. More information on that tool at the end of this post.

  • What have we accomplished? This first release completes a number of important milestones for the project.

    • Full hardware support in Debian A big part of the vision for the FreedomBox project revolves around the "Boxs", tiny plug servers that are capable of running full size computing loads cheaply and with little use of electricity. In many respects these are wireless routers given the brains of a smart phone. If you want to change the software on a router or smart phone today you normally need to worry about bootloader images, custom roms, and a whole collection of specialized build and install tools. We wanted to the FreedomBox to move beyond this fragmented environment and, with the help of some embedded device experts, we have managed to make our development hardware into a fully supported Debian platform. That means that anyone with a device can install Debian on it just like a laptop or desktop computer. This support is very important for ensuring that the work we do on the FreedomBox is as portable and reusable as possible.
    • Basic software tools selected There is a lot of great free software out there to choose from and we put a lot of thought into which elements would be included in our basic tool kit. This includes the user interface system "plinth" that I outlined in a recent kickstarter update as well as basic cryptography tools like gpg and a one named "monkeysphere" that leverages gpg as an authentication tool. All of these are now bundled together and installed on the release image. This common working environment will simplify development going forward.
    • Box-to-box communication design Some goals of the FreedomBox can be accomplished with one user and one FreedomBox but many, like helping someone route around repressive government firewalls, will require groups of people and groups of boxes working together. One of our greatest architectural challenges has been finding a way for boxes to communicate securely without so slowing down or breaking network access as to make the system unpleasant to use. We have now outlined and built the first version of our proposed solution: Freedom-buddy. Freedom-buddy uses the world class TOR network so that boxes can find each other regardless of location or restrictive firewall and then allows the boxes to negotiate secure direct connections to each other for actually sending large or time sensitive data. We believe this blended approach will be most effective at improving the security and usability of personal-server communications and all the services we plan to build into those servers.
    • Web cleaning Our first service, a piece of software you can use today to start making your web browsing more secure and private, is called "privoxy-freedombox". This software combines the functionality of the Adblock Plus ad blocker, the Easy Privacy filtering list, and the (HTTPS Everywhere]( website redirection plugin into a single piece of software to run on your FreedomBox. Combining these different plugins into software for your FreedomBox means that you can use them with almost any browser or mobile device using a standard web proxy connection. Because of our focus on building the FreedomBox as part of Debian this software will soon be available to anyone running a Debian system regardless of whether you are using our target DreamPlug hardware, a laptop, or a large rack server somewhere. As you read this packages should already be available in the Raspbian repositories, which is the optimized version of Debian used on the Raspberry Pi hardware. Hopefully we will get that onto the main Debian mirrors over the next month; if you are interested in building it for yourself in the meantime, the source is available from gitorious. As we build additional components for the FreedomBox we will continue to work on making them widely available.
  • What is next? As you may have seen, our Project Lead, Bdale Garbee, is about to begin a well earned early retirement from his long time role as Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist at Hewlett-Packard. Over the coming month Bdale and the rest of the Foundation team will be putting together plans for the next stage of FreedomBox development and the road to a 1.0 release. News and updates will follow at (rss).
Posted Tue Feb 26 23:19:21 2013

Wow. Thanks to everybody who showed up in New York to hack on the FreedomBox and other projects. This event was a bit of an experiment. Instead of doing a FreedomBox Hackfest, we opened the event to other projects that share our goals of private, free communication. We were lucky enough to get developers who work on Guardian, Access, Tor, CryptoCat, Commotion Wireless, EFF, TrackMeNot and other initiatives. The resulting cross-pollination of skills and ideas pushed all of these projects forward with speed and focus!

While all the projects hit impressive milestones this week, it was FreedomBox that had the most activity. Here's what we did:

  • Boruch Baum, Daniel Howe and James Vasile worked on validating the regexes in freedombox-privoxy. That package is much closer to stable now. Boruch and Daniel did the heavy lifting. They took a problem that had, frankly, stymied us, and put in the attention and research to get it moving again.

  • Ariel and James brainstormed the user experience on first boot. Ariel made a series of slides detailing requirements in this area, which means we now have a roadmap for first boot.

  • Bryan Newbold hacked a configuration management solution into Plinth so now the front end can talk to the system. He and James are making a demo module for documentation.

  • Nick Daly added a command-line interface to FreedomBuddy. This interface can be used to query the FreedomBuddy service, and will be pushed to the public repository by the end of the week, with the next weekly image. The interface currently depends on the HTTP(S) interface, which is a limitation that will soon be removed.

  • Nick and Simo Sorce began implementing a self-configuring OpenVPN system using the FreedomBuddy's command-line interface. That will also be available by the end of the week.

  • Nick internationalized the FreedomBox UI with help from several other folks. Work will be completed in the next few weeks to support Python's standard approach to internationalization, GetText.

  • Pablo Arcuri started internationalizing FreedomBuddy to include a Spanish translation. It may soon also have a Farsi translation.

  • Nick and Nadim Kobeissi considered, and ultimately rejected, including CryptoCat on the default FreedomBox image, because of its reliance on PHP. Nadim is building a CryptoCat 2.0 that will be based on XMPP. When that is ready, we'll integrate it as FreedomBox's secure chat solution.

  • James explored browser fingerprint munging in freedombox-privoxy using advice from Eva Galperin. He concluded that this is a task better left to a browser plugin and might start speccing that plugin.

  • James discussed thread modeling methodologies with Matt Hollingsworth and started nudging FreedomBuddy toward a more defined and explicit threat model.

This hackfest was an unqualified success. Big thanks to our partners, ISC (especially Ray Short), OpenITP and ISOC-NY for pooling resources to pull it off! Thanks also to Elizabeth Boylan, who managed logistics and never once complained about our disorganization. Ian Sullivan worked his usual behind-the-scenes magic. Dragana Kaurin organized the people and the reporting and stipends. And Willie Theaker provided key support in arranging for people, food and supplies to always be in the right place at the right time.

Posted Thu Jul 12 15:23:31 2012

FreedomBox, OpenITP, InformSec and ISOC-NY have partnered up to host a circumvention tools hackfest in NYC right before HOPE. We've got four days to plan, code and learn! If you want to hack on anti-censorship or anti-surveillance tools, bring your project, bring your skills and bring your friends. This event will be focused on writing code and solving design problems. We won't have any long presentations (there will be enough of those at HOPE), though we will have lightning talks and will give away a door prize or two.

Where: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, 116th and Amsterdam

When: July 9 - 12, 10 am

Who: Privacy and free communication hackers like you

Please RSVP to kaurin at and tell us what you plan to work on, what kind of projects and people you hope to meet, and which days you will join us.

Feel free to repost this invite or to link to it.

Some modest travel stipends are available for amazing projects. Email James Vasile (james at about those.

Some projects we know will attend: Commotion Wireless, Cryptocat, Guardian Project, the Lantern Project, and Access.

If you are looking for lodging, take a look at this list of nearby hotels. If you want a hostel, there's one on 103rd and Amsterdam.

Big thanks to our partners, all of whom are contributing crucial support and resources.

Posted Sat Jun 30 16:56:30 2012

Hackfest Report

The FreedomBox Hackfest at Columbia University was a huge success. We hosted 25 people of diverse talents and interests. Some folks came to learn, acquire DreamPlugs and do a guided install of Bdale Garbee's FreedomMaker. Others took up parts of the (task list)[]. We learned a lot about the boxes, ideas for routing, data modeling, and security concerns. Lots of people pitched in on the tasks list, and descriptions of that work are below. Most importantly, we had a lot of fun meeting each other and collaborating. If you are interested in any of it, please ask about it on the discussion list, especially if you want to help!

Huge thanks to everybody that participated. Many people came by just to learn about the FreedomBox, talk about their use cases and offer encouragement. That activity is very helpful, and we appreciated the fresh perspective.

We intend to do more hackfests, perhaps in more cities in the near future. This weekend was a great success in progress, bug squashing, design, and first-draft implementation of key FreedomBox infrastructure.

Thanks again to everybody and especially to Columbia University, Elizabeth Boylan, and ISOC-NY for logistical and material support.

Progress and Activities

  • Nick Daly, Issac Wilder, Ian Sullivan and I fleshed out my earlier, nascent Port Santiago work (more about that below) and implemented some basic FreedomBox discovery and connection functionality. Nick and Issac also sketched out a DHT scheme (codenamed Neruda) for finding boxes. Nick and Issac each did presentations on the routing issue. Joly Macfie from ISOC-NY took video of those presentations and will get them online this week.

  • Nick and Ian iterated hard on paired boxes (a dedicated, hard-coded, factory-set proxy server and client connection) as a way to roll out freedom to small numbers of people stuck behind national firewalls. We now have paired boxes that locate each other on the network and proxy for each other!

  • Barbara Mack came to us with expertise in data model-ling, and she spent her time doing deep thinking on the person model and how it connects to the rest of the FreedomBox.

  • BoxySean installed FreedomBox on a GuruPlug and updated the Wiki with details on how to do that more easily. There are a lot of GuruPlugs out there, and his work is a big help.

  • BoxySean and Brian Newbold started work on configuring the FreedomBox as a wifi router and connecting that up to Plinth for UI. They identified some FreedomMaker bugs. BoxySean updated the list on those bugs and we've been following up on closing them.

  • A team of people (most notably Marcus and Tyrone) from the FreedomTower project explored ways the FreedomBox can be added to their mobile internet stations to provide Free communication services to people connecting to the net via those stations.

  • Sean O'Brien familiarized himself with Plinth and intends to contributing to the router front-end setup effort.

  • David Garson dropped knowledge on configuration systems and virtual machines as test beds.

  • I updated Plinth with a new template featuring some design work by Robert Martinez (about which I will say more in a separate update).

  • I updated Plinth with a new template and chased down some bugs. Boxysean explored Plinth's bugs as well, albeit involuntarily. We'll have patches on those shortly.

Port Santiago

There is a problem we have been referring to as the "magic routing problem". It is the question of how two FreedomBoxes find each other on the internet and establish communication, even if one or both boxes are firewalled and neither is findable via DNS. We called it "magic routing" because we hadn't started to design the routing system and so we had to assume it happened by magic.

Our solution to this problem is to piggyback on the Tor network. Hidden services rely on Tor for routing and discoverability. The system works quite well and the Tor project does excellent work at maintaining that system and strengthening it against attack.

Nick Daly and Ian Sullivan built a simple server that listens on a local port and is reachable from the outside world by a Tor hidden service. It accepts authenticated queries and responds with information. For example, it can give your IP address to friends you trust.

To avoid burdening the Tor network and also to avoid the delays associated with using Tor, Port Santiago will allow two FreedomBoxes to decide on a faster (though less anonymous) method of communication. Subsequent communication will happen on that channel.

Right now, we are using Santiago to discover a FreedomBox's IP address for the creation of encrypted proxy tunnels. This will allow a FreedomBox to provide uncensored, unmonitored internet access to a friend who is stuck behind a national or corporate firewall.

Nick did the heavy lifting on this work with help from Ian Sullivan and in consultation with many of the Hackfest participants. Nick's documentation and code will be up on github soon.


Port Santiago lets FreedomBoxes provide some basic information via a Tor hidden service, but users need a way to find out the onion addresses of their friend's services. The most obvious way to do this is with distributed hash tables (we also considered less obvious methods that piggyback on existing infrastructure, like links). Issac and I planned out the DHT, how to access it, the data structures, and API. We are calling this system Neruda.

Neruda will allow users to take a GPG key and look up a user's Santiago onion address. Issac Wilder is speccing this out and coding it.

One benefit of reaching Santiago via a Tor onion address is that FreedomBoxes do not need to update Neruda very often. Even if your IP address changes, your onion address shouldn't. Updating your Neruda record is a rare event and it is acceptable to refresh Neruda's tables relatively infrequently. This might allow us to devote fewer resources to it.

Key Signing

FreedomBoxes are going to make a lot of use of GPG to authenticate identity and sometimes to encrypt data as well. To strengthen the web of trust, we did some key signing and also introduced some participants to gpg, generated keys and taught key management.

Posted Wed Feb 22 15:02:22 2012

FreedomBox Hackfest in NYC on Presidents' Day Weekend

We're having a hackfest and you should join us!

It's in New York on February 18th, 19th and 20th. There are a lot of places we might make progress. Some easy ideas:

  • streamline the install process
  • improve documentation
  • turn the box into a wireless router
  • setup monkeysphere for proxies/VPN/tunnels
  • finalize the privoxy settings
  • work on building a central communications system around tor hidden services

This will be fun for people of all skills and experience. A day of pizza, beer and throwing bits against the box will make for great progress.

If you would like to help (or even if you just want to come by to say hi), please email If you have ideas for discrete tasks that might be tackled with a couple days of cooperation, please do join us.

Posted Wed Jan 25 20:34:00 2012

Webbrowsing med øget privatliv og sikkerhed

Én ting som mange mennesker er enige om at FreedomBox bør gøre er, at filtrere nettet for privatlivets skyld og fjerne reklamer. For at nå dette mål, så vil FreedomBox fungere som en web-proxy som rydder op og beskytter web-trafik.

Vi har et første-udkast af privoxy oppe på git. Den opgraderer din webtrafik til at foretrække ssl-kryptering hvor som helst den kan. Den fjerner overvågningssoftware fra websider for at give dig øget privatliv og anonymitet når du bevæger dig rundt.

Hvis du er en privoxy-bruger, så giv venligst pakken en testkørsel og rapportér hvilket som helst problem til fejlhåndteringen. Vi arbejder på at sende disse ændringer til opstrømmen, og i mellemtiden, så kan du danne en debian-pakke ganske let fra git-depotet.

Det videre arbejde vil inkludere et skript, der tester alle reglerne fra https-everywhere og forkaster de som er i stykker. Såvel som ét der periodisk tjekker efter nye regulære udtryk. Enhver som ønsker at bidrage med at skrive dette er velkommen til at hoppe ombord!

Flere detaljer om denne del af FreedomBox kan findes på vores kode-side.

Posted Tue Jan 17 14:58:33 2012

FreedomBox vinder konkurrencen Ashoka Changemakers

Organisationen FreedomBox Foundation har vundet konkurrencen Ashoka Changemakers Competition i kategorien "Citizen Media" (medier for borgerne)! Denne afgørelse blev truffet gennem offentlig afstemning, hvilket betyder at det var din støtte som bragte os til tops. Tak til alle som stemte og hjalp med at sprede budskabet. Dette fællesskab fortsætter med at samarbejde på helt utrolig vis.

Ashoka vil overrække os $5.000, som vi vil anvende til at finansiere yderligere udvikling af FreedomBox. Ét af vores mål er at øge bevidstheden omkring behovet for teknologi som respekterer privatlivet, og deltagelse i konkurrencen tillod os at præsentere FreedomBox for en masse mennesker, der aldrig før havde hørt om den. Alene på denne baggrund, fik FreedomBox tilstrækkeligt udbytte af konkurrencen

Tillykke til alle andre vindere og finalister. Ashoka satte fokus på mange gode projekter, der arbejder med frihed og åben tilgængelighed til kommunikationsteknologi. FreedomBox vil helt sikkert krydse med disse projekter igen.

Posted Tue Nov 29 15:05:44 2011

Stem på FreedomBox i konkurrencen Ashoka Changemaker

FreedomBox-projektet er nået til sidste runde i konkurrencen Ashoka's Changemakers og nu afhænger det af de offentligt afgivne stemmer! Vi har allerede vundet prisen Early Entrant, da vi først indsatte vores program. En stærk eksponering af stemmeafgivelsen vil sætte projektet i en stærk position til et Fellowship, der sponsorere betydeligt projektarbejde. Brug venligst en smule tid på at [stemme på os](! (Rul hele vejen ned.) Tilmelding kan være nødvendig, selv om de har forsikret mig om at de ikke vil spamme dig. Hvis du er på Facebook, kan du også [stemme via din Facebook-konto](, hvilket er nemmere, hurtigere og belastet med implikationer for privatlivet. Spred også budskabet. Få øjeblikke af din tid kan betyde en masse for at få dette projekt båret fremad.
Posted Mon Nov 14 19:10:39 2011

Hvad er et distribueret socialt netværk?

J David Eisenberg lavede en fremragende tegneserie som introducerer til distribuerede sociale netværk. For enhver, der er ikke helt sikker på, hvorfor Frihedskassen er vigtigt, er det en sjov og ikke-teknisk måde at forklare det.

Posted Mon Nov 7 00:59:23 2011

Elevate og ContactCon

James Vasile deltog ved Douglas Rushkoffs ContactCon for at fremme FreedomBox. Tak til Douglas Rushkoff og Venessa Miemis for at invitere os til at præsentere og arrangere begivenheden! Mit foredrag, der var FreedomBox'en på 4 minutter. Han deltog ikke blot for at tale, FreedomBox-projektet vandt også en præmie på ContactCon! Vi har en fyldig meddelelse om dette snart.

James bevæges sig direkte fra ContactCon til Østrigs Elevate-festival. Mens han var der, stak han forbi MAMA / Hacklab i Zagreb, og præsenterede også FreedomBox i Ljubljana. Elevate var fyldt med fantastisk begivenheder inden for teknologi, medier og kunst. Mange tak til Daniel Erlacher for invitationen til Elevate og for deres donation til FreedomBox Foundation. James' Elevate-foredrag blev kaldt Freedom Out of the Box.

Posted Fri Nov 4 18:45:37 2011

FreedomBox ved LinuxConf North America

FreedomBox Foundations stifter Eben Moglen og teknisk leder Bdale Garbee vil deltage ved næste Linux Conference North America i Vancouver, 17.-19. august. Dette års udgave markerer 20-året for Linux-kernen, en vigtig milepæl for fællesskabet.

Bdale Garbee vil holde foredrag onsdag d. 17. aug. kl. 3pm i Plaza B.

  • Freedom, Out of the Box! af Bdale Garbee
    en statusopdatering på udviklingen af "FreedomBox", en personlig server som kører et operativsystem baseret på fri software og frie programmer, designet til at skabe og bevare beskyttelse af privatlivet ved at tilbyde en sikker platform, som fødererede sociale netværk kan konstrueres på.

Prof. Eben Moglen vil tale i panelet 20 år med Linux lige efter Bdales foredrag og han vil også være tilgængelig under andre sociale begivenheder. Følg os på for at få de allerseneste meldinger.

Posted Tue Aug 16 00:43:13 2011

IRC Chatlog 2011-08-15 15:00UTC

Velkommen, allesammen, til den planlagte spørgetime med Bdale Garbee og jeg. Vi er her for i en time at besvare spørgsmål og diskutere FreedomBox. Så indsend spørgsmål, og vi vil forsøge at give de bedste svar vi kan give.


Jeg vil starte med et af mine egne spørgsmål til bdale: Hvordan går det med den første udgivelse?

Goldstein: Jeg har spurgt Ebens eksterne menneskelige hukommelseslager (også kendt som Ian Sullivan) og håber at have et svar til dig inden længe.

naif, og

vi er lige ved at lancere et "udvikleraftryk" for DreamPlug'et som er et relativt simpelt grundlæggende Debian-aftryk med essentielle kompileringsværktøjer .. Jeg havde håbet at have det ude denne morgen, men desværre gør dagjob og familie at jeg har haft begrænset med tid de seneste dage


Goldstein: @eben> Det er en klasse af »Comp Priv Const« ved Columbia om dødsstødet til det fjerde ændringsforslag (amendment). Lydoptagelse bør være tilgængelig på CPCs hjemmeside. Ian er med mig i øjeblikket, men vi kan finde ud af det for dig om lidt.

er den påkrævede u-boot-kode blevet sammenflettet opstrøm endnu?

det indledende udvikleraftryk kan installeres og anvendes med det fabrikstilbudte u-boot

bdale: vil dette aftryk kræve specifikt maskinel for at køre?

de to egenskaber vi "vil" have som ikke er i aftrykket, er evnen til at opstarte fra et eksternt filsystem, så du er nødt til at have en lille, fed partition for kernen .. og evnen til at afvikle et skript som læses fra filsystemet, så vi ikke behøver at hårdkode versionerede filnavne i flashen eller vedligeholde symlink på filsystemet, men ingen af dem er øjeblikkelige behov for udviklingsarbejde

gbastien: det aftryk som der spørges til er specifikt for Globalscale DreamPlug'et .. bemærk dog at *ethvert* Debian-system kan anvendes til udviklingsarbejde som ikke vedrørende ydelsen på en plug-computer eller arbejde på hardware-specifik aktiveringskode code

bdale: Du, Eben og jeg har talt om en første udgivelse af egenskaber. Nogen ideer til hvad dette kunne se ud, og hvordan vi kommer herfra og derover?

planen er at vi vil føje yderligere softwarepakker og konfiguration, få installationsaftrykkene til at spinne igen i takt med at vi føjer funktionalitet til

der er tre primære områder jeg mener vi skal fokusere indsatsen på snart

det første er at beslutte os for en tilgang for konfiguration af brugergrænseflade .. vi har mere eller mindre konsensus om at brugergrænsefladen bør være en web-grænseflade, og at vi ønsker at bruge så meget af den eksisterende mekanik til pakkekonfiguration fra Debian som vi kan i bunden

bdale: Web-grænseflade og XMPP-chat?

det andet er at udpinde forbindelserne mellem openpgp-nøgler og elementer for identitet og tillid for den software vi ønsker at benytte .. startende med monkeysphere og voksende ud derfra

Vil jeg være i stand til at køre software på en normak stationær/bærbar fra en USB-pen?

det tredje er at bygge en XMPP-kernestak .. som Knygar siger, det sandsynlige startsted er XMPP-chat, selv om vi med en base på plads, hurtigt kommer til at stå over for et ganske rigt sæt af forbindelsestjenester

jdeisenberg, med al software i FreedomBox pakket for Debian, så vil jeg antage at det er tilfældet

jdeisenberg: vores fokus indtil nu har været på at få sat en referenceimplementering sammen for ARM-baserede plug-servere, men at dreje det over på et x86-virtualiseringsaftryk eller et aftryk for en Debian Live cd/dvd/usb-pen som tilbyder et lignende pakkesæt, ville for nogle ikke være en vanskelig opgave at løse

Er der en liste (dvs. på en EtherPad eller Wiki) med ting som der er truffet beslutninger om?

arbejdet liw lagde i vmdebootstrap bør være let af indflette i vores frihedsbringende værktøjer, for eksempel, at udsende x86-virtualiseringsaftryk på samme tid som vi udsender dreamplug-stykker

silver_hook: der er et voksende sæt af sider i wikien, men jeg synes ikke der er noget så sprødt som en "liste med ting som der skal træffes beslutninger over" lige nu

bdale: Jeg tænkte mere i retning af agendaen for dagens møde.

* silver_hook er nu kendt som hook

vasile: så tilbage til dit oprindelige spørgsmål, jeg tror den første »udgivelse af egenskaber« vil være tilføjelsen af en XMPP-server og web-orienteret XMPP-chatklient

bdale: Glimrende. Og du hælder fortsæt mod ejabberd?

hook: oic, planen for dagens møde var en spørgerunde i "rådhus"-stil

* hook ændrer dit kaldenavn ...meget bedre nu :]

vasile: sandsynligvis .. jonas var i spidsen for dette ved Debconf, jeg ser ham dog ikke på kanalen denne morgen

bdale: OK, fangede den :)

* HerraBRE er nu kendt som BjarniRunar

I øjeblikket har jeg en Sheevaplug; vil softwaren virke på den? og, med hensyn til dreamplug'en, har folk som fremstiller den løst problemer med overophedning?

understøttes dreamplug-hardwaren fuldt ud af debian? jeg modtog min sidste weekend og en masse ting sker som udgangspunkt uden for pakkehåndteringssystemet (firmware, tilpasset kerne, etc.) --- Oversætters note: resten fortsætter på engelsk... Translator's note: rest continues in English for now. ----

vasile and I have talked about the idea that we should do this from time to time, just as another way to help folks know what we're thinking and working on, as sometimes chat like this is less stressful than trying to prepare "official announcements" and the like

jdeisenberg: I can report tha tthe overheating has been solved.

vasile: good to know; I am afraid to use my Sheevaplug because I don't want to burn my house down.

jdeisenberg: I also have a Sheevaplug .. our bits should work fine, modulo choice of an adequately sized root filesystem device

jdeisenberg: And the hardware is very much the same. Sullivan can speak to any minor differences, and he'll be in channel later. At any rate, I hope to test the image on a Sheeva at some point.

bdale: I for one like this initiative, direct chat is nice. I also enjoyed the recording of your DebConf talk :)

laziac: as I reported after our work at Debconf, we're now very close to having all the right stuff for the dreamplug upstreamed .. stock Debian doesn't quite cut it yet, you'll want a different kernel

jdeisenberg: I've had a sheeva running continuously for months. It throws heat but no flames yet!

@bdale regarding chat -- we are working in XCCC for a concurrent chat "FBX edition" with voting system, should be cool, we are planning to release it for a next this kind of chat.. personally, i don't like IRC, at all

BjarniRunar: thanks .. fwiw, I'll also be giving a FreedomBox talk at the Linux Foundation's LinuxCon event in Vancouver this Wed afternoon. I do not expect it to be recorded or streamed, however.

@bdale XMPP chat :)

Knygar: sounds interesting .. I'm more likely to be found on irc than anywhere else right now, but that may change over time

@bdale it would be at least fun, i promise

speaking of which, anyone here who has questions even when we're not holding a meeting like this should feel free to poke me about them here on this channel. I "lurk" here most of the time I'm at a keyboard, and I log the channel even when I'm not around.

@bdale for FNF i mean @all: are there any upcoming mega-infrastructure that would lead all the Freedom Networking projects? That may be compared with FSF, GNU etc.


bdale: Could you talk a little more about the config system? So far we have: A web layer on top, config scripts on the bottom (possibly dpkg pre/post scripts). What's in the middle? Where does the box store state? Is it in /etc as per usual or do you envision a separate db holding the user choices from the web layer?

the biggest differences between the Sheeva and Dream plugs from our perspective are that the Dream has an internal 2gb microsd (can be replaced with a screwdriver for access) that we can use for the root filesystem, and it has two gigE ports

my personal objective would be to keep the "database" layer as thin as possible

I'm also not really interested in a huge+heavy web app

Can/will email be done via XMPP?

to be brutally honest, this is an area I have not spent much time on yet

bdale: The challenge in my mind will be to prevent bad states.

Knygar: You're asking for a foundation to lead the FreedomBox Foundtion?

originally, I hoped we'd have a UI specialist on board who would help us define what the infrastructure requirements are

more recently, it just hasn't made it to the top of my list yet

bdale: Yes, we're still looking for that person.

@hook kind of

Knygar: Why?

(that's a serious question)

@hook it is more like coordinate

(hello all, sorry I'm late)

bdale: Have you asked the OpenUsability guys for help yet?

i'v thought FNF is kind of

whoa... what about the FNF?

hook: No, I haven't. That's a good idea.


dogstar: to me, 'email' means smtp, et al .. however, vasile will attest that I've mentioned several times that to do something truly distributed and secure, we need to think more in terms of messaging other than smtp


what do you plan for a sync solution? From my point of view, dvcs-autosync (git) is the best for text files and webdav (or similar) for others (music, pictures...) [owncloud?]. I believe it is an important feature

yeah... xmpp can handle messaging

what about rsync?

vasile: Sure thing :)

bdale, API for the configuration would be good to have, so that the UI can be designed more freely

@hook @imw -- FNF to lead the industries coordination (freely, openly etc.) and software stacks.. ?

Francois_April: keep in mind that the reference box won't really have any storage space, so anything that implies the FBX is storing lots of data problably is an addon of some sort.

Francois_April: what do you mean by 'sync'?

reed: Agreed.

@hook yes, very serious, are we mature enough to make something globally and non-profit

bdale, something like "dropbox"

are you planning on collaborate with other free networks that are already working around the world?

BjarniRunar, I agree

@knygar FNF just wants to help people build their own infrastructure, and sees this as a vehicle appears to be fresh as of April 2006

Francois_April: There's ownCloud and SparkleShare.

Hi, new here. Do you think that freedombox can succeed without a physical device with it installed and with a big (so expensive) hard drive to stock personnal data ?

the network part is only one bit of the FreedomBox project... the idea is to collaborate with other projects that are already doing it, no need for FBX to replicate their work

reed: I think a good step would be to try and flesh out a list of configuration elements that we think we'll need for the first service or three, which will let us get an idea of just how much infrastructure/api we really need

fauno: Generally speaking, yes. Do you have a specific one in mind?

@imw good idea, since you list many projects and there would be more, progress, it is a nice variant i guess

there was some work done at Debconf on this, but I wasn't in the middle of it

Knygar: I still don't get why you're already having a foundation and would like another one....

Could you clarify that please?

hook, SparkleShare is in mono and not enough stable from my point of view

...then maybe I can get an idea.

hook, the FreedomBox Foundation already exists

guillemin: I'm afraid I don't quite understand your question. Could you rephrase or expand on it?

@hook FBX is working on FBX's but there are FreedomNodes etc.

reed: I know, that's what confuses me...

is Jonas here?

vasile: well, i belong to one in buenos aires. there's also a coordination group of latinamerican free networks...

why not just a decent rsync setup for syncing?

Francois_April: Good point. OwnCloud sounds promising though.

@hook all is very big and custom projects, even so they may use FBX as a base

fauno: If Debian can talk to it, then so can the FreedomBox.

fauno: redeslibres is great

>hook< knygar is probably talking about another foundation that he's working on or something, the freedom network foundation

fauno:plus funkfeuer and freifunk

@hook it is not an hierarchy question for me, it is coordination

Knygar: Oooooh, so a wider foundation then the Freedombox Foundation. OK, I get it now.

@hook FBX doesn't have enough people and probably won't have as far as the goal is FBX's for example

@hook @knygar yeah, FNF fills that role a bit, but the FNF is basically just me an Charles Wyble, for the moment

hook, yes. However, owncloud could not handle automatic syncs and offline usage. dvcs-autosync could but a nice GUI is missing

Knygar: my take on this is that coordination is best handled by talking about protocols and software .. coordination above that level is great talk over beer, but doesn't get any work done

imw: I saw that Wyble was going to release freedomnode a few days ago; has that happened?

@imw who cares :) the basic need is for coordination and since you could help in it and actually - helping, that is what i mean

bdale, you mentioned buddycloud on your report from DebConf: what's the status of their development? did anybody contact them?

jdeisenberg: not that I'm aware of

Francois_April: If that's so, you could file a wish "bug" to the ownCloud. That's the best idea I have right now (that has a GUI)

reed: I haven't (yet)

@jdeisenberg nah. he's hard at work though.

hook, OK. i'll do

my impression is that jonas was sitting with some of them at CCC last week, though

bdale, My mom only uses email. Has email been ruled out as an FBX app?

"OwnCloud sounds promising though" +1

vasile: sorry, I wanted to ask if you think freedombox can provide an alternative to cloud apps without requiring a big hard driver to record heavy personal data (photos, videos) and without being distributed in dedicated devices.

reed: I talked with the buddycloud folks at CCC

bdale: yes, BTW, there are possibly popular BrowserID that relies on mailing

imw: right .. anything interesting to report?

fiftyfour: email could be integrated through forward, to make the transition to a new messaging protocol such as xmpp

Has anyone signed up already to provide pre-installed FBX's=


(FBX = FreedomBox, right?)

bdale: it would be very nice if email would be a basic service of FBX's

Knygar, that should be easy to do. Do you volunteer to do that?

bdale: yeah, he's got everything that's in his 'data ownership stack' deployed on a redhat machine

@imw brave idea

imw, vasile: there are this regional conferences down here, there's so much interest that three were organized in less than a year... maybe you're interested on participating in the next one?

@hook yes

guillemin: Obviously we need storage for heavy files. That's going to be either local or somewhere "in the cloud". Maybe that's a friend's box or maybe that's a third praty hosted solution protected with encryption.

hook , Yes FBX = Freedombox

badle: that's as far as I know, but I talked to him briefly yesterday, and he said that he'd made progress before we cut out

fauno, where is 'down here'?

Knygar: you address ppl like so on irc

@imw that is for XMPP

fauno: Ping me after this chat and we can talk about it. I have limited travel, but I'm always willing to see if I can make it work.

reed: south americe

imw, what is forward?

imw: any interesting news from the buddycloud folks?

Goldstein: that is why i don't like it:))

vasile: ok, the date is yet to be confirmed :)

As for distributed encrypted storage (e.g. for backups) this is something the ownCloud guys are trying to implement.

reed: south america*

fiftyfour: meant to say forwarding, for which there are various methods

fauno: Fair enough. You can email me when you have specifics.

vasile: What is the state of funding for the foundation?

fauno: I plan to be in Brazil for the LF Linuxcon event later this year, it would be interesting if some other meeting(s) might line up on the schedule around then

@hook and Tahoe and Camlistore and etc. in various degree

imw: also interested in knowing status of buddycloud

* hook is not affiliated with ownCloud, he just follows a bit of stuff and many topics here were relevant to those solutions


ok, /ignore time

bdale: that's good, we have even more limited traveling, but there's a group forming in brazil

Knygar: Right, but without a webGUI and direct desktop access AFAIK.

vasile: thanks for clarification.

Goldstein: i'm sorry, strong habit, i didn't want to ignore your opinion

When do you think you will need non-developpers but quite experienced users? Specific tasks in mind?

fauno: bdale: vasile: so folks at CCC asked me to come down to Brasil to talk about the FNF as well, not sure the timing, might be the same event

dogstar: That's a good question. We have our original kickstarter funding, and about five thousand in paypal donations since then. Of that, we have about 60K left, after fees, dream plugs, paying stefano, some printing costs (stickers, flyers, etc.). We are talking to some potential donors and making foundatio nappeals.

guillemin: My pleasure.

imw, will FBX forward the email for me or is it some other service

@hook yes, but they evolve , maybe WebDAV

imw: I'm failing to decode "FNF" .. help me out, please?

:hook at least

bdale: Free Network Foundation, I think.

fiftyfour: your fbx could fetch your messages from your old mailserver

bdale: Free Network Foundation, sorry bout that

can we all talk about identity management, or did I miss that part?

:vasile are there another platforms, besides Changemakers?

Having migrators on the FBX IMHO should be a must.

:vasile planned

fiftyfour: configuring an smtp+imap email service could be done in lots of ways, none of which directly align with or promote many of the desired attributes of a freedombox. so, exactly what additional value we can or should add to the email experience of a given user is a topic where I think some research and discussion would be good

knygar: the colon goes at the end, silly

:hook +1

Knygar: I'm currently finishing up an proposal.

:hook for migrators

If we really want people to easily switch, they need to have a simple "Migrate from FaceBook" button.

bdale: totally agree re:mail

and s/FaceBook/any_cloud_service

Knygar, do you know other foundations or groups that may be able to sponsor FBX development? send us a list

hook: That's an excellent suggestion. We'd need to have the identity management layer done first, but it's a great idea.

:bdale +1 for research

hook: could be useful for that

...which would pull all their data, (optionally) delete it there *and* inform their contacts that the person migrated to his own free solution and how they can a) contact him/her now; and b) how they can free themselves as well.

Goldstein: I'm told that audio of the speech you seek exists but is in a queue to be processed and won't be ready any time soon.

:bdale i have even proposed Mozilla to make a secure hosting or kind.. for a next betafarm of community .. that is a very important task, i think

hook: sounds like a hackfest idea

laziac: I was just thinking about suggesting that as one of the tools ;)

it's also interesting to note that while I, and Eben, and many of our parent's generation live and die by email, it seems to be a much lower priority communications mechanism for most people these days .. [shrug]

bdale: so many years and not a one serious floss web-mail package, am i wrong?

hook: nice idea

bdale: I think it's still high priority in the workplace, even for people who don't use it much personally.

bdale, agreed, email can be bad

One thing that the FBX could do for e-mail would be to opportunistically encrypt/decrypt mail when GPG keys are available for the recipient. This would be in line with the project's goals.

Does FBX already have a groupware solution?

BjarniRunar: gnu anubis can do that iirc

That'd be a must for NGOs, civil groups etc.

vasile, only because of legacy ... but this is off topic :)

:bdale as i say - BrowserID is likely to make it important

bjarnirunar: keys should be present by default on the box, imho

Maybe Kolab + Roundcube ( we're working on making that a reality)

hook: what do you mean by groupware?

:bdale also - registrations with necessary mail would be here for years, i'm afraid

hook, great job! not sure it fits the FBX needs, but good nonetheless

BjarniRunar: it depends on what problem you're trying to solve .. smtp daemons can choose to opportunistically encrypt content in flight, but if the point of encryption is personal privacy, that's much better handled in the email client

we need to talk about naming, as well

imw: E-mail. Calendar, ToDos, Notes server (via IMAP in Kolab's case), etc. that can be shared between users, made public, you can delegate tasks etc.

hook: maybe

did folks get the e-mail i sent this morning?

Beyond the tech, how will FBX really get the scale it needs for security and the mesh level networking?

bdale: of course, but most of the things the FBX is supposed to help with would actually be better done in the client :)

imw: yes

hook: that seems outside of the initial spec, to me, but would be good later

I think we should focus on core functionality, for now

imw: yes .. I'm not ignoring you. as I mentioned earlier, working out how we get from openpgp keys to useful identity and trust elements for configuring and using apps is a high priority for me

imw, reed: It depends on what FBX is there for. If it's to empower groups like NGOs and civil initiatives as well, then it's a must.

bdale: cool. sorry I missed the beginning of the chat.

There is already some work done on desktop to import data from clouds (facebook for example). Some desktops (gnome for example) or mobile phones already provide a way to get contacts, chat etc. from cloud. May be the user should not ask freedombox to import facebook data. Rather the user connect his device to freedombox and freedombox gather information from configured online services.

joncamfield: Scaling mesh is hard. Interlinking them is hard too. My hope is that the dedicated mesh projects keep making progress. Right now, though, there are meshes running at the level of 5000 nodes, which is pretty good.

bdale: there seems to be a critical interplay between naming and identity management

* hook should be working on that blasted BSD question :\

hook, afaik FBX is more of a personal device, at least in its current incarnation

a good shared calendar service is highly desired, but it seems far enough from ready that I'm thinking of writing it up as a challenge in my blog

imw: interplay, yes

vasile: the key is not to scale, but to federate

Is anyone else besides me and Jonas coming to Brussels for this?

imw: and between social networking

vasile: 2.4 for the home, 5ghz for the neighborhood, 3650mhz for the region could work

imw: Yes, I include federation in the term scale, perhaps inappropriately. That's what I mean by interlinking them.

bdale: I'm pretty happy with how Kolab works (at least from the end-user perspective).

vasile: gotcha. well, it's especially hard when everything at the top of the stack is still centralized, and the mesh is being used to hop to a gateway

imw: what is the worst frequency for human beings, environment - among these?

bdale: But that might be a bit bloated if you only need it for the calendar

vasile: but as soon as you introduce decentralized services, it takes a load off, because local traffic stays local

knygar: it's really only bad for you if you hold it 2mm from your brain

imw: or from other parts..

knygar: delivered energy is an inverse square to distance,

I've been looking at radicale .. going from that to a useful fbx service isn't trivial, though, I think

imw: Yes, eliminating some of the roundtrip would reduce the hops. I wonder how big the gain would be.

bdale: whats radicale?

vasile: a topic for research, certainly


a simple calendar server using caldav

i love this!

imw: Certainly.

bdale: thanks

the idea of individuals having calendars and deciding what portion of them to be able to share is a good basis

vasile: Radicale seems cute'n'nifty :]

Everybody: this chat has been scrolling fast. If you tried to say something and it was missed, please try again.

We are at the close of our scheduled hour, so get those questions in. Bdale and I will be lurking, but I like the intensity of having people focused on things all at once.

Is there a (preferably distributed) search engine planned as well?

Is anyone else besides me and Jonas coming to Brussels for this?

vasile: I think the chokepoint project might have some info on how much traffic is actually local traffic, but if not we need to get it

e.g. Seeks seems promising and YaCy is also an option.

hook: in all our meetings, we've never seriously considered including search. In fact, we've explicitly excluded it a few time, at least when sketching assumptions.

vasile: why is that?

hook: depends on what you want to search .. I don't have any thoughts about "google on fbx", or anything like that .. but at the other end of the continuum xapian and things that use it like notmuch rock my world

Is email excluded?

Seniorexpat: I'm not, can't speak for others

I'm not saying it can't happen, just that in the constellation of possibilities, I wouldn't consider it the bright star by which we steer this ship.

seniorexpat: i'd love to, but I can't

vasile, bdale: That's too bad, but I can see why.

hook, look at the archives of the list, the problems IIRC are storage needs and processing power

So when (or how) can we start actually playing with the FBX software stack to see what is or should be in it?

hook: I'll fight to have search included, I think it's important

hook: the idea that we may want some search-like location finding mechanism seems reasonable, but I currently think that's more in line with application-level functionality, like some of what the buddycloud folks and other groups like that are working on than a totally generic "searc"

hook: Search is expensive.

gbastien: we've got to build it before we can play with it

imw: If you build it and it can fit, there's always a chance.

bdale: vasile: do y'all have dreamplug lying around?


imw: We have dreamplugs, yes. And more on order.

imw: Hehe, I'd love one too ;)

gbastien: the best starting point today is to grab some hardware that can run Debian, and start playing with the daemons mentioned in and/or here

vasile: is there any chance that I (or others) could come play with them, or that you could distributed them?

bdale, is Email excluded?

hook, and around that

vasile: also, does the foundation have an office where I can come bug you/ give you a high five?

reed: Thanks :)


Search is not just expensive, it is a problem which is not trivially distributable. You can have distributed search, but the quality will be abysmal compared with what the Googles can do. It is a theoretically hard problem which benefits dramatically from centralization.

imw: I, Eben, Ian Sullivan and Clint Adams all work our of SFLC's office in New York City.

I would ask, would there be GNU/Hurd variation as well, but I already know the answer ;)

bdale: Thanks, I've been following the project for a while now but can't see how I can fit in, as a software developer

fiftyfour: I'm not sure what 'excluded' means, exactly .. I do not personally have any plans to work on an smtp+imap config for our reference implementation, but if you or someone else have a solid proposal, I'm happy to hear it

imw: You're welcome any time you're in town.

vasile: cool. =)

...I'd still love to see it one day. I think Hurd's might be more suited for such stuff.

I work from a home office in the woods in Colorado .. easiest to find me at a conference sometime, I suspect

As for getting a dream plug, I imagine we'll be selling some. And if you're doing serious work on the hardware, we can work something out too.

bjarnirunar: true. we've got to get work.

hook: if/when Debian actually releases a hurd variant .. ;-)

bdale: When I imagine somebody showing up at your place unannounced, I picture them riding an ATV and wearing snow shoes.

bdale: swell

bdale: AFAIK it will in the next release. But the bigger problem is that Hurd is not yet ported to ARM :P

imw: Well, when I say 'hard problem', I mean that it may be impossible in practical terms to get anywhere close to what one would consider acceptable quality. It's not just about elbow grease. :-)

i think more than anything this project needs focus. we need a list of critical features and we need to be able to tell people with other ideas to come back when those critical features are done. it would also make it easier to know the best way to contribute, since for me it's been very unclear how i can help. thoughts?

Does the FreedomBox Community have recommended software alternatives to Twitter and Facebook?

bjarnirunar: I know. It was a bit tounge-in-cheek. we need uncrackable encryption, too.

when it was new, I thought the Hurd was pretty cool .. I have to admit that I haven't been able to stir up much excitement in myself about whether it makes it into Debian Wheezy or not...

laziac: I agree. We're inching our way toward that.

Goldstein, statusNet is a good start

imw: ok :) Uncrackable encryption is easy though, just throw away the keys. ;)

bjarnirunar: =)

laziac: I'm happy to see other people (you?) add things to the wiki pages, including lists of unanswered questions that need attention

I'd probably recommend giving GnuSocial a look

gnu social is based on statusnet, no?

bing: yes

have people considered the overlap between fbx and the torouter project


imw: Yes

I was talking to ioerror, and he seems to basically consider them the same deal

look at statusnet 1.0, very different from previous versions

imw: Jacob Applebaum is on the TAC, he's one of the drivers of the torouter project IIRC.

right, that's sort of my concern

right now, we're all volunteers, and so as is always true in this context, we work on the things that interest us the most and where we see how to make some forward progress .. more help, whether on the technical bits, or how to find some large donors so that we can hire people to work on the bits that aren't very fun, would be great!

(Jacob == ioerror, for those who don't know)

And StatusNet is a FB replacement, yes?

do people see the box including tor by default?

I think it should do encryption by default, but not anonymization

Goldstein, nothing can replace facebook, with its 700Million users... statustnet has some of its features though

or both?

imw: For a certain set of problems, routing around censorship or filters becomes the same problem as anonymization.

and possible include the facilities for anonymization, if a user wants to start an anonymous session, but that should be very clearly defined

imw: I see this box as capable of anonymity, but not necessarily running all your traffic through tor by default.

vasile: cool. exactly.

excuse me - tor problems.. are there a logs of this chat>?

reed: Well I disagree, but I think that does answer my immediate question :D


imw: But by the time we get where we are going, who knows what the state of Tor will be?

vasile: true. things have been improving rapidly.


Knygar, we'll publish the logs later today

reed: thank you

I think it highly likely that an fbx reference implementation will include tor packages. it's not yet entirely clear to me how much of the functionality is turned on by default, etc

this all leads back to persistent names


bdale: and voting

I don't think we should expect folks to maintain a dns record

voting for tor or not, i mean..)

the interplay between naming, identity, authentication and social is at the heart of the backend, if you ask me

imw: oh, maybe ExpertBox's?

imw: Yes, that's the FreedomStack

imw: +1

.onions are perfect for an easy to use name that cannot be censored easily, has no overhead for the user, etc

imw: agreed

ioerror: but you've got to be running tor


as a *client*

ioerror: User unfriendliness of md5sumnames is overhead :)

imw: mdns can do name resolution without a dns server, but it seems the performance is awful on medium sized networks :s

tor as a node would be reasonable

I believe that we marked the hour allocated to the meeting, some of us may need to go to work :)

in that case

dkg's talk from Debconf has good material on this topic area for those who haven't listened to it yet

ioerror: sure, but you've still got to be running it


OK, friends, that was our hour. Bdale, any final thoughts?

ioerror: I know :)

Some of this is very reminiscent of Freenet's distributed architecture, has any of that code or thoughtwork been incorporated?

ioerror: that means that for anyone to access a service hosted on a fbx, they would have to run tor or navigate to a tor-to-web site that was set up, no?

imw: and how does any other solution solve this problkem?

imw: no

ioerror: I'm suggesting that it's not a solved problem

BTW, all the talks of DebConf that are somewhat related to FreedomBox are linked from

(sorry, was also in multiple overlapping twisty meetings, all different)

imw: i do not think anyone has proposed a protocol for interacting with names

imw: i am suggesting that the naming system is however complete with .onions

great to see the interest/enthusiasm here .. I sincerely home that some of it translates into contributions to the wiki content, and/or more specific proposals of software and configuration that we should consider for fbx .. as much as I love "just talking about things", we need to focus as much energy as we can on protocols and bits to make real progress


Is there a place to share links about design (relevant Art), discuss purpose etc ?

bdale: vasile: final question - when there would be Working Groups and how they would be..

My final thought: THANKS to everybody for participating. We'll do it again soon. I am, once again, impressed by this community's expertise and dedication to freedom.

Posted Mon Aug 15 18:36:03 2011

FreedomBox IRC-møde d. 15. aug.

FreedomBox Foundation vil være vært for en timelangt møde på IRC med administrerende direktør, James Vasile og teknisk leder Bdale Garbee d. 15. august.

Du vil få mulighed for at stille spørgsmål om projektets fremdrift, udfordringerne det står overfor og mulighederne som der bliver tappet fra.

Deltag i kanalen #freedombox på OFTC network på mandag d. 15. kl. 9AM UTC-6. Hvis du ikke er bekendt med IRC, så kan du bruge denne web-baseret IRC-ḱlient.

Opdatering: læs loggen for konversationen her.

Posted Fri Aug 12 16:36:54 2011

FreedomBox-opdatering efter DebConf

Mange hackere som er involveret i FreedomBox havde chancen for at mødes i Banja Luka ved DebConf11. Bdale Garbee holdt en tale som fremhævede status for udviklingen. Den fulde optagelse af sessionen er tilgængelig på Debians sted. Hvis du allerede kender til det grundlæggende om FreedomBox-projektet, så spring til det 33. minut for at høre den seneste udvikling og de næste skridt.

Posted Fri Aug 5 00:32:02 2011

Interessante foredrag for FreedomBox ved DebConf

Der kommer til at være en masse spændende muligheder for at lære om FreedomBox og starte med at hacke på systemet under Debians DebConf 2011, der officielt starter d. 24. juli.

Vi har valgt nogle få foredrag relateret direkte eller indirekte til FreedomBox fra det fulde program:

Alle foredragene vil blive sendt direkte og der vil altid være en direkte IRC-kanal, hvor der kan stilles spørgsmål til foredragsholderne. Hold dig til for flere detaljer, følg på

Posted Thu Jul 21 23:01:04 2011

FreedomBox opdatering

En masse mennesker har spurgt efter en opdatering, hvilket er en god indikation af, at vi er nødt til at opdatere folk oftere.

Bdale Garbee vil deltage i DebConf11. Han og Clint Adams vil afholde en hackfest. Hvis du deltager (en masse FreedomBox-personer er også Debian-udviklere), så find venligst frem til ham og stil ham hvilke som helst spørgsmål du har til boksen. Hans svar vil være gennemtænkte og måske overraskende.

Jeg deltager i ContactCon. Hvis du deltager, så giv mig besked så vi kan mødes!

Jeg er blevet fortalt smart-telelefoners top fem har været genstand for ophedet hacking. Stefano Maffulli organiserede hacking på disse ved en begivenhed for et lille fællesskab og det er begyndt at bringe nyttigt arbejde. Nu gælder det om at få kode ind på et git-sted!

Der er et klart behov for en køreplan. Overalt hvor jeg færdes, er der personer som gerne vil have en ramme at placere deres arbejde i. Den teknisk rådgivende komité grubler over denne og jeg håber vi snart vil få den. På kort sigt vil Bdale og rådgivningskomitéen arbejde på en build-udgivelse. Dette vil være et grundlæggende build-system der lægger grund placering af vores pakker. Det vil give os et fælles referencepunkt at hacke ud fra.

Postlisten er et arnested for diskussion af udviklingen.
Jonas Smedegaard er ene mand en pakkemaskine (jeg hører at han også vil deltage ved DebConf!), og det er et stort skridt. Andre projekter, som PageKite er byggeklodser som vi håber på at kunne integrere i FreedomBox snart. Udvikling i Debian-stil er kaotisk. Der er for mange ideer til at gøre brug af dem alle, men før dette er overstået, tror jeg vi vil have overvejet alle mulige kombinationer af software. Jeg håber at nogle af disse diskussioner snart vil føre til metapakker som konfigurerer kombinationer af software som fungerer godt sammen.

Når vi taler om konfiguration, så tænker vi dybt over en konfigurationsproces og model. Med de mange mulige pakkekonfigurationer, hver med sin egen metode for lagring af konfiguration og tilstand, så vil håndtering af konflikter (så vel som tilpasninger fra ekspertbrugeren foretaget uden om den normale grænseflade) blive vanskelig. Vi har nogle designideer for denne struktur, men jeg fornemmer at dette er et område hvor vi vil tage andres design til os, snarere end at opfinde noget nyt selv.

Administrativt set, så har vi sammensat organisationens elementer. Vi har en bestyrelse. I går konverterede bestyrelsen mig fra en anmasende frivillig til administrativ direktør. Jeg tror ikke at det ændrer på hvad jeg vil foretage mig, bortset fra at det tillader mig at gøre mere af det, og jeg føler mig en smule mere komfortabel med at ytre mig om hvad organisationen arbejder med.

Vi har udført en masse arbejde med Marvell og Global Scale. At hjælpe boksfabrikanter med at strømline licenskompabilitet er en stor opgave, men vi har gjort reelle fremskridt. Clint identificerede nogle dele af Dream Plug som ikke kompileret rigtig eller hvor den rigtige kilde ikke var tilgængelig. Efter nogen dialog med opstrøm, så får vi al denne kilde. Det næste skridt er at hjælpe opstrøm med at udgive denne kode på rutinemæssig vis.

Stefano og jeg har ledt efter designere af brugeroplevelse og menneskelige grænseflader, der kan hjælpe os med én af de vanskeligste dele af dette projekt. Eben Moglen, Ian Sullivan, Bdale og jeg har haft mange telefonsamtaler omkring hvordan brugeren konfigurer boksen. Vi er enige i at det kræver fornuftige standarder så vel som eksperttilstande. Vi er enige i at den skal lytte til port 80, men at den også taler med din telefon. Bortset fra dette, så er vi enige i at vi har brug for ekspertbistand.

Vi har modtaget tilbud fra hackersteder i Californien og Texas! Vi vil gerne i kontakt med så mange hackersteder som mulig. Stefano og jeg forsøger at fremstille en hackfest-i-en-boks pakke og hackersteder er de perfekte steder at placere disse pakker. Hvis du er involveret i et hackersted og kan trække nogle dygtige nørder sammen en aften, så vil jeg gerne tale med dig.

Som det sidste, så har jeg bestilt klistermærker og t-shirt, så vi endelig får disse ud til vores Kickstarter bidragsydere. Nu hvor vi ved at vi kan distribuere GPL-kompatible kasser, så kan vi også få disse ud.

Dette var opdateringen. Mere senere.

Med venlig hilsen, James Vasile

Posted Wed Jul 13 00:47:00 2011

Videnskabsmand og internetguru Yochai Benkler slutter sig til bestyrelsen for FreedomBox.

FreedomBox Foundation er glad for at meddele den seneste tiltrædelse i dets bestyrelse, jura-professor fra Harvard Yochai Benkler. Den anerkendte forsker og sociolog er forfatter af de indflyelsesrige værker Coase's Penguin og The Wealth of Networks, samt hans nyeste bog, The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Coorporation Triumphs over Self-Interest.

"Vi er glade for at have Yochai om bord. Han vil tilbyde indsigt i den vigtigste udfordring for FreedomBox, nemlig, at forstå, hvordan denne teknologi kan passes ind i folks dagligdag," siger Eben Moglen, formanden for organisationen.

FreedomBox Foundation er et non-profit projekt med missionen om at udvikle en netværksenhed og open source software, der beskytter privatliv, anonymitet og giver sikkerhed på internettet, en sag som Benkler dedikerer sig til personligt og professionelt. "FreedomBox vil ændre måden folk taler til hinanden på over internettet," siger han. "Vi giver folk kontrol over deres digitale liv ved at beskytte disse grundlæggende menneskerettigheder." Det langsigtede mål for projektet er at gøre "Frihedskasser" tilgængelige til den almindelige forbruger.

Benkler er Berkman professor ved Entrepreneurial Legal Studies på Harvard, og indgår i ledelsen af Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Siden 1990'erne har han oplyst verden om innovation og samarbejde i det digitale fællesskab samt om produktion af information og frihed i netværksøkonomien og netværkssamfundet.

Benklers bøger præget af fremadrettede tænkning og andre socialt engagerede værker, har bidraget til mange priser, inklusive Electronic Frontier Foundations Pioneer Award, Ford Foundation Visionaries Award, Public Knowledge IP3 Award og Donald McGannon Award for social og etisk relevans i forskning inden for kommunikationspolitik. Financial Times har citeret han værk som "muligvis det bedste arbejde til nu om det hastigt bevægende, entusiast-drevne internet."

Benkler slutter sig til en voksende bestyrelsegruppe af velrenommerede fri og open source software veteraner, som kan prale med at hjælpe tidligere Debian-projektleder Bdale Garbee foruden Moglen, stiftende direktør for Software Freedom Law Center. Bestyrelsesmedlemmerne, alle frivillige, spiller en aktiv rolle i teknisk udvikling, administration og fondsindsamling. Benkler har rådgivet en række nationale og internationale kommunikation og intellektuel ejendomsretslige lovgivere og politiske beslutningstagere, og hans arbejde kan læses frit på

FreedomBox Foundation blev startet af Moglen og ansatte fra Software Freedom Law Center som en organisatorisk hjem for forskellige udviklingsprojekter i fællesskabet, der allerede bygger frihedskasse-systemer. "Frihedskasser, smarte enheder hvor formålet med fremstillingen er at arbejde sammen for at facilitere fri kommunikation mellem mennesker, trygt og sikkert hævet over den stærkeste parts ambitioner om at trænge sig på, kan gøre frihed for tankevirksomhed og information en permanent, uudslettelig egenskab ved nettet som griber om vores sjæle," siger Moglen.


Kilde: FreedomBox Foundation

For immediate release
July 5, 2011
Kontakt: James Vasile, 212-461-1906,

Posted Thu Jul 7 16:15:20 2011

Eben Moglen video på Internet Evolution

Under deltagelse i Personal Democray Forum sidste uge, blev Eben interviewt af Nicole Ferraro fra Internet Evolution. Den første del af denne video, der fokuserer på definitionen af hvad FreedomBox er, er nu blevet tilgængelig på nettet her: Internet Evolution.

Flere videoer vil følge næste uge.

Posted Fri Jun 10 21:15:43 2011

Introduktion af den tekniske rådgivningskomité

Da fællesskabet til stadighed skubber FreedomBox fra idé til virkelighed, så er tiden kommet til at udvide vores tekniske ledelseshold. Vi er glade for at meddele dannelsen af en teknisk rådgivningskomité, der vil hjælpe med at koordinere og vejlede udviklingsindsatsen for dette projekt. Denne rådgivningskomité er allerde undervejs, med indledende medlemskab fra ledere i industrien, inklusive:

  • Bdale Garbee, Open source og & Linux chefteknolog ved Hewlett-Packard,

  • Jacob Appelbaum fra Tor-projektet,

  • Sam Hartmann, tidligere chefteknolog ved MIT Kerberos-konsortiet og leder af IETFs sikkerhedsområde,

  • Sascha Meinrath, leder af New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative,

  • Rob Savoye, mangeårig GNU-hacker, ledende Gnash-udvikler, samt vinder af 2010-prisen for fremme af fri software

  • Matt Zimmerman, tidligere chefteknolog hos Canonical

Vi vil høre mere fra TRK i løbet af de kommende uger og måneder. Alle som er interesseret i løbende at følge rådgivningskomitéens aktivitet, er velkomne til at gennemse de offentlige arkiver for deres e-post-lister på (listen er for TRK-medlemmer, så undlad venligst at forsøge at abonnere). Hvis du vil i kontekt med TRK'en direkte, så finder du dem i #freedombox-tac på

Posted Wed May 25 21:52:51 2011

I dag har været en stor dag for pressedækning af organisationen og en udbredelse af kendskabet til vores projekt. Vi startede dagen i NY Times med et indslag med Jim Dwyer (Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You). Om eftermiddagen var der også indslag i :

  • The Wall Street Journal (Freedom Box Needs A Good User Interface)
  • ZDNet (Freedom Box: Freeing the Internet one Server at a time)
  • techPresident (Egypt, Off Switches, and Internet Fragility)
  • The New York Observer (Debate: Will Americans Ever Own Their Own Servers?)
  • New Europe (Eben Moglen: A free world needs free software)
  • og endda ABA Journal (Law Prof Urges Work on ‘Freedom Box’ to Decentralize the Internet), a legal industry publication.

Alle disse presseindsalg, og de mange beslægtede Twitter og indlæg, rejser nogle gode pointer om det arbejde, vi har forude. Vi håber at løse mange af disse punkter i løbet af de kommende uger og måneder, da vi fortsætter med at udvikle organisationen og udvide vores offentlige aktiviteter. Til alle jer, der er interesseret, vi udsender snart nyt igen!

Posted Tue May 24 20:46:57 2011

Efter Kickstarter

Vi har gennemført vores runde med fondsindsamling med Kickstarter, og jeg vil gerne takke alle som bidrog, spredte ordet og budskabet, samt deltog i diskussionen. Det er fantastisk at se et verdensomspændende fællesskab samle sig for at støtte Frihed og udvikling af denne teknologi.

Aktuelle aktiviteter og planer

Vi søger fortsat efter et facilitator for tilknytningen til fællesskabet. Vi har række resuméer og indleder med at foretage interview. Det er en langsom proces, og flere store personligheder ansøger hver dag.

Vi fortsætter med fondsindsamling, der skal dække resten af vores budget.

Vi er startet med at brainstorme omkring en køreplan på Jeg tog resultaterne for denne sektion og kogte det ned til essentielle projektmål. Denne vil blive publiceret for en runde med hacking med fællesskabet, der vil hjælpe os med at definere hvad præcis dette projekt forsøger at nå med det brede mandat som mulighederne for FreedomBox giver.

Bdale Garbee er stille og roligt ved at indfange og gøre sig klart, hvad den store mængde af teknisk arbejde som ligger foran os består af. Når den teknisk rådgivende komité kommer i omdrejninger og en køreplan bliver klar, vil vi begynde at se rigtige fremskridt.

Jeg deltog ved Libre Planet og bruge en weekend på at vifte med FreedomBox-flaget og invitere folk til at slutte til vores stadig voksende projekt. Det var en vidunderlig weekend. Jeg vil opfordre alle til at deltage i konference for at holde lyntaler om projektet. Der er en masse at tale om og responsen vil være storslået.

Vores oversættelsehold er nu over 50 mand stærkt, og arbejder sig hurtigt gennem vores eksisterende medieside. Der er lagt en stor indsats med rank ryg og godt humør. Tak til alle som har hjulpet! Ønsker du at slutte dig til morskaben, så meld dig til vores oversættelsesliste og introducér dig selv.

Vi planlægger at danne flere hold omkring ikke-tekniske aspekter af dette projekt. Disse hold vil håndtere dokumentation, brugersupport, kontakt med offentligheden, konferencer og lignende.

Design af t-shirts

Én af de ting vi tilbød Kickstart-bidgragsydere var en t-shirt. Vi efterlyser derfor design af t-shirts. Temaet for t-shirten er investor-engle. Det ville være godt at inddrage vores logo, der blev designet af Luka Marčetić.

Det valgte design vil blive trykt på t-shirt som vi giver til bidragsydere. Hvis dit design bliver valgt, vil vi naturligvis dække din indsats med taksigelser og sikre at du også får en t-shirt. Jeg vil også købe en øl til dig næste gang vi mødes.

Send design i et frit filformat til før 15. april. Vektorgrafik foretrækkes.

Bliv involveret!

Endnu en gang tak til alle som er involverede og interesserede i dette projekt! Jeres støtte sørger for at det fungerer. Hvis du ønsker en mere interaktiv diskussion end denne annoncering, så tilmeld dig vores [udviklingsliste] eller slut dig til os i #freedombox på

Med venlig hilsen, James

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Open source veteranen Bdale Garbee slutter sig til bestyrelsen for FreedomBox Foundation

NEW YORK, March 10, 2011-- The FreedomBox Foundation, based here, today announced that Bdale Garbee has agreed to join the Foundation's board of directors and chair its technical advisory committee. In that role, he will coordinate development of the FreedomBox and its software.

Garbee er en mangeårig leder og udvikler i fællesskabet for fri software. Han fungerer som chefteknolog for open source og Linux hos Hewlett Packard, er formand Debians tekniske komite, og er præsident for software i organisationen Public Interest, den velgørende organisation som tilbyder finansielle sponsorater for Debian GNU/Linux-distributionen og andre projekter. I 2002 fungerede han som projektleder for Debian.

"Bdale har excelleret som en udvikler og leder i fællesskabet for fri software. Han er den helt rette person til at lede den tekniske arkitektur for FreedomBox," udtalte Eben Moglen, leder af FreedomBox Foundation.

"Jeg er begejstret for at arbejde på dette projekt, der har sådan et entusiastisk fællesskab," sagde Garbee. "I det lange løb, kan dette vise sig at være den vigtigste opgave jeg udfører lige nu."

The Foundation's formation was announced in Brussels on February 4, and it is actively seeking funds; it recently raised more than $80,000 in less than fifteen days on Kickstarter.

Om FreedomBox Foundation

FreedomBox-projektet er en indsats for fri software, der vil distribuere maskiner som lader brugerne tage kontrol over deres privatliv, anonymitet og sikkerhed overfor regeringers censur, kommerciel overvågning og indtrængende internetudbydere.

Eben Moglen er professor i jura ved Columbia University Law School og ledende initiativtager til FreedomBox Foundation, en velgørende organisation placeret i Delaware. Organisationen er undervejs med at søge om status som 501(c)(3). Dets mission er at fremme skabelsen og verdensomspændende distribution af FrihedsKasser.

For yderligere information, kontakt Ian Sullivan på eller se

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FreedomBox Foundation er netop i begyndelsen af ​​vores bestræbelser på at samarbejde med et verdensomspændende fællesskab. Vi er nødt til at tale med alle, overalt, på deres modersmål. Det er derfor, vi bygger oversættelse ind i projektet fra begyndelsen.

Da de fleste af vores materialer lægger ud med en video, så er det første skridt mod oversættelse en transskription. Hvis du taler engelsk og ønsker at hjælpe med at sprede budskabet til et bredere publikum, skal du kigge forbi undertekst-siden for at se, hvilket materielle som kræver transskription.

Hvis du taler andre sprog ud over engelsk, har vi brug for din hjælp i vores oversættelseshold. Vi organiserer sprogbaserede grupper til at samarbejde om oversættelser af høj kvalitet for projektets materialer, både de transskriberede videoer og de forskellige web-sider og nyheder på organisationens hjemmeside. Hvis du er interesseret, kan du skrive til eller kigge forbi oversæt-siden for flere detaljer.

We'll provide mailing lists and other communication tools to help make collaboration as easy as possible but we can't do this without your help.

Så skriv til FreedomBox Foundation på Fortæl os, hvilket sprog, du kan hjælpe med. Vi sammensætter holdene.

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Processen med at komme fra idé til en organisation og fra organisation til levende, åndende, fungerende virkelighed kan være lang og vanskelig. Det har taget organisationen næsten et helt år til at gå fra idé til organisation, og arrangementer rundt om i verden gør det klart, at vi kan ikke vente endnu et år, før det bliver frihed kasser ud af det tekniske design bestyrelse og ind i folks liv. Så vi gør et forsøg og forsøger at komme fra start via en stor indsats via [Kickstarter] (

Vi kalder det "Push the FreedomBox Foundation from 0 to 60 in 30 days" og vi beder om din hjælp for netop dette.

Eben har anslået, at arbejdet med at samle alle de softwarekomponenter er som nødvendige for en frihedskasse sammen og bygge dem ind i ét system kan gøres med $ 500.000. Vi forsøger ikke at skaffe alle de penge her. Vi skal bare have nok midler til at komme i gang, og at demonstrere størrelsen af og beslutsomheden i vores samfund. Det er den bedste motivation for alle involverede i projektet, og belønningen fra kickstarter-anmodningen er ret sej, så tjek den ud.

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Sådan gør vi det

I want to thank all the generous and dedicated contributors who made our Kickstarter "0 to 60 in 30 days" campaign a resounding success. More than 1,000 contributors took us from 0 to almost 90 in those 30 days, and we are grateful to each of your for your support. We will do our best to justify your confidence.

Jeres donationer vil tillade os at begynde med at koordinere bidrag fra frivillige fra hvert hjørne af den fri verden. Sammen vil vi arbejde for at gøre vores delte vision til en realitet.

Vores foretageende er stort med mange bevægelige dele. Vi fra FreedomBox Foundation er her for at hjælpe med at kommunikere, facilitere og sprede FreedomBox-projektet til hele verden. Vi planlægger at administrere indsatsen baseret på fire organisatoriske søjler:

  1. Funktionel softwareudvikling og integration;
  2. Design af brugeroplevelse, implementering og integration;
  3. Kommunikation og indsamling af fondsmidler; samt
  4. Tilknytning til industrien

Hver af disse søjler vil blive ledet af en rådgivende komité, hvor alle aktiviteter koordineres af en lille mandskab ansat på fuld tid hos FreedomBox Foundation.

Medlemskaber i rådgivende komitéer vil udvikle sig, i takt med at udviklere og andre som binder sig tungt til projektet træder til. Indledende nomineringer som afspejler tidlig binding fra ledere i vores fællesskab vil blive annonceret inden længe. Bdale og jeg er begyndt at kontakte de første medlemmer af den teknisk rådgivende komité som Bdale vil være formand for. Når den er sammensat, så vil komitéens første aktivitet være at lede den offentlige udarbejdelse af en indledende køreplan for udviklingen.

Flere annonceringer vedrørende proces og køreplan vil fremkomme her inden længe. I tillæg til vores finansielle bidragsydere, så vil jeg takke wiki-redaktørne og skribenterne på postlisterne som har bidraget med så mange gode ideer og så meget positiv energi til at igangsætte dette eventyr sammen.

Eben Moglen

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Organisationen FreedomBox Foundation tager skridt til at få dette projekt solidt på fødderne. Første skridt er etablere en dialog i fællesskabet som kan styre dette projekt til succes. Til dette formål hyrer vi en facilitator til at styrke fællesskabets kontaktflader. Sørg venligst for at denne annonce når de rigtige personer.

FreedomBox Foundation søger en motiveret, talentfuld, frihedsbesat individ til at facilitere fællesskabet og pressekontakterne for FreedomBox-projektet. Ansvarsområder vil inkludere koordinering af kontakt til offentlighed og presse, organisering af projektbegivenheder, håndtere vores tilstedeværelse i sociale netværk, samt vedvarende kommunikation via beskedtjenester.

Tidligere erfaring med håndtering af relationer for fællesskaber, journalistisk eller PR er fint, særligt i fri software fællesskabet. Tidligere erfaring med sociale medier foretrækkes kraftigt, og vi opfordrer dig til at indsende profil eller andre kontonavne, så vi kan se dit tidligere arbejde i mediet og dine evner med nuværende værktøjer. Hvis FreedomBox er den allermest vigtige ting som du ønsker at bruge din tid på lige nu, så er du personen vi ønsker at tale med.

For at maksimere effektivitet og finansielle ressourcer, så vil en succesfuld kandidat arbejde med (og blive betalt af) både FreedomBox Foundation og Software Freedom Law Center.

Please send resumes in an open file format (plain text preferred) to Salary will depend on experience and time commitment.

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Libre Planet opfølgning

Jeg deltog ved Libre Planet i Boston denne weekend, med et mål om at fortælle om FreedomBox til nogle, der ville lytte. Jeg gav en lyntale for at lade folk vide at det eksisterer, og blev overdænget med interessede bagefter ude på gangen. Som forventet har FSF-folkene en masse gode ideer, ikke kun om, hvordan man kan gennemføre FreedomBox, men om hvordan man organiserer et projekt af dette omfang.

Snesevis af mennesker udtrykte interesse for frivilligt arbejde. Jeg håber at se dem i IRC og e-post-diskussionen snart. Rob Savoy er, i særdeleshed, en fascinerende person, der kunne lære os alle en ting eller to om udvikling.

Jeg fik banet dele af vejen til at etablere faciliteter for telekonference for FreedomBox Foundation. IRC er glimrende, men vi får brug for telefonmøder med flere deltagere undervejs. Jeg føjede et punkt på min opgaveliste, der skal sikre at vi kan optage opkald så vi har logregistrering når det passer sig.

Jeg fik særligt talt med nogle gamle fri software hackere, den hårde kerne af hackere med erfaring i at gennemføre ambitiøse projekter. Jeg tror jeg fik overbevist nogle af dem om, at dette projekt er det rette sted at lægge energien og at vi snart vil se dem i aktion.

Jeg inviterede en kvinde til projektet, der havde længerevarende erfaring med at forbedre de fællesskaber hun indgår i. Hun er overbebyrdet i de kommende måneder, men jeg har planlagt at følge op i forhold til hende.

Jeg talte med adskillige personer som arbejde på OLPC eller OpenMoko, andre større projekter som har en del ligheder med FreedomBox. Jeg fik nogle interessante og ærlige synspunkter om hvad som gik godt og skidt i disse projekter. Nogle meningstilkendegivelser er værd at bringe videre:

  • Først, OLPC fik ikke testet grænsefladen hos slutbrugere tidligt nok. Jeg talte med flere som mente dette burde være sket tidligere. FreedomBox bør involvere målgruppen af slutbrugere tidligt i designprocessen.

  • For det andet, OLPC havde ufatteligt ambitiøse krav som løb fra én del af projektet til en anden. Kravet om at brugerfladens anvendelighed for ikke-trænede brugere, drev en masse af det innovative design, men gjorde nogle opgaver ganske svære.

  • Som det tredje, OpenMoko-folkene brugte en masse tid på at oprette en distribution - pakning og genkompilering af alle disse Debian-pakker for deres platform. Det forbrugte en masse ressourcer og arkiverne var aldrig komplette. FreedomBox bør ikke være en Debian-baseret distribution, i så høj grad som en Debian-baseret projekt, der afhænger af en lang række pakker som allerede eksisterer.

Trådnet er vanskelige. Ingen af de jeg mødte kendte nogen, der havde fået helt styr på trådnetsbaserede netværker. Jeg kommer snart til at skulle samle alle trådnetsfolkene sammen, for en reel diskussion, for at se om vi kan arbejde mod en anbefaling af den mest lovende vej frem.

Michael Stone henviste mig til Heilmeyer's Catechism. Dette er nogle gode spørgsmål.

Stor tak til Matt Lee fra FSF for at have afholdt en glimrende konference. Tak til Deb Nicholson for logi og for at slæbe mig rundt i byen. Hun har glimrende ideer til hvordan der tiltrækkes flere personer til FreedomBox.

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Jeg er glad for at meddele, at vores indsamlingsside hos Kickstarter "Push the FreedomBox Foundation from 0 to 60 in 30 days" netop har nået $60,000, 25 dage før tid! Donationen som bragte os over grænsen kom fra Blaine Cook, den tidligere hovedarkitekt for twitter, hvilket er en pæn tilkendegivelse af tillid, men vi gerne bruge et øjeblik på at sende tak til alle de som hjalp med at bidrage til at give os dette store momentum, og opfordre alle andre til at kigge forbi.

Vi er blevet beæret over omfanget af støtten til projektet, og den interesse, folk fra lokalsamfund rundt omkring i verden har vist. Der er masser af arbejde forude, og det er en stor følelse at vide, hvor mange mennesker der presser på sammen med os. På dette tidspunkt, så hold øje for mere information om projektets organisation og umiddelbare planer her. Dette og andre ofte stillede spørgsmål bør være tilgængelig på fondens hjemmeside senere i dag.

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