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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:

https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ReleaseNotes

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:

https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ReleaseNotes

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:

https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Contributors

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 15:21:49 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 16:58:52 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:

http://ftp.skolelinux.org/pub/freedombox/0.7/

Before using, you should verify the image's signature. See https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Download for further instructions.

Thanks to all who helped to put this release together.

More information on this release is available on the wiki:

https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ReleaseNotes

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: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/freedombox-discuss/

  • IRC: irc://irc.debian.org/freedombox

  • Calls: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ProgressCalls

Posted Sun Dec 20 16:33:36 2015

Freedombox 0.6 Released!

October 31, 2015

Hello,

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: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/freedombox-discuss/

  • IRC: irc://irc.debian.org/freedombox

  • Calls: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ProgressCalls

The FreedomBox version 0.6 is available here:

http://ftp.skolelinux.org/pub/freedombox/0.6/

Before using, you should verify the image's signature, see https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Download for further instructions:

$ gpg --keyserver hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net --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@medhas.org>
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:

https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ReleaseNotes

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.

Nick

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 freedomboxfoundation.org to let us know you are coming so we can be sure to order enough food and caffeine email.

Posted Mon Oct 19 16:07:24 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:

http://ftp.skolelinux.org/pub/freedombox/0.5/

Before using, you should verify the image's signature, see https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Download for further instructions:

$ gpg --keyserver hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net --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@medhas.org>
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:

https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ReleaseNotes

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: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/freedombox-discuss/

  • IRC: irc://irc.debian.org/freedombox

  • Calls: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ProgressCalls

Posted Tue Aug 11 03:14:42 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:

http://ftp.skolelinux.org/pub/freedombox/0.3/

Before using, you should verify the image's signature, see https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Download for further instructions:

$ gpg --keyserver hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net --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:

https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ReleaseNotes

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: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/freedombox-discuss/

  • IRC: irc://irc.debian.org/freedombox

  • Calls: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ProgressCalls

Happy hacking, Nick

Posted Mon Feb 2 19:34:23 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 http://www.oftc.net/), 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 21:09:44 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](https://www.eff.org/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 freedomboxfoundation.org (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 15:23:30 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 openitp.org 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 openitp.org) 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 16:56:29 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)[http://freedomboxfoundations.org]. 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.

Neruda

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 bit.ly 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

Nous allons faire une hackfest et vous devriez nous rejoindre!

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
  • Améliorer la documentation
  • mettre la box en mode routeur sans fil
  • 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 join@freedomboxfoundation.org. 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

Enhanced Privacy and Security for Web Browsing

One thing many people agree the FreedomBox should do is web filtering for privacy and ad-removal. Toward that end, the FreedomBox will act as a web proxy to clean up and protect web traffic.

We have a first draft version of privoxy up on git. It upgrades your web traffic to prefer ssl encryption whereever it can. It also strips tracking software from web pages to give you greater privacy and anonymity as you surf.

If you are a privoxy user, please do give this package a test run and report any problems on the issue tracker. We are working on upstreaming these changes to the privoxy project, and in the mean time, you can make a debian package quite easily from the git repository.

Further work will include writing a script to test all the https-everywhere rules and discard the ones that are broken. As well as one to periodically check for new regexes. Anybody who wants to contribute to writing that is welcome to jump on in!

More details about this part of FreedomBox can be found on our code page.

Posted Tue Jan 17 14:58:32 2012

FreedomBox Wins Ashoka Changemakers Competition

The FreedomBox Foundation has won the Ashoka Changemakers Competition in the "Citizen Media" Category! This event was decided by a public vote, which means it was your help that pushed us over the top. Thank you to everybody who voted and helped spread the word. This community continues to work together in amazing ways.

Ashoka will award us $5,000, which we will use to fund further development of the FreedomBox. One of our goals is raising awareness of the need for privacy-respecting technology, and participating in the competition allowed us to present the FreedomBox to a lot of people who had never heard of it before. On that basis alone, this competition was worthwhile for the FreedomBox.

Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists. Ashoka spotlighted many good projects working toward freedom and open access to communications technology. FreedomBox will surely cross paths with those projects again.

Posted Tue Nov 29 15:05:44 2011

Vote for FreedomBox in Ashoka Changemaker's Competition

The FreedomBox has made it to the final round in Ashoka's Changemakers competition and now things will come down to a public vote! We already won the Early Entrant's prize when we first put in our application. And a strong showing in the voting would put the project in a strong position for a Fellowship that would fund significant project work. Please take a moment to [vote for us](http://www.changemakers.com/citizenmedia?utm_source=contacts-enthus&utm_medium=email-others&utm_content=vote&utm_campaign=citizenmedia)! (Scroll all the way down.) Signup might be required, though they've assured me they won't spam you. If you're on Facebook, You can also [vote via your Facebook account](https://apps.facebook.com/changemakers/citizenmedia), which is easier, faster and fraught with privacy implications. And please spread the word. A few moments of help could mean a lot to moving this project forward.
Posted Mon Nov 14 19:10:39 2011

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Qu'est-ce qu'un réseau social distribué ?

J David Eisenberg a créé une excellente BD introduction aux réseaux sociaux distribués. Pour quiconque n'est pas vraiment sur des raisons pour lesquelles la FreedomBox est importante, c'est une explication amusante et pas trop technique.

Posted Mon Nov 7 00:59:22 2011

Elevate et ContactCon

James Vasile attended Douglas Rushkoff's ContactCon to promote the FreedomBox. Thanks to Douglas Rushkoff and Venessa Miemis for inviting us to present and producing the event! My talk there was The FreedomBox in 4 Minutes. He didn't just go to talk, the FreedomBox project won a prize at ContactCon, too! We'll have a full announcement about that soon.

James headed straight from ContactCon to Austria's Elevate festival. While there, he hopped over to MAMA/Hacklab in Zagreb and also presented the FreedomBox in Ljubljana. Elevate was packed with great technology, media and arts events. Many thanks to Daniel Erlacher for the invitation and to Elevate for their donation to the FreedomBox Foundation. James's Elevate talk was called Freedom Out of the Box.

Posted Fri Nov 4 18:45:36 2011

FreedomBox at LinuxConf North America

FreedomBox Foundation's founder Eben Moglen and Tech Leader Bdale Garbee will be attending the next Linux Conference North America in Vancouver, Aug 17-19. This year's edition marks the 20th anniversary of Linux kernel, a major milestone for the community.

Bdale Garbee will speak on Wed Aug 17th at 3pm in Plaza B.

  • Freedom, Out of the Box! by Bdale Garbee
    a status update on the development of "FreedomBox", a personal server running a free software operating system and free applications, designed to create and preserve personal privacy by providing a secure platform upon which federated social networks can be constructed.

Prof. Eben Moglen will speak at the panel 20 years of Linux right after Bdale's speech and he will available also during other social events. Follow us on identi.ca/twitter to get last minute announcements.

Posted Tue Aug 16 00:43:12 2011

IRC Chatlog 2011-08-15 15:00UTC


<vasile> Welcome, everybody, to the scheduled Q&A with Bdale Garbee and me. We're here for an hour to answer questions and discuss the FreedomBox. So pipe up with questions and we'll try to give the best answers we have.

<bdale> naif: http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox

<vasile> I'll start with a question of my own for bdale: How are things going with the first release?

<vasile> Goldstein: I've asked Eben's external human memory storage (aka Ian Sullivan) and hope to have an answer for you shortly.

<reed> naif, and http://freedomboxfoundation.org/discuss/

<bdale> we're on the cusp of putting out a "developer image" for the DreamPlug that is a relatively simple Debian base image with essential build tools .. I had hoped to have it out by this morning but unfortunately day job and family reduced my available time the last few days

<naif> subscribed!

<vasile> Goldstein: @eben> It's a class of Comp Priv Const at Columbia on the death of the fourth amendment. Audio should be available at the CPC website. Ian is with me at the moment, but we can find it for you shortly.

<laziac> has the required u-boot code been merged upstream yet?

<bdale> the initial dev image can be installed and used with the factory-provided u-boot

<gbastien> bdale: will this image require specific hardware to run?

<bdale> the two features we "want" that aren't in that image are the ability to boot from an ext filesystem, so you have to maintain a small fat partition for the kernel .. and the ability to execute a script read from the filesystem so that we don't have to hard-code versioned filenames in the flash or maintain symlinks on the filesystem, but neither are immediate needs for dev work

<bdale> gbastien: the image in question is specifically for the Globalscale DreamPlug .. however, note that *any* Debian system can be used for development work other than assessing performance on a plug computer or working on hardware-specific enablement code

<vasile> bdale: You, Eben and I have talked about a first feature release. Any ideas on what that might look like and how we get from here to there?

<bdale> the plan is that we'll add additional software packages and configuration, re-spinning the install images as we add functionality

<bdale> there are three major areas I think we need to focus effort on soon

<bdale> the first is deciding on an approach for a configuration user interface .. we're more or less in concensus that the user interface should be a web ui, and we'd like to use as much of the existing Debian package configuration mechanics as we can on the bottom

<Knygar> bdale: Web UI and XMPP chat?

<bdale> the second is fleshing out the connections between openpgp keys and the identity and trust elements of the software we want to use .. starting with monkeysphere and growing out from there

<jdeisenberg> Will I be able to run the software on a normal desktop/netbook from a USB stick?

<bdale> the third is building a core XMPP stack .. as Knygar says, the likely starting place there is XMPP chat, though once we have a base in place, a fairly rich set of connectivity services open up quickly

<reed> jdeisenberg, with all software in FreedomBox packaged for Debian, I guess you will

<bdale> jdeisenberg: our focus to date has been on getting a reference implementation together for ARM-based plug servers, but turning that into an x86 virtualization image or a Debian Live cd/dvd/usbstick image featuring a similar package set wouldn't be hard for someone to do

<silver_hook> Is there a list (e.g. on a EtherPad or Wiki) of things that are to be decided upon?

<bdale> the work liw did on vmdebootstrap should be easy to fold into our freedom-maker tool, for example, to emit x86 virtualization images at the same time we emit dreamplug bits

<bdale> silver_hook: there's an evolving set of pages in the wiki, but I don't think there's anything so crisp as a "list of things to be decided upon" right now

<silver_hook> bdale: I was thinking more in lines of the agenda for today's meeting.

* silver_hook is now known as hook

<bdale> vasile: so back to your original question, I think the first 'feature release' will be the addition of an XMPP server and web-oriented XMPP chat client

<vasile> bdale: Excellent. And are you still leaning toward ejabberd?

<bdale> hook: oic, the plan for today's meeting was "town hall" style Q&A

* hook changes his nick ...much better now :]

<bdale> vasile: probably .. jonas was in the lead on that at Debconf, I don't see him on channel this morning, though

<hook> bdale: OK, got it :)

* HerraBRE is now known as BjarniRunar

<jdeisenberg> At the moment, I have a Sheevaplug; will the software work on that? and, in regards to the dreamplug, have the people who make it solved the overheating problem?

<laziac> is the dreamplug hardware completely supported by debian? i received mine last weekend and lots of stuff by default is done outside the package management system (firmware, custom kernel, etc.)

<bdale> 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

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

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

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

<vasile> 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.

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

<bdale> 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

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

<Knygar> @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

<bdale> 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.

<Knygar> @bdale XMPP chat :)

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

<Knygar> @bdale it would be at least fun, i promise

<bdale> 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.

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

<Knygar> ?

<vasile> 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?

<bdale> 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

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

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

<dogstar> Can/will email be done via XMPP?

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

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

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

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

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

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

<Knygar> @hook kind of

<hook> Knygar: Why?

<hook> (that's a serious question)

<Knygar> @hook it is more like coordinate

<imw> (hello all, sorry I'm late)

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

<hook> http://openusability.org/

<Knygar> i'v thought FNF is kind of

<imw> whoa... what about the FNF?

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

<vasile> Thanks.

<bdale> 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

<vasile> Agreed.

<Francois_April> 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

<imw> yeah... xmpp can handle messaging

<imw> what about rsync?

<hook> vasile: Sure thing :)

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

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

<BjarniRunar> 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.

<bdale> Francois_April: what do you mean by 'sync'?

<vasile> reed: Agreed.

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

<Francois_April> bdale, something like "dropbox"

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

<Francois_April> BjarniRunar, I agree

<imw> @knygar FNF just wants to help people build their own infrastructure, and sees this as a vehicle

<Goldstein> http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/CPC appears to be fresh as of April 2006

<hook> Francois_April: There's ownCloud and SparkleShare.

<guillemin> 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 ?

<reed> 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

<bdale> 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

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

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

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

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

<hook> Could you clarify that please?

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

<hook> ...then maybe I can get an idea.

<reed> hook, the FreedomBox Foundation already exists

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

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

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

<imw> is Jonas here?

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

<joncamfield> why not just a decent rsync setup for syncing?

<hook> Francois_April: Good point. OwnCloud sounds promising though.

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

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

<imw> fauno: redeslibres is great

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

<imw> fauno:plus funkfeuer and freifunk

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

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

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

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

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

<bdale> 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

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

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

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

<bdale> jdeisenberg: not that I'm aware of

<hook> 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)

<bdale> reed: I haven't (yet)

<imw> @jdeisenberg nah. he's hard at work though.

<Francois_April> hook, OK. i'll do

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

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

<Knygar> "OwnCloud sounds promising though" +1

<guillemin> 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.

<imw> reed: I talked with the buddycloud folks at CCC

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

<bdale> imw: right .. anything interesting to report?

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

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

<hook> ?

<hook> (FBX = FreedomBox, right?)

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

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

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

<Knygar> @imw brave idea

<fauno> 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?

<Knygar> @hook yes

<vasile> 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.

<fiftyfour> hook , Yes FBX = Freedombox

<imw> 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

<reed> fauno, where is 'down here'?

<Goldstein> Knygar: you address ppl like so on irc

<Knygar> @imw that is for XMPP

<vasile> 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.

<fauno> reed: south americe

<fiftyfour> imw, what is forward?

<bdale> imw: any interesting news from the buddycloud folks?

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

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

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

<fauno> reed: south america*

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

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

<dogstar> vasile: What is the state of funding for the foundation?

<bdale> 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

<Knygar> @hook and Tahoe and Camlistore and etc. in various degree

<jdeisenberg> 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

<Goldstein> Ugh

<Goldstein> ok, /ignore time

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

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

<guillemin> vasile: thanks for clarification.

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

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

<imw> 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

<vasile> 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.

<vasile> guillemin: My pleasure.

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

<Knygar> @hook yes, but they evolve , maybe WebDAV

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

<Knygar> :hook at least

<BjarniRunar> bdale: Free Network Foundation, I think.

<imw> fiftyfour: your fbx could fetch your messages from your old mailserver

<imw> bdale: Free Network Foundation, sorry bout that

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

<Knygar> :vasile are there another platforms, besides Changemakers?

<hook> Having migrators on the FBX IMHO should be a must.

<Knygar> :vasile planned

<bdale> 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

<imw> knygar: the colon goes at the end, silly

<Knygar> :hook +1

<vasile> Knygar: I'm currently finishing up an nl.net proposal.

<Knygar> :hook for migrators

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

<imw> bdale: totally agree re:mail

<hook> and s/FaceBook/any_cloud_service

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

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

<Knygar> :bdale +1 for research

<laziac> hook: https://github.com/LockerProject/Locker could be useful for that

<hook> ...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.

<vasile> 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.

<Knygar> :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

<vasile> hook: sounds like a hackfest idea

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

<bdale> 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]

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

<imw> hook: nice idea

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

<reed> bdale, agreed, email can be bad

<BjarniRunar> 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.

<hook> Does FBX already have a groupware solution?

<fauno> BjarniRunar: gnu anubis can do that iirc

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

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

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

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

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

<imw> hook: what do you mean by groupware?

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

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

<bdale> 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

<imw> we need to talk about naming, as well

<hook> 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.

<Knygar> hook: maybe

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

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

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

<Knygar> imw: yes

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

<imw> I think we should focus on core functionality, for now

<bdale> 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

<hook> 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.

<imw> bdale: cool. sorry I missed the beginning of the chat.

<guillemin> 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.

<vasile> 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.

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

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

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

<bdale> 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

<Knygar> imw: interplay, yes

<imw> vasile: the key is not to scale, but to federate

<Seniorexpat> Is anyone else besides me and Jonas coming to Brussels for this? http://epfsug.eu/content/epfsug-invites-freedombox

<Knygar> imw: and between social networking

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

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

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

<imw> 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

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

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

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

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

<Knygar> imw: or from other parts..

<imw> knygar: delivered energy is an inverse square to distance,

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

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

<imw> bdale: whats radicale?

<imw> vasile: a topic for research, certainly

<vasile> imw: http://radicale.org/

<bdale> a simple calendar server using caldav

<imw> i love this!

<vasile> imw: Certainly.

<imw> bdale: thanks

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

<hook> vasile: Radicale seems cute'n'nifty :]

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

<vasile> 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.

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

<Seniorexpat> Is anyone else besides me and Jonas coming to Brussels for this? http://epfsug.eu/content/epfsug-invites-freedombox

<imw> 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

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

<vasile> 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.

<imw> vasile: why is that?

<bdale> 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

<fiftyfour> Is email excluded?

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

<vasile> 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.

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

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

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

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

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

<bdale> 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"

<vasile> hook: Search is expensive.

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

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

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

<imw> *dreamplugs

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

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

<bdale> gbastien: the best starting point today is to grab some hardware that can run Debian, and start playing with the daemons mentioned in http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/LeavingTheCloud and/or here

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

<fiftyfour> bdale, is Email excluded?

<reed> hook, http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/freedombox-discuss/2010-October/000191.html and around that

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

<hook> reed: Thanks :)

<imw> *distribute

<BjarniRunar> 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.

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

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

<gbastien> 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

<bdale> 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

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

<imw> vasile: cool. =)

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

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

<vasile> 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.

<imw> bjarnirunar: true. we've got to get work.

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

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

<imw> bdale: swell

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

<BjarniRunar> 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. :-)

<laziac> 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?

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

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

<bdale> 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...

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

<reed> Goldstein, statusNet is a good start

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

<imw> bjarnirunar: =)

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

<Goldstein> I'd probably recommend giving GnuSocial a look

<bing> gnu social is based on statusnet, no?

<fauno> bing: yes

<imw> have people considered the overlap between fbx and the torouter project

<Goldstein> Dunno

<vasile> imw: Yes

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

<reed> look at statusnet 1.0, very different from previous versions

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

<imw> right, that's sort of my concern

<bdale> 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!

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

<Goldstein> And StatusNet is a FB replacement, yes?

<imw> do people see the box including tor by default?

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

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

<Goldstein> or both?

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

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

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

<imw> vasile: cool. exactly.

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

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

<imw> haha

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

<imw> vasile: true. things have been improving rapidly.

<vasile> yep.

<reed> Knygar, we'll publish the logs later today

<Knygar> reed: thank you

<bdale> 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

<imw> this all leads back to persistent names

<vasile> right

<Knygar> bdale: and voting

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

<Knygar> voting for tor or not, i mean..)

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

<Knygar> imw: oh, maybe ExpertBox's?

<vasile> imw: Yes, that's the FreedomStack

<Knygar> imw: +1

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

<bdale> imw: agreed

<imw> ioerror: but you've got to be running tor

<ioerror> yep

<ioerror> as a *client*

<BjarniRunar> ioerror: User unfriendliness of md5sumnames is overhead :)

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

<Knygar> tor as a node would be reasonable

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

<Knygar> in that case

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

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

<ioerror> BjarniRunar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zooko's_triangle

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

<BjarniRunar> ioerror: I know :)

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

<imw> 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?

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

<ioerror> imw: no

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

<reed> BTW, all the talks of DebConf that are somewhat related to FreedomBox are linked from http://www.freedomboxfoundation.org/news/FreedomBox_at_DebConf2011/index.en.html

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

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

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

<bdale> 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

<bdale> s/home/hope

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

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

<vasile> 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 meeting on Aug 15

FreedomBox Foundation will host a one hour meeting on IRC with executive director James Vasile and tech leader Bdale Garbee on August 15th.

You'll be able to ask questions about the advancement of the project, the challenges it is facing and the opportunities that are being tapped.

Join the channel #freedombox on OFTC network on Monday the 15th at 9AM UTC-6. If you're not familiar with IRC you can use this web-based IRC client.

Mise à jour: lire le journal des discussions.

Posted Fri Aug 12 16:36:54 2011

\n# Mise à jour de FreeDomBox après la DebConf

Many hackers involved in FreedomBox had the chance to meet in Banja Luka at DebConf11. Bdale Garbee gave a speech highlighting the status of the development. The full recording of the session is available on Debian's site. If you already know the basic of FreedomBox project, skip to minute 33 to hear the latest development and the next steps.

Posted Fri Aug 5 00:32:02 2011

discussions intéressantes au sujet de la FreedomBox au DebConf

Il va y avoir beaucoup d'occasions intéressantes, d'apprendre a propos de FreedomBox, et de commencer à bidouiller sur le système pendant DebConf Debian 2011, commençant officiellement le 24 Juillet.

Nous avons sélectionné quelques discussions liées directement ou indirectement à la FreedomBox avec un agenda bien rempli:

Toutes les conférences seront diffusées en direct et il y aura toujours un canal IRC en direct pour poser des questions aux conférenciers. Restez branchés pour plus de détails, suivez @freedomboxfndn sur Identi.ca.

Posted Thu Jul 21 23:01:03 2011

Mise a jour Freedombox.

Beaucoup de gens ont demandé une mise à jour, ce qui est une bonne indication du fait que nous avons besoin de tenir les gens au courant plus souvent.

Bdale Garbee sera a la DebConf11. Lui et Clint Adams dirigeront une hackfest. si vous y serez (beaucoup de FreedomBoxers sont aussi développeurs Debian), merci de le traquer et de lui poser toutes les questions que vous avez a propos de la boîte. Ses réponses seront réfléchies et peut être surprenantes.

Je serai à ContactCon . Si vous y allez, s'il vous plaît faites le moi savoir afin que nous puissions nous rencontrer !

J'entend dire que le top 5 des smartphones a été le sujet de quelques fiévreux hacking. Stefano Maffulli a organisé des évènements de hacking sur une petite communauté et commence a produire un travail utile. Reste a placer ce code a un endroit confortable!

The need for a roadmap is clear. Everywhere I go people want a framework into which they can start putting their work. The TAC is pondering that and I hope we will have it shortly. In the short term, Bdale and the TAC are working on a build release. This will be a basic build system on top of which we can start putting packages. It will give us all a common reference point to hack from.

La liste de diffusion est une mine de discussion sur le developpement. Jonas Smedegaard est un générateur de paquet humain (J'ai entendu qu'il serait aussi à la DebConf!), et c'est un grand progrès. D'autres projets, comme PageKite sont des outils de génration de paquet que nous espérons intégrer bientôt dans FreedomBox. Le développement façon Debian est chaotique. Il y a trop d'idées pour toutes les prendre mais avant que ce soit fini, je pense que nous aurons pris en compte toutes les combinaisons de logiciel. J'ai espoir que rapidement certaines de ces discussion vont aboutir dans la création de méta paquets qui configureront des combinaisons de logiciels pour fonctionner en harmonie.

Parlant de la configuration, nous pensons sérieusement à un processus et un modèle de configuration. Avec les nombreuses configurations possibles, chacun avec sa propre méthode de gestion et de stockage, la gestion des conflits de configuration, (ainsi que les modifications d'utilisateurs experts en dehors de l'interface normale) seront difficiles. Nous avons quelques idées de design pour cette structure, mais je sens que c'est un domaine où nous allons adopter la conception de quelqu'un d'autre plutôt que d'inventer quelque chose de nouveau.

Administrativement, nous avons assemblé les pièces de la Fondation. Nous avons un conseil. Hier, le conseil m'a converti , me passant d'un bénévole présomptueux au rang de Directeur exécutif. Je ne pense pas que cela changera ce que je vais faire, sauf que cela me permet de faire plus , et je me sent un peu plus confortable a faire des points sur ce que la fondation est prête a faire.

We have done a lot of work with Marvell and Global Scale. Helping the box manufacturers streamline license compliance is a big task, but we've been making real progress. Clint identified some parts of the Dream Plug that didn't build properly or for which the true source wasn't available. After some dialog with upstream, we're getting all that source. The next step is helping upstream publish that code in a routine way.

Stefano and I have been searching for UX and human interface designers who might help us with one of the most difficult parts of this project. Eben Moglen, Ian Sullivan, Bdale and I have had many phone conversations about how the user configures the box. We agree it needs as few buttons as possible. We agree it needs sane defaults as well as expert modes. We agree it listens on port 80 but also talks to your phone. Beyond that, we agree we need expert help.

Nous avons eu l'offre d'aides de Hacker spaces en Californie et au Texas! Nous aimerions rentrer en contact avec autant de hackers que possible. Stefano et moi essayons de faire un kit "hackfest-in-a-box" et les hack spaces sont des endroits parfaits pour déployer ces kits.Si vous êtes impliqué dans un hack space et pouvez tirer quelques geeks ensemble pour une nuit de fun, je veux vous parler.

Finally, I have ordered stickers and t-shirts so we will finally get those to our Kickstarter funders. And now that we know we can distribute GPL-compliant boxes we can get those out too!

ceci et la mise à jour. Plus à venir bientôt.

Cordialement, James Vasile

Posted Wed Jul 13 00:47:00 2011

L'érudit et gourou de l'internet Yochai Benkler rejoint le conseil d'administration de la FreedomBox

La Fondation FreedomBox est heureuse d'annoncer l'arrivée d'un nouveau membre à son conseil d'administration, Yochai Benkler, professeur de droit à l'Université de Harvard. Ce professeur renommé et sociologue est l'auteur d'œuvres influentes : * Penguin Coase * et * La Richesse des Réseaux , ainsi que son dernier livre , The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest*.

«Nous sommes ravis d'avoir Yochai parmi nous. Il donnera une vision claire du défi le plus important de la FreedomBox, qui est de comprendre comment cette technologie peut s'intégrer parfaitement dans la vie quotidienne des gens", a déclaré Eben Moglen, président de la fondation .

La Fondation FreedomBox est un projet à but non lucratif dont la mission est de développer un apparaeil communiquant et des logiciels libres qui protègent la vie privée, l'anonymat et la sécurité sur Internet, une cause à laquelle Benkler est personnellement et professionnellement attaché. "La FreedomBox va changer la façon dont les gens parlent entre eux sur Internet», a-t-il dit. "Nous donnons aux gens le contrôle sur leur vie numérique en protégeant ces droits de l'Homme fondamentaux." L'objectif à long terme du projet est de rendre des "boites libératrices" accessibles au consommateur moyen.

Yochai Benkler occupe la chaire Berkman du centre d'études d'entrepreneuriat legal à Harvard, et est co-directeur du Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Depuis les années 1990, il a fait connaître les sujets de l'innovation et de la collaboration dans les communautés numérique ainsi que la production d'information et la liberté dans l'économie et la socité en réseau.

Les livres avant-gardistes de Yochai Benkler et d'autres travaux socialement engagées lui ont valu de nombreuses récompenses, dont le Prix Electronic Frontier Pioneer Fondation, la Fondation Ford Visionnaires Award, le Prix du Public Connaissance IP3 et le prix Donald McGannon pour la pertinence sociale et éthique dans la recherche Politique de communication . Le Financial Times a cité son travail comme «peut-être le meilleur travail à ce jour sur l'Internet toujours changeant et conduit par l'enthousiasme."

Yochai Benkler rejoint l'équipe croissante et renommée de vétérans du logiciel libre et open source, qui peut se glorifier de l'aide de l'ancien chef du projet Debian, Bdale Garbee, en plus de Moglen, directeur fondateur du Software Freedom Law Center. Les membres du conseil, tous bénévoles, jouent un rôle actif dans le développement, l'administration technique et la collecte de fonds. Yochai Benkler a conseillé un grand nombre de décideurs et de régulateurs sur les sujets de la propriété intellectuelle et des communications, que ce soit au niveau national et international. Son travail peut être librement consulté sur benkler.org.

La Fondation FreedomBox a été lancée par Eben Moglen et les équipes du Software Freedom Law Center, en tant qu'entité coordinatrice des différents efforts de développements communautaires qui sont déjà présents et actifs à construire des "Freedom box". Les «Freedom boxes" sont des appareils intelligents conçus pour travailler ensemble, faciliter la libre communication entre les personnes en toute sécurité hors d'atteinte des plus fortes ambitions d'interférence ou d'interception. Elle peuvent rendre la liberté de pensée et d'information un élément permanent et indéracinable d'Internet, dans lequel nos âmes résident. », a déclaré Moglen.

Détails du communiqué

Source: FreedomBox Foundation

For immediate release
July 5, 2011
Contact: James Vasile, 212-461-1906, vasile@freedomboxfoundation.org

Posted Thu Jul 7 16:15:19 2011

Eben Moglen vidéo à Internet Evolution

Au Personal Democracy Forum, la semaine dernière, Eben a été interviewé par Nicole Ferraro de Internet Evolution. La première partie de cette vidéo, se concentrant sur la définition de ce que le FreedomBox est, a été mis en ligne ici: Internet Evolution.

D'autres vidéos à venir la semaine prochaine.

Posted Fri Jun 10 21:15:42 2011

Introduction au Comité Consultatif Technique. (TAC)

Alors que la communauté continue à pousser la FreedomBox de l'idée à la réalité, il est temps d'élargir notre équipe de direction technique. Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer la formation d'un comité consultatif technique pour aider à coordonner et à orienter les efforts de développement de ce projet. Ce comité consultatif est déjà en cours, avec une composition initiale des leaders de l'industrie, y compris:

  • Bdale Garbee, responsable en technologies Open Source et Linux chez Hewlett-Packard,

  • Jacob Appelbaum du projet Tor,

  • Sam Hartman, ancien responsable de la technologie au Consortium MIT Kerberos et Directeur de l'IETF Security Area,

  • Sascha Meinrath, Directeur du projet Open Technology Initiative à la New America Foundation,

  • Rob Savoye, hacker GNU depuis longtemps, développeur en chef de Gnash, et lauréat du prix 2010 pour la promotion du Logiciel Libre

  • Matt Zimmerman, ancien chef de la technologie chez Canonical

Nous allons entendre parler du CCT au cours des semaines et mois à venir. Toute personne intéressée au suivi de l'activité du comité consultatif est bienvenue pour la consultation des archives publiques de leur liste par courriel à l'adresse http://lists.freedomboxfoundation.org/s/arc/tac (la liste est pour les membres du Comité Consultatif Technique TAC, donc s'il vous plaît n'essayez pas de vous abonner). Si vous souhaitez parler au Comité Consultatif Technique en temps réel, ils peuvent être trouvés dans le salon freedombox-tac sur irc.oftc.net.

Posted Wed May 25 21:52:51 2011

Planète Libre, suite

J'ai assisté à 'Planet Libre' à Boston ce weekend avec pour but de parler de la FreedomBox à qui voulait l'entendre. J'ai donné une conférence éclair afin que les gens sachent qu'elle existe et j'ai été ensuite inondé par l'intérêt dans le couloir. Comme prévu, la foule FSF a beaucoup de bonnes idées, et pas seulement sur la façon de mettre en œuvre les FreedomBox, mais également pour savoir comment organiser un projet de cette envergure.

Des dizaines de personnes ont exprimé leur intérêt à faire du bénévolat par la suite. J'espère les retrouver sur I.R.C. et discuter avec eux par courriel bientôt. Rob Savoy, en particulier, est une personne fascinante qui pourrait nous apprendre une chose ou deux sur le développement.

J'ai fait quelques progrès dans l'organisation des installations de téléconférence de la Fondation FreedomBox. I.R.C. est très bien, mais nous allons avoir besoin de quelques appels vocaux de groupe à différentes étapes. J'ai ajouté à ma liste de choses a faire un élément pour être sûr que nous pourrons enregistrer une journalisation des appels lorsqu'il le faudra

J'ai parlé spécifiquement à certains vieux experts du logiciels libres, le noyau dur des pirates qui ont pour antécédents d'avoir arraché des projets ambitieux. Je crois que j'ai convaincu certains que ce projet est un endroit pour placer leur énergie et que nous les verrons bientôt actifs.

J'ai invité à ce projet une femme qui a une longue histoire dans l'amélioration de la communauté a laquelle elle appartient. Elle est trop engagée pour les prochains mois, mais j'ai bien noté d'assurer un suivi avec elle.

J'ai parlé à plusieurs personnes qui ont travaillé sur OLPC ou OpenMoko, d'autres projets de grande envergure avec des points communs avec le FreedomBox. J'ai reçu des points de vue intéressants et francs sur ce qui s'est passé en bien et en mal dans ces efforts. Certaines opinions ont plus de valeur pour passer les caps:

  • Premièrement, OLPC n'a pas testé son interface avec les utilisateurs finaux assez tôt. J'ai parlé à plusieurs personnes qui pensaient que cela aurait dû être fait plus tôt. FreedomBox devrait mettre l'utilisateur final cible dans le processus de conception.

  • Deuxièmement, OLPC a eu certaines exigences incroyablement ambitieuses qui a débordé d'une partie du projet à l'autre. L'exigence que l'interface soit utilisable par les utilisateurs non-alphabétisés a conduit à beaucoup de conceptions novatrices, mais elle rendu certaines tâches très difficiles.

  • Troisièmement, les gens d'OpenMoko ont passé beaucoup de temps à faire une distribution - mettre en paquets et recompiler tous les paquets Debian pour leur plate-forme. Cela a utilisé beaucoup de ressources et les dépôts n'ont jamais été complets. La FreedomBox ne devrait pas être une distribution basée sur Debian autant qu'un projet basé sur Debian qui s'appuie sur un grand nombre de paquets déjà existants.

Créer un maillage est difficile. Je n'ai rencontré personne qui connaisse quelqu'un qui tricote les réseaux maillés. Je vais obtenir de toutes les mailles de se concerter rapidement pour avoir une vraie conversation afin de voir si nous pouvons travailler à une recommandation sur la voie la plus prometteuse.

Michael Stone m'a orienté vers le catéchisme d'Heilmeyer . Ce sont de bonnes questions.

Un grand merci à Matt Lee à la FSF pour avoir lancé une grande conférence. Et pour Deb Nicholson pour m'avoir hébergé et remorqué autour de la ville. Elle a de grandes idées sur la façon d'inclure plus de gens dans FreedomBox.

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

Nous avons lancé une nouvelle FAQ qui répond aux questions qui nous ont été les plus communément posées la semaine dernière. Si vous vous demandez comment la fondation s'inscrit dans le plus grand projet de la Freedom Box ou ce que sont nos plans immédiats pour le Kickstarter n'hésitez pas à la consulter

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

Je suis heureux d'annoncer que notre page de fonds de démarrage rapide 'kickstarter' "pousser la Fondation FreedomBox de 0 à 60 en 30 jours"vient d’atteindre 60 000 $ dans les 25 premiers jours! Le don qui nous a vraiment transporté venait de [Blaine Cook] (https://twitter.com/blaine/statuses/40072954947571712), l'ancien architecte en chef de Twitter, ce qui est un beau vote de confiance ; Mais nous aimerions prendre un moment pour envoyer nos remerciements à chacun de ceux qui ont contribué à cette grande course, et encourager tout le monde à jeter un œil.

Nous avons été honorés par le niveau de soutien pour le projet et l'intérêt manifesté par les gens des communautés à travers le monde. Il y a beaucoup de travail à faire et c'est un sentiment merveilleux de savoir combien de personnes il y a poussant avec nous. Sur ce point, gardez vos yeux ici pour plus d'informations sur l'organisation du projet et les plans immédiats. Cela, ainsi que d'autres question courantes, devrait être sur le site de la fondation plus tard aujourd'hui

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

Après le départ rapide.

Nous avons terminé notre récolte de fonds pour le financement du départ rapide, et je tiens à remercier chacun de ceux qui ont donné, ont passer le mot, évangélisés et qui se sont joints à la discussion. Il est étonnant de voir une communauté mondiale fusionner autour du soutien de la liberté et du développement de cette technologie.

Activités actuelles et plans.

Nous sommes toujours à la recherche d'un faciliteur de relations communes. Nous avons un certain nombre de curriculum vitae et nous commençons à faire des entretiens. C'est un processus lent, et plus de grands personnages l'appliquent chaque jours.

Nous continuons à chercher des fonds supplémentaires pour remplir le reste de notre budget.

Nous avons commencé à réfléchir à une feuille de route ici: http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/UserRequirements/BrainStorm. J'ai pris les résultats de cette page et je suis en train de les faire réduire jusqu'aux objectifs essentiels du projet. Cela sera sera publié pour une partie de la communauté des pirates/bidouilleurs, qui nous aidera à définir exactement ce que ce projet a l'intention à faire dans le vaste mandat des possibilités de FreedomBox.

Bdale Garbee brasse petit à petit la grande quantité de travail technique à sa portée qui nous attend . Comme le comité technique consultatif prend de la vitesse et met en place une feuille de route, nous allons commencer à faire de réels progrès.

J'ai assisté à "Libre Planet" et j'ai passé un week-end en brandissant le drapeau FreedomBox et en invitant les gens à se joindre à notre effort de croissance. C'était un merveilleux week-end. J'encourage tous les participants présents à des conférences à faire des présentations éclair sur le projet. Il y a beaucoup à dire et la réponse sera fantastique.

Notre équipe de traduction est maintenant forte de plus de 50 personnes et travaille rapidement sur la base de nos pages existantes. Cela a été un grand effort entrepris avec grâce et bonne humeur. Merci à tous ceux qui ont aidé! Si vous voulez vous joindre au jeu, inscrivez-vous à la liste de traduction et présentez vous.

Nous avons l'intention de former d'autres équipes autour des aspects non techniques de ce projet. Ces équipes géreront la documentation, le support aux utilisateurs, la sensibilisation du public, des conférences, etc.

Design de t-shirts

Une des choses que nous avons offert aux donateurs du départ rapide était un T-shirt. Nous sommes sollicitons donc des dessins de T-shirt. Le thème de la chemise est les anges communautaires. Il serait bon d'inclure notre logo, qui a été conçu par Luka Marcetic.

Le dessin choisi sera imprimé sur des T-shirts que nous allons donner aux donateurs. Bien sûr, si votre conception est choisie, nous vous couvriront de remerciements et nous assureront de vous obtenir un t-shirt aussi. Je vais aussi vous payer une bière la prochaine fois que nous nous rencontrerons.

Envoyer des dessins dans un format de fichier libre à l'adresse join@freedomboxfoundation.org avant le 15 avril 2011. Les graphiques vectoriels sont préférés.

Impliquez vous!

Merci encore à toutes les personnes impliquées et intéressées dans ce projet! Votre soutien est ce qui fait ce travail. Si vous voulez une discussion plus interactive que cette annonce, inscrivez-vous à notre liste de développement ou joignez vous à nous sur le salon freedombox sur oftc.net.

Cordialement, James.

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

Aujourd'hui a été un grand jour pour la couverture de presse de la fondation et une prise de conscience de la diffusion de notre projet. Nous avons commencé la journée dans le NY Times avec un article de Jim Dwyer ( Décentraliser l'Internet pour que Big Brother ne puisse vous trouver ). Dans l'après-midi, il y avait également des articles dans:

  • Le Wall Street Journal (La Freedom box a besoin d'une bonne interface utilisateur)
  • ZDNet ( Freedom Box: Libérer l'Internet un serveur à la fois )
  • techPresident (Egypte, interrupteurs éteints, et fragilité de l'internet)
  • Le New York Observer (Débat: est ce que les américains auront leurs propres serveurs?)
  • New Europe (Eben Moglen: Un monde libre a besoin de logiciels libres)
  • Et même le ABA Journal (Un professeur de loi exhorte au travail sur une ‘Freedom Box’ pour décentraliser l'internet), une publication de l'industrie judiciaire.

Toutes ces articles de presse, et les nombreux articles liés sur twitter et identi.ca, soulignent quelques grands points du travail qui nous attend. Nous espérons répondre à bon nombre de ces points au cours des semaines et mois à venir alors que nous continuons à construire les fondations et à étendre nos activités publiques. Que chaque personne intéressée d'entre vous reste à l'écoute s'il vous plaît!

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

Le vétéran de l'Open Source Bdale Garbee se joint au conseil de la Fondation FreedomBox

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 est un leader de longue date et développeur dans la communauté du logiciel libre. Il sert de chef des technologies pour l'Open Source et Linux chez Hewlett Packard, est président de la commission technique Debian, et il est Président de Software in the Public Interest, l'organisation à but non lucratif qui offre le parrainage financier pour la distribution Debian GNU / Linux et d'autres projets. En 2002, il a servi comme chef du projet Debian.

"Bdale a excellé en tant que développeur et chef de file dans la communauté du logiciel libre. Il est exactement la bonne personne pour guider l'architecture technique de la FreedomBox", a déclaré Eben Moglen, directeur de la Fondation FreedomBox.

«Je suis excité de travailler sur ce projet avec une communauté enthousiaste», a déclaré Garbee. «À long terme, cela peut s'avérer plus important que je fais en ce moment."

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.

A propos de la Fondation FreedomBox

Le projet FreedomBox est un essai de logiciel gratuit qui va distribuer des ordinateurs permettant aux utilisateurs de prendre le contrôle de leur vie privée, de leur anonymat et de leur sécurité face aux censures gouvernementales, aux traques commerciales, aux fournisseurs de services Internet intrusifs .

Eben Moglen est professeur de droit à la Columbia University Law School et directeur fondateur de la Fondation FreedomBox, une nouvelle fondation à but non lucratif constituée au Delaware. Il est dans le processus de demande du statut 501 (c) (3). Sa mission est de soutenir la création et la distribution à travers le monde de FreedomBoxes.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez contacter Ian Sullivan à press@freedomboxfoundation.org ou voir http://freedomboxfoundation.org .

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

La Fondation FreedomBox prend des mesures pour mettre ce projet fermement sur ses pieds. La première étape favorise la conversation de la communauté qui dirigera ce projet à la réussite. À cette fin, nous recrutons un facilitateur de relations communautaires. S'il vous plaît assurez-vous que cette annonce atteint les bonnes personnes.

La Fondation FreedomBox cherche un individu motivé, talentueux, obsédé de liberté individuelle, pour faciliter les relations communautaires et les relations de presse pour le projet FreedomBox. Ses responsabilités comprennent la coordination et la sensibilisation du public de presse, l'organisation d'événements de projet, la gestion de nos présences sur les réseaux sociaux, et des messages cohérents.

Une expérience préalable dans les relations communautaires, le journalisme ou de relations publiques serait fantastique, surtout dans la communauté du logiciel libre. L'expérience acquise avec les médias sociaux est fortement préférée et nous vous encourageons à soumettre les noms de compte ou d'un autre profil que nous puissions voir vos travaux précédents dans le milieu et votre installation avec les outils actuels. Si la FreedomBox est la chose la plus importante que vous vouliez faire avec votre temps maintenant, vous êtes la personne a qui nous voulons parler.

Afin de maximiser l'efficacité et les ressources financières, le candidat retenu travaillera en collaboration avec (et sera payés par) la Fondation FreedomBox et le Software Freedom Law Center.

S'il vous plaît envoyez des CV dans un format de fichier ouvert (texte brut de préférence) à press@freedomboxfoundation.org. Le salaire sera fonction de l'expérience et de l'engagement en temps.

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

La Fondation FreedomBox est juste au début de nos efforts pour collaborer avec une communauté mondiale. Nous avons besoin de parler à tout le monde, partout, dans leur langue maternelle. C'est pourquoi nous bâtissons une traduction du projet dès le début.

Comme la plupart de nos matériaux sont au départ de la vidéo, la première étape vers la traduction est la transcription. Si vous parlez anglais et que vous souhaitez faire passer le message à un large public, s'il vous plaît attardez-vous sur la page des sous-titres pour voir quels matériels ont besoin de transcription.

Si vous parlez une autre langue en plus de l'anglais, nous avons besoin de votre aide dans notre équipe de traduction. Nous organisons des groupes de langage, afin qu'ils puissent collaborer à des traductions de haute qualité des matériaux du projet, des vidéos et de leur transcriptions, des diverses pages Web et des nouvelles sur le site de la fondation. Si vous êtes intéressé, s'il vous plaît envoyez un courriel à join@freedomboxfoundation.org ou passez par la page traduction pour plus de détails.

Nous allons fournir des listes de diffusion d'autres outils de communication pour aider à rendre la collaboration aussi facile que possible, mais nous ne pouvons pas le faire sans votre aide.

Donc, envoyez un courriel à la Fondation FreedomBox join@freedomboxfoundation.org. Dites-nous dans quelles langues vous pouvez aider. Nous allons former des équipes.

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

Le processus d'obtention d'une idée menant à l'organisation de sa vie, sa respiration, son fonctionnement réel, peut être long et difficile. Il a fallu à la fondation presque une année complète pour passer de l'idée à l'organisation, et certains événements à travers le monde font qu'il est clair que nous ne pouvons pas attendre une autre année avant de sortir la FreedomBox de la conception technique pour l'amener à la vie des gens. Donc, nous faisons une pause pour cela, et essayons de décoller dans un grand élan via le [démarrage rapide] (http://kickstarter.com).

Nous appelons cela "Poussez la Fondation FreedomBox de 0 à 60 en 30 jours"et nous vous demandons votre aide pour faire exactement cela.

Eben a estimé que le travail de grouper ensemble tous les composants logiciels nécessaires pour une FreedomBox en les intégrant dans un système peut être fait avec 500.000 $. Nous n'essayons pas de réunir tout cet argent ici. Nous avons juste besoin de fonds suffisants pour prendre notre envol et démontrer l'ampleur et la détermination de notre communauté. C'est la meilleure motivation pour tout le monde impliqué dans le projet, et les récompenses du démarrage rapide sont aussi plutôt cool, alors s'il vous plaît jetez y un œil.

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

Comment nous allons nous y prendre.

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.

Vos donations vont nous permettre de commencer a coordonner les contributions par des volontaires de chaque coin du monde. Ensemble nous allons travailler à faire de notre vision une réalité.

La nôtre est une grande entreprise avec de nombreuses pièces en mouvement. Nous, à la Fondation FreedomBox, sommes ici pour aider à communiquer, faciliter et étendre le projet FreedomBox partout dans le monde. Nous avons l'intention d'administrer l'effort basé sur quatre piliers d'organisation:

  1. Développement logiciel et intégration;
  2. Design de l’expérience utilisateur, implantation et intégration;
  3. Communication et collecte de fonds; et
  4. Relations avec l'industrie.

Chacun de ces piliers sera dirigé par un comité consultatif, avec toutes les activités coordonnées par une petite équipe à temps plein à la Fondation FreedomBox.

La composition du Comité consultatif va évoluer, alors que des développeurs et d'autres qui s'engagent fortement à l'étape de projet en place se dressent. Les nominations reflétant les engagements pris au début par les dirigeants de notre communauté seront annoncés sous peu. Bdale et moi avons commencé à communiquer avec les membres initiaux du comité consultatif technique que Bdale présidera. Une fois assemblé, la première activité de ce Comité sera de diriger le développement du public d'une feuille de route initiale.

Plus d'annonces concernant le processus et le calendrier apparaîtront ici bientôt. En plus de nos contributeurs financiers, je tiens à remercier également les éditeurs et les rédacteurs de wiki et de listes de diffusions qui ont contribué à tant de bonnes idées et d'énergie positive pour nous lancer dans cette aventure ensemble.

Eben Moglen

Posted Wed May 25 17:56:23 2011

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