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Recent News


Launching the Contributor Invites Program | October 7th, 2019

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new community-building initiative: the Contributor Invites program. "Contributor Invites" are small, approachable tasks that the FreedomBox community needs help with. Members of the FreedomBox core team will post requests for help with coding, design, development, documentation, localization, and testing tasks to the FreedomBox Forum; these tasks will be referred to as “Contributor Invites.”

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Announcing an E-Book about FreedomBox | September 20th, 2019

We are pleased to announce a community-driven effort years in the making: the "FreedomBox for Communities" free e-book has been published to the Wikibooks platform. This e-book was written to teach users how to set up their own community-wide implementation of FreedomBox.

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Announcing New Network Manager: Felix Freeman | September 9th, 2019

The FreedomBox Foundation is pleased to announce that we have recruited a new Network Manager: Felix Freeman. Felix is a free software activist based in Chile, and he brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the FreedomBox community.

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DistroWatch Recognizes FreedomBox | September 6th, 2019

The FreedomBox Foundation is proud to announce that DistroWatch has officially recognized the FreedomBox operating system as a distribution of Linux! This means that FreedomBox is now listed in DistroWatch's authoritative database of Linux and BSD distributions.

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FreedomBox at FOSSCON 2019 | August 23rd, 2019

On Saturday, August 17th, the FreedomBox Foundation attended the FOSSCON conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the second straight year. At our table in the exhibition hall, we saw many familiar faces and met many news ones.

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FreedomBox at DebConf 2019 | July 31st, 2019

Last week, the FreedomBox Foundation sent its Vice President for Product & Development, Danny Haidar, to Debian's annual developer conference, DebConf. This year, DebConf was held in Curitiba, Brazil, and hundreds of people attended, including local Brazilians and Debian's global community of contributors.

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A New Stable Version of FreedomBox | July 16th, 2019

The FreedomBox Foundation is pleased to announce that a new stable version of the FreedomBox software system has been released. This release coincides with the launch of Debian's latest stable version, Debian 10 (codenamed "Buster"). Since FreedomBox is a Debian Pure Blend, its release cycle follows Debian's release cycle.

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Support For Lamobo R1 and PINE A64-LTS | June 10th, 2019

We are pleased to announce that FreedomBox now supports two new hardware models: the Lamobo R1 single-board computer and PINE A64-LTS single-board computer. This means that the FreedomBox team will publish operating system images for each of these two boards whenever a new version of FreedomBox is released. For now, images for these two boards are only available for the Testing and Nightly versions of FreedomBox, but images will be available for the Stable version soon. Download the images here.

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Bulgarian Linux Community Discusses FreedomBox | May 31st, 2019

We were very proud to see that a presentation about FreedomBox was delivered at a meeting of the Linux Users Group - Bulgaria (LUG-BG) in May 2019. The presentation was delivered in Bulgarian by Tsvetan Usunov, the Founder and Owner of Olimex.

If you speak Bulgarian or know anyone who does, be sure to watch and/or share this video: LUG-BG 2019 LT: FreedomBox (Цветан Узунов)

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Supporting Two New Hardware Models | May 28th, 2019

We are pleased to announce that FreedomBox now supports two new hardware models: the Banana Pro™ single-board computer and the Pine64(+) single-board computer. This means that the FreedomBox team will publish operating system images for each of these two boards whenever a new version of FreedomBox is released.

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Announcing the Launch of Sales of Pioneer Edition FreedomBox Home Servers | April 22nd, 2019

The FreedomBox Foundation is proud to announce that sales of the first commercially available FreedomBox have launched. Orders can be placed here.

The product, dubbed a “Pioneer Edition FreedomBox Home Server Kit,” is being sold by Olimex, a company which specializes in Open Source Hardware. The product includes pocket-sized server hardware, an SD card with the operating system pre-installed, and a backup battery which can power the hardware for 4-5 hours in case of outages. It sells for €82 and ships globally.

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Announcing the FreedomBox Forum and Live Demo | March 29th, 2019

Sales of the the much anticipated Pioneer FreedomBox Home Servers launch soon. And our team has been preparing for the day that hardware hits the market. In anticipation of sales, we are proud to launch two new services for our users: a FreedomBox Forum and a live demo of FreedomBox!

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Announcing Pioneer FreedomBox Kits | March 26th, 2019

On Sunday, March 24th at the Free Software Foundation's annual LibrePlanet conference, the FreedomBox Foundation announced that it has partnered with Olimex to sell Pioneer FreedomBox Home Server Kits.

We have been building the FreedomBox software since 2011—that's eight years. And our supporters have been asking for purchasable kits for about as many years. We've heard your voices, and we’re doing this for you.

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Retiring Two Hardware Models | January 8, 2019

After an open discussion, the FreedomBox developer community has decided to retire the DreamPlug and Raspberry Pi 1 hardware models from our lineup of custom FreedomBox images.

For a number of reasons, which are recorded in our public call notes from December 8th, 2018, the FreedomBox community decided that the DreamPlug and Raspberry Pi 1 hardware models are no longer suitable for our software system. Support for these two models was dropped for a number of reasons, including their low performance-to-cost ratios, lack of proper kernel updates, and dependence on non-free software.

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