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You may either use FreedomBox on one of the supported [[FreedomBox/Hardware|hardware]] or deploy on a virtual machine. You may either use FreedomBox on one of the supported [[FreedomBox/Hardware|hardware]], install it on a [[FreedomBox/Hardware/Debian|Debian]] machine, or deploy on a virtual machine.

If you are installing on Debian, you don't need to download these images. Instead read [[FreedomBox/Hardware/Debian|instructions]] on setting up !FreedomBox on Debian.

You may either use FreedomBox on one of the supported hardware, install it on a Debian machine, or deploy on a virtual machine.

If you are installing on Debian, you don't need to download these images. Instead read instructions on setting up FreedomBox on Debian.

Downloading Images

Recent images for supported targets are available here:

Verifying the Downloaded Images

It is important to verify the images you have downloaded to ensure that the file has not be corrupted during the transmission and that it is indeed the image built by FreedomBox developers.

  • First open a terminal and import the public key of the FreedomBox developer who built the images:

    $ gpg --keyserver x-hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-keys 0x36C361440C9BC971
  • Next, verify the fingerprint of the public key:
    $ 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
  • Finally, verify your downloaded image with its signature file .sig. For example:

    $ gpg --verify freedombox-unstable_2015-01-15_beaglebone-armhf-card.tar.bz2.sig freedombox-unstable_2015-01-15_beaglebone-armhf-card.tar.bz2
    gpg: Signature made Thursday 15 January 2015 09:27:50 AM IST using RSA key ID 0C9BC971
    gpg: Good signature from "Sunil Mohan Adapa <sunil@medhas.org>"
    gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
    gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
    Primary key fingerprint: BCBE BD57 A11F 70B2 3782  BC57 36C3 6144 0C9B C971

Installation and Use

After the download you can use the image to boot supported hardware (including virtual machines). The hardware devices usually use SD Cards to boot from. To copy the downloaded image to your SD card use a command like this (adapt the if= and of= part to match your image and SD Card path):

$ dd if=freedombox-unstable_2015-01-15_dreamplug-armel-card.img of=/dev/mmcblk0

That's all, you can now start to use your FreedomBox!


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