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!FreedomBox is a ready made personal server designed with privacy and data ownership in mind. Made of free software only, it is a subset of the [[https://www.debian.org/|Debian universal operating system]]. It can be installed as a full system on a small board dedicated for that use from home. It can also be installed on your computer as an additional program, although it is not recommended.<<BR>> !FreedomBox is a ready made personal server, designed with privacy and data ownership in mind. It is a subset of the [[https://www.debian.org/|Debian universal operating system]] and includes free software only. You can run it on a small, inexpensive and power-efficient computer box in your home that is dedicated for that use. It can also be installed on any computer running Debian or in a virtual machine.<<BR>>
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In order to replace communication services proposed by private companies mining your entire life, you will be able to activate independent services and access them from the Internet or from home only. These applications are communication services accessible from clients or browsers on your phones like chat and voice calls, calendar, address book, file or news feed sharing and synchronization, webmail... To setup and use a spy free chat service for instance, activate the service from your administration interface and create some new users. You will then be able to offer XMPP addresses to your friends. They will instant use XMPP clients (Conversations or Xabber on Android, Pidgin on Windows and Linux, Messages on Mac OS) for encrypted communications.<<BR>> In order to replace third-party communication services that are data mining your entire life, you will be able to host services yourself and use them at home or over the Internet through a browser or specialized apps. These services include chat and voice calls, webmail, file sharing and calendar, address book and news feed synchronization. For example, to start using a private chat service, activate the service from the administration interface and add your friends as authorized users of the service. They will be able to connect to the service hosted on your !FreedomBox, using XMPP chat clients such as Conversations on Android, Pidgin on Windows and Linux, or Messages on Mac OS, for encrypted communications.<<BR>>
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!FreedomBox is also optionally a Wi-Fi router for more advanced users. <<BR>> !FreedomBox is a product you can just [[https://freedomboxfoundation.org/buy/|buy]], set up and use. Once installed the interface is easy to use, similar to a smart phone.
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You need a bit of technical expertise or help from the community to set up !FreedomBox at home on a specific inexpensive and power-efficient hardware or on your computer running Debian. But once installed, its use is similar to that of a smart phone. <<BR>>

Related documentation:
 * [[FreedomBox/Features|FreedomBox applications]]
 * [[FreedomBox/Hardware|Machines that support FreedomBox]]
 * [[FreedomBox/Download|Download and Install]]
User documentation:
 * List of [[FreedomBox/Features|applications]] offered by !FreedomBox.
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== Easy: Private Cloud ==
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!FreedomBox provides services: to your computers and mobile devices in your home and to computers and mobile devices of other people who are your friends. !FreedomBox brings file sharing like Dropbox, shared calendaring like Google or Yahoo and photo sharing. !FreedomBox supplies instant messaging and truly secure voice conference calling that works on low bandwidth providing high quality. !FreedomBox has a blog and wiki to let you publish your content and collaborate with the rest of the world. Coming soon, a personal email server and federated social networking using GNU Social and Diaspora, providing privacy-respecting alternatives to Gmail and Facebook. !FreedomBox can also host a Wi-Fi access point, ad blocking proxy and a virtual private network (VPN). More advanced users can replace their router with a !FreedomBox.
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== Advanced: Smart Home Router == Setting up !FreedomBox on a specific hardware or on your computer running Debian may require a bit of technical expertise or help from the community.
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!FreedomBox runs in a physical computer and can route your traffic. It can sit between various devices at home such as mobiles, laptops and TVs and the Internet, replacing a home wireless router. By routing traffic, !FreedomBox can remove tracking advertisements and malicious web bugs before they ever reach your devices. !FreedomBox can cloak your location and protect your anonymity by "onion routing" your traffic over Tor. !FreedomBox provides a VPN server that you can use while you are away from home to keep your traffic secret on untrusted public wireless networks and to securely access various devices at home. It can also be carried along with your laptop and used to connect to public networks at work, school, or office to avail its services. It could be used in a village to make available digital communications throughout the village. In future, !FreedomBox intends to deliver support for alternative ways of connecting to the Internet such as Mesh networks. Related technical documentation:
 * [[FreedomBox/Hardware|Machines that support FreedomBox]]
 * [[FreedomBox/Download|Download and Install]]
 * [[https://docs.freedombox.org|FreedomBox Developer Manual]]

== Typical usage: Private Cloud ==

!FreedomBox provides services to the computers and mobile devices in your home, and to your friends. This includes secure instant messaging and low-bandwidth, high-quality voice conference calling. !FreedomBox lets you publish your content in a blog and wiki to collaborate with the rest of the world. On the roadmap are a personal email server and federated social networking, to provide privacy-respecting alternatives to Gmail and Facebook.

== Typical usage: Network-Attached Storage (NAS) ==

The storage space available to !FreedomBox can be expanded by attaching an external disk drive. This allows !FreedomBox to become a media library for your photos, music, and videos. The folders are shared to laptops and mobile phones on the local network, and the media can be streamed to local devices including smart TVs.

== Advanced usage: Smart Home Router ==

!FreedomBox runs in a physical computer and can route your traffic. It can sit between various devices at home such as mobiles, laptops and TVs and the Internet, replacing a home wireless router. By routing traffic, !FreedomBox can remove tracking advertisements and malicious web bugs before they ever reach your devices. !FreedomBox can cloak your location and protect your anonymity by "onion routing" your traffic over Tor. !FreedomBox provides a VPN server that you can use while you are away from home to keep your traffic secret on untrusted public wireless networks and to securely access various devices at home.

It can also be carried along with your laptop and set up to offer its services on public networks at work, school or office. In the future, !FreedomBox intends to deliver support for alternative ways of connecting to the Internet such as Mesh networking.

== Advanced usage: For Communities ==

The primary design goal of !FreedomBox is to be used as a personal server at home for use by a single family and their friends. However, at the core, it is a server software that can aid a non-technical user to setup services and maintain them with ease. Security is automatically managed and many of the technical choices in system administration are taken care by the software automatically thereby reducing complexity for a non-technical user. This nature of !FreedomBox makes it well-suited for hosting services for small communities like villages or small firms. Communities can host their own services using !FreedomBox with minimal effort. They can setup Wi-Fi networks that span the entire area of the community and draw Internet connections from long distances. Community members can enjoy previously unavailable Internet connectivity, ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage, free VOIP services, offline education and entertainment content, etc. This will also boost privacy for individuals in the community, reduce dependence on centralized services provided by large companies and make them resistant to censorship.

The free e-book [[https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/FreedomBox_for_Communities|FreedomBox for Communities]] describes the motivation and provides detailed instructions to setup !FreedomBox for this use case. Members of the !FreedomBox project are involved in setting up Wi-Fi networks with free Internet connectivity in rural India. This e-book documents their knowledge and experiences.
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=== Video resources ===

Eben Moglen's talk, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOEMv0S8AcA|Eben Moglen - Freedom in the cloud]], delivered before the !FreedomBox project was started gives insights into the philosophy behind !FreedomBox.

[[http://moglen.law.columbia.edu/sflc2015/04_freedombox.webm|First demonstration of FreedomBox at SFLC, University of Columbia]] by Sunil Mohan Adapa.
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See the features page for a [[FreedomBox/Features|full list of applications]] and [[FreedomBox/Download|download]] !FreedomBox. See the features page for a [[FreedomBox/Features|full list of applications]] offered by !FreedomBox and [[https://freedomboxfoundation.org/buy/|buy]] or [[FreedomBox/Download|download]] yours!

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FreedomBox: take your online privacy back

FreedomBox is a ready made personal server, designed with privacy and data ownership in mind. It is a subset of the Debian universal operating system and includes free software only. You can run it on a small, inexpensive and power-efficient computer box in your home that is dedicated for that use. It can also be installed on any computer running Debian or in a virtual machine.

In order to replace third-party communication services that are data mining your entire life, you will be able to host services yourself and use them at home or over the Internet through a browser or specialized apps. These services include chat and voice calls, webmail, file sharing and calendar, address book and news feed synchronization. For example, to start using a private chat service, activate the service from the administration interface and add your friends as authorized users of the service. They will be able to connect to the service hosted on your FreedomBox, using XMPP chat clients such as Conversations on Android, Pidgin on Windows and Linux, or Messages on Mac OS, for encrypted communications.

FreedomBox is a product you can just buy, set up and use. Once installed the interface is easy to use, similar to a smart phone.

User documentation:

FreedomBox can also host a Wi-Fi access point, ad blocking proxy and a virtual private network (VPN). More advanced users can replace their router with a FreedomBox.

Setting up FreedomBox on a specific hardware or on your computer running Debian may require a bit of technical expertise or help from the community.

Related technical documentation:

1. Typical usage: Private Cloud

FreedomBox provides services to the computers and mobile devices in your home, and to your friends. This includes secure instant messaging and low-bandwidth, high-quality voice conference calling. FreedomBox lets you publish your content in a blog and wiki to collaborate with the rest of the world. On the roadmap are a personal email server and federated social networking, to provide privacy-respecting alternatives to Gmail and Facebook.

2. Typical usage: Network-Attached Storage (NAS)

The storage space available to FreedomBox can be expanded by attaching an external disk drive. This allows FreedomBox to become a media library for your photos, music, and videos. The folders are shared to laptops and mobile phones on the local network, and the media can be streamed to local devices including smart TVs.

3. Advanced usage: Smart Home Router

FreedomBox runs in a physical computer and can route your traffic. It can sit between various devices at home such as mobiles, laptops and TVs and the Internet, replacing a home wireless router. By routing traffic, FreedomBox can remove tracking advertisements and malicious web bugs before they ever reach your devices. FreedomBox can cloak your location and protect your anonymity by "onion routing" your traffic over Tor. FreedomBox provides a VPN server that you can use while you are away from home to keep your traffic secret on untrusted public wireless networks and to securely access various devices at home.

It can also be carried along with your laptop and set up to offer its services on public networks at work, school or office. In the future, FreedomBox intends to deliver support for alternative ways of connecting to the Internet such as Mesh networking.

4. Advanced usage: For Communities

The primary design goal of FreedomBox is to be used as a personal server at home for use by a single family and their friends. However, at the core, it is a server software that can aid a non-technical user to setup services and maintain them with ease. Security is automatically managed and many of the technical choices in system administration are taken care by the software automatically thereby reducing complexity for a non-technical user. This nature of FreedomBox makes it well-suited for hosting services for small communities like villages or small firms. Communities can host their own services using FreedomBox with minimal effort. They can setup Wi-Fi networks that span the entire area of the community and draw Internet connections from long distances. Community members can enjoy previously unavailable Internet connectivity, ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage, free VOIP services, offline education and entertainment content, etc. This will also boost privacy for individuals in the community, reduce dependence on centralized services provided by large companies and make them resistant to censorship.

The free e-book FreedomBox for Communities describes the motivation and provides detailed instructions to setup FreedomBox for this use case. Members of the FreedomBox project are involved in setting up Wi-Fi networks with free Internet connectivity in rural India. This e-book documents their knowledge and experiences.

5. FreedomBox Interface

5.1. Screenshot

FreedomBox front page

5.3. Video resources

Eben Moglen's talk, Eben Moglen - Freedom in the cloud, delivered before the FreedomBox project was started gives insights into the philosophy behind FreedomBox.

First demonstration of FreedomBox at SFLC, University of Columbia by Sunil Mohan Adapa.

See the features page for a full list of applications offered by FreedomBox and buy or download yours!


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