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  * FreedomBox proposal: https://salsa.debian.org/freedombox-team/plinth/issues/1483   * FreedomBox proposal: https://salsa.debian.org/freedombox-team/freedombox/issues/1483

Progress call: 17:00 UTC

  • Update on conffile prompt solution (sunil)
  • Problems with latest testing image (Danny)
    • Update to 19.1 in testing? Reached testing 2019-02-24.
    • Matrix problem?
      • LDAP issue for login to matrix
  • progress on new homepage (mray) https://salsa.debian.org/freedombox-team/freedombox.org/issues/69

    • useful information to display for downloads
  • purchasable hardware status?
  • Roadmap discussion
    • Ideas suggested by multiple people:
      • relaunch freedombox.org
      • email server
      • reachability problem
      • UI and UX updates
  • Discussion notes:
    • Missing but important: providing support to consumers of hardware kits. We will provide this support in the background.
    • James: reachability should be the first target after buster
    • Danny: after Buster, focus on reachability issue and then first-boot issues
    • mray: reachability solution should be simple and not offer too many options for the sake of UX
      • UI and UX should be a big part of all projects in 2019.
    • gnoutchd: FBF infrastructure could handle DyDNS, but tunneling is not easy to provide. One solution is help user provision of VPS
  • Timeline:
    • Finish work for Buster freeze - end of February
    • Reachability problem, which entails re-examining first-boot - Start in March
    • ---After reachability problem, we will look at this list again and decide what to do next---
      • Danny: after reachability, we should Evaluate Nextcloud & Mastodon + alternate packaging method (June) and FreedomBox app framework (August)

  • Continue UI discussion from last call (Danny)
    • SUMMARY: We agreed
      • (1) there will be an option to turn off the homepage entirely,
      • (2) there will be an option to customize the homepage manually with HTML files,
      • (3) there will be a per-app option on whether to expose or not on the hompeage,
      • (4) there will be a per-app option on whether display or not on the homepage.
    • Notes from last time: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ProgressCalls/2019-02-09

    • Should the homepage be turned on by default?
      • there are two categories: the app is exposed by default, and there is no option at all to expose the app (e.g. transmission)

gnoutchd: WebRTC for tunneling (and reachability?): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UProxy, https://github.com/UWNetworksLab/uProxy-p2p


Submitted ideas for 2019 Roadmap:

James Valleroy:

  • Fix all major issues for Buster release.
  • Start uploads to stable-backports.
  • Hardware kits
  • User forum
  • FreedomBox monitors itself and repairs itself.

  • Notification framework
  • App center framework
  • Relaunch freedombox.org

Danny:

  • Reachability problem
  • Alternative packaging method for high-demand apps like Nextcloud
  • UI Updates
  • First boot issues
    • self-signing certificate
    • discovery on local network
    • Windows issues with .local
    • pre-installing some critical apps like Backups
    • integrating sub-domain name assignment to first boot process

Fiftyfour:

  • Email server and associated domain name management
  • Relaunch of freedombox.org

A.F. Cano:

  • The return of Shaarli or something like it. Some central location to keep web addresses of interest would be great, independently of browsers or specific machines.
  • A mail server

Mray:

  • Solve the reachability issue
  • Improve UI & UX

Sunil and Joseph:

Big items:

  • Reachability (~4 months)
    • Tunneling using large number of IPs from Foundation (4 weeks)
    • Strong Dynamic DNS support with good UX (5 weeks)
      • Rewrite Dynamic DNS implementation (3 weeks)
      • Migrate server to foundation infrastructure (1 week)
      • Implement new plinth features (1 week)
    • IPv6 support (1 week)
    • Better Pagekite UX (1 week)
    • Implement notifying users of port to open (1 week)
    • Document DMZ etc. configuration in routers (2 days)
    • Implement UPNP port opening (2 week)
  • FreedomBox app framework (~2 months)

    • Stabilize FreedomBox API (6 weeks)

      • Implement component architecture (3 weeks)
      • Migrate apps to new API (3 weeks)
    • Update developer documentation (2 days)
    • App store and external plinth apps (2 weeks)
      • Split couple of applications into separate apps
      • Show web page with all available apps on freedombox.org?
  • Nextcloud from a container (5 weeks)
    • Framework for handling containers (2 weeks)
    • Verify for free software and legal issues (2 days)
    • Handle container upgrades (1 week)
    • Handle proxying HTTP request to the container (2 days)
    • Backup and restore (3 days)
    • OAuth2/SAML authentication (3 days)
    • Container security evaulation (3 days)
  • Fediverse Social Network Application (~3.5 months)
    • Packaging
      • Pleroma (2 months - 280 hours)
      • Mastodon (2 months - 280 hours)
        • 70 dependencies (Ruby + JS combined)
    • Plinth
      • Subdomain setup (2 weeks)
      • Create app (1 month)
  • Anonymous mode - Hidden FreedomBox (run only Tor) (3 weeks)

  • Security (4 months)
    • Automated LE certficates (1 week 3 days)
      • Cleanup existing process (1 week)
      • Make it more automatic (3 days)
    • More services to use LE certificates (1 week)
      • Mumble
      • Quassel
      • Infinoted?
    • Container level security for daemons with systemd unit changes (3 months + 1 week)
      • Basic guide (1 week)
      • For each daemon and app write the unit changes (30 apps = 30 days)
      • Submit changes to upstream and Debian packages (30 apps = 30 days)
    • Show security precautions (4 days)
      • Show SSH key fingerprints (2 days)
      • Show Mumble etc. fingerprints? (2 days)
  • Sharing (~3 week)
    • Add support for NFS (1 week)
    • Add support for Samba (1 week)
    • Add support for DLNA sharing (1 week)
  • Email server (3 months + 1 week)
    • MTA (2 weeks)
    • MTA - Relay setup (1 week)
    • IMAP server (3 days)
    • Pop server (3 days)
    • TLS setup (1 week)
    • LDAP integration (1 week)
    • Anti-virus server (3 days)
    • Anti-spam server (3 days)
    • Delivering without sending to spam (~1 month)
      • Reverse DNS setup with bind and dynamic DNS (1 week)
      • MX record (1 week)
      • Action 1 (1 week)
      • Action 2 (1 week)
    • Webmail UI with existing roundcube (3 days)
    • Fast search server (3 days)
  • FreedomBox as Identity server (~2 months)

    • Implement SAML2 for authentication in FreedomBox (2 weeks)

    • Implement OAuth2 + OpenID Connect for authentication in FreedomBox (2 weeks)

    • Make Mediawiki use OAuth2/SAML (1 week)
    • Standards proposed by ?IndieWeb for dealing with OAuth2 shortcomings (2 weeks)

  • FreedomBox as a Router (1 month)

    • For the use case of attaching a Wi-Fi router after a FreedomBox

      • IPv6 implementation fixes (1 week)
      • IPv6 DHCP-PD (2 weeks)
      • Static address allocation (1 week)

Small items:

  • Hardware support
    • 64-bit ARM board support (Pine 64, etc.)
    • Combined image for all A20 boards
    • Combined image for all 64-bit boards
  • Android app feature completion
  • Notifications
    • web
    • mobile
    • email
  • Infrastructure
    • Discourse Server
    • DynamicDNS Server
    • Better Wiki
    • Demo server
    • Alternative downloads
  • Forgot password
  • Unified file-sharing app
    • Kick coquelicot and implement in FreedomBox sharing app

  • Websites on FreedomBox

    • Perhaps with Wordpress
    • Static website generator
  • Card-based UI completion
  • Pioneer Edition release
  • Distributed storage backend for backups (Tahoe-LAFS)
  • Improve self-signing certificate UX during first-boot
  • Usage analytics
  • Supplement Debian's packaging mechanism
    • Alternative package management systems
  • Implement syncthing relay
  • Printing server using CUPS