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Contents

  1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION
    1. What is FreedomBox?
    2. What does FreedomBox do?
    3. Can FreedomBox provide a secure email server?
    4. Do I need technical expertise to start using FreedomBox?
    5. What is the relationship between Debian and FreedomBox?
    6. How can I ask a question?
    7. How do I communicate with users outside of my local FreedomBox?
  2. HARDWARE (SBC)
    1. Which single board computer (SBC) do you recommend?
    2. What is a single board computer (SBC)?
    3. A thing that is new to me is Open Hardware. What makes open hardware open? Anything in particular that I should be aware of?
    4. Do I need a single board computer such as Cubietruck or Raspberry Pi?
    5. What level of performance should be expected with FreedomBox on SBCs?
    6. Can you recommend a WiFi adapter that leverages free firmware?
  3. DOWNLOAD & INSTALL
    1. General
      1. What does "flashing an SD card" mean?
      2. Is FreedomBox a system in itself or must I first install Debian on a single-board computer?
      3. What would be the benefit of first installing Debian, then FreedomBox packages?
      4. What should I know about installing FreedomBox on SBCs?
      5. The SD card is not detected through USB or OTG on a Cubietruck SSD edition. Did I miss something?
      6. How well is the Olimex A20-OLinuXino-LIME2 officially supported?
      7. Where can I find some documentation about a Cubietruck first boot?
      8. The image I downloaded from the website seems to be broken. Can I build an image myself?
      9. Default username and password
    2. HowTo
      1. Uninstall FreedomBox
      2. Configuring a router to use dynamic DNS
      3. Create a DNS name with GnuDIP
      4. Upgrade FreedomBox from stable to testing
    3. Troubleshooting
      1. After the installation, I can only login via ssh with the account I had before running the FreedomBox setup script. How do I fix it?
      2. I'm having some problems getting FreedomBox working on a BeagleBone Black. The latest release would boot once, but after the initial reboot it wouldn't boot again.
      3. I'm trying to install FreedomBox on my Raspberry Pi 2B and the interface plinth does not install correctly.
      4. http://freedombox.local/ gives "server not found" and nmap (0 hosts up). What did I miss?
      5. Why can I not login to my user? I followed the instructions on installing freedombox on Debian sid and I'm stuck with a tty login denied permission to my user account.
      6. Is there any reason Raspberry Pi 1 is not listed in https://www.freedombox.org/download/stable/ even though the FreedomBox images are available for Raspberry Pi 1 on the FreedomBox FTP server?
      7. I messed up the installation of an application. Can I reinstall it somehow?
      8. A FreedomBox application has been removed from testing/stable. How do I manually install it?
  4. USE & APPLICATIONS
    1. General
      1. Display the FreedomBox version through the User Interface
    2. Network Admin
      1. Access your FreedomBox from the Internet
      2. Access Plinth from outside the local network
      3. How to have a homepage on https://freedombox.local/ or the public IP
      4. I would like to configure my network statically for now. How do I do that in the "Networks"-Setting?
      5. Changing the default IP range and class
      6. Display leased IP addresses
      7. Command-line interface: Port Forwarding in FreedomBox
    3. SIP Server (repro)
      1. Does anyone know the port that the SIP should be configured on?
    4. Chat Server (XMPP)
      1. Adding a new XMPP user
      2. Changing the password of a XMPP user
  5. ABOUT FREEDOMBOX COMMUNITY
    1. Contacting FreedomBox contributors
    2. What is the difference between progress calls and hack calls?
    3. How can I help FreedomBox get translated into my language?
  6. BUSINESS
    1. Can I use the FreedomBox logo?

1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION

1.1. What is FreedomBox?

1.2. What does FreedomBox do?

1.3. Can FreedomBox provide a secure email server?

1.4. Do I need technical expertise to start using FreedomBox?

1.5. What is the relationship between Debian and FreedomBox?

1.6. How can I ask a question?

1.7. How do I communicate with users outside of my local FreedomBox?

2. HARDWARE (SBC)

2.1. Which single board computer (SBC) do you recommend?

2.2. What is a single board computer (SBC)?

2.3. A thing that is new to me is Open Hardware. What makes open hardware open? Anything in particular that I should be aware of?

2.4. Do I need a single board computer such as Cubietruck or Raspberry Pi?

2.5. What level of performance should be expected with FreedomBox on SBCs?

2.6. Can you recommend a WiFi adapter that leverages free firmware?

3. DOWNLOAD & INSTALL

3.1. General

3.1.1. What does "flashing an SD card" mean?

3.1.2. Is FreedomBox a system in itself or must I first install Debian on a single-board computer?

3.1.3. What would be the benefit of first installing Debian, then FreedomBox packages?

3.1.4. What should I know about installing FreedomBox on SBCs?

3.1.5. The SD card is not detected through USB or OTG on a Cubietruck SSD edition. Did I miss something?

3.1.6. How well is the Olimex A20-OLinuXino-LIME2 officially supported?

3.1.7. Where can I find some documentation about a Cubietruck first boot?

3.1.8. The image I downloaded from the website seems to be broken. Can I build an image myself?

3.1.9. Default username and password

3.2. HowTo

3.2.1. Uninstall FreedomBox

3.2.2. Configuring a router to use dynamic DNS

  1. Find out the mac address and current local IP of your device running
  2. Open your router admistration web interface.
  3. Set Up an exception for your device as a static local IP.
  4. Create a port forwarding for 80 (http server) and 443 (https secure server) ports to your FreedomBox IP (made static).

  5. Leave the router interface; your public IP should now provide a direct access to your FreedomBox (use http://myip.datasystems24.de to find out your public IP).

3.2.3. Create a DNS name with GnuDIP

3.2.4. Upgrade FreedomBox from stable to testing

3.3. Troubleshooting

3.3.1. After the installation, I can only login via ssh with the account I had before running the FreedomBox setup script. How do I fix it?

3.3.2. I'm having some problems getting FreedomBox working on a BeagleBone Black. The latest release would boot once, but after the initial reboot it wouldn't boot again.

3.3.3. I'm trying to install FreedomBox on my Raspberry Pi 2B and the interface plinth does not install correctly.

3.3.4. http://freedombox.local/ gives "server not found" and nmap (0 hosts up). What did I miss?

3.3.5. Why can I not login to my user? I followed the instructions on installing freedombox on Debian sid and I'm stuck with a tty login denied permission to my user account.

3.3.6. Is there any reason Raspberry Pi 1 is not listed in https://www.freedombox.org/download/stable/ even though the FreedomBox images are available for Raspberry Pi 1 on the FreedomBox FTP server?

3.3.7. I messed up the installation of an application. Can I reinstall it somehow?

3.3.8. A FreedomBox application has been removed from testing/stable. How do I manually install it?

4. USE & APPLICATIONS

4.1. General

4.1.1. Display the FreedomBox version through the User Interface

4.2. Network Admin

4.2.1. Access your FreedomBox from the Internet

4.2.2. Access Plinth from outside the local network

4.2.3. How to have a homepage on https://freedombox.local/ or the public IP

4.2.4. I would like to configure my network statically for now. How do I do that in the "Networks"-Setting?

4.2.5. Changing the default IP range and class

4.2.6. Display leased IP addresses

4.2.7. Command-line interface: Port Forwarding in FreedomBox

4.3. SIP Server (repro)

4.3.1. Does anyone know the port that the SIP should be configured on?

4.4. Chat Server (XMPP)

4.4.1. Adding a new XMPP user

4.4.2. Changing the password of a XMPP user

5. ABOUT FREEDOMBOX COMMUNITY

5.1. Contacting FreedomBox contributors

5.2. What is the difference between progress calls and hack calls?

5.3. How can I help FreedomBox get translated into my language?

6. BUSINESS

6.1. Can I use the FreedomBox logo?


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