FreedomBox is now stable (2015/12/31)
Thanks to the quality of [its discussion] list, my experience with FreedomBox as a potential platform has been superb. I'm eager to engineer as much of HIE of One as possible around FreedomBox and Plinth because it would complement the current FreedomBox application suite and because adoption of both FreedomBox and HIE of One is likely to be improved. The timing also seems to work as FreedomBox is now stable enough to be a net plus as a platform for a new community like HIE of One.
Power is a factor (2015/12/20)
Hello, i am Sunil, a techie and contributor to FreedomBox project. I started using personally FreedomBox about 4-6 months ago. I have been experimenting with Radxa Rock (mini PC) for a bit longer and been using FreedomBox for development in a virtual machine for about 20 months now.
ownCloud is my most used application. I am using ownCloud to sync my important personal and project files between my desktop and laptop. ownCloud is particularly useful because I don't need to sync to services like Google. Data stays with me. At home. I have never believed that another party holding my data is a good thing. Other than email for which I had to bow, I never uploaded my data to other services. I started thinking about my own hosting for more than 5 years, perhaps 10 because of instinct, I guess, and also thanks to my learnings from Free Software culture (>15 years). I could keep ownCloud in my desktop without using it in FreedomBox, but power is a factor, I shutdown my desktop often. A single board computer (SBC) and FreedomBox seem like a good thing for power, I can keep on all the time.
I am also using Transmission for BitTorrent downloads. My hard disk is attached to the FreedomBox. It downloads into that. This is so that my wife and I can share the hard disk drive and simultaneously large files (> 500 MB).
I use Mumble on other FreedomBox not mine. One on Swecha (Free Software Foundation Andhra Pradesh) and one on FreedomBox foundation server. I will soon start using Quassel for IRC discussions and Wi-Fi router functions. Quassel will be very important to me to stay online all the time. I have not yet replaced my Wi-Fi router. I will be doing that soon. I don't trust my WiFi it is old and proprietary.
No Freedom in Isolation (2015/12/16)
Hi, i'm Ruben, I try to help and encourage great things to happen and make life an adventure, for me and for others.
I'm now using FreedomBox intermittently, but plan to change over my services at home from version 7.2 onward. I am using at home a brew system that provides these services: XMPP as my personal chat/phone system, at home and mobile; ownCloud installs for different projects to collaborate with others a lot; quassel-core 24/7 for years, it is my lifeline to information; a number of OpenVPN connections, and they are vital to my work and contacts; tor on many protocols already, for instance to get my RSS feeds. If i want to get regular info from a site, but do not need them having my info. I am not able to sync my contacts with ownCloud, but the agenda is working very good. I'm not knowledgeable about reStore, but would like to use it more.
I need FreedomBox to be able to get others to work on the same base, and it is not viable to ask them to do what i did, learn all that stuff etc. There is no freedom in isolation. I would like to setup a personal "social contact" service, to let my incrowd use that to keep on top of my activities.
I have a list of people i spoke to about FreedomBox. I do not show them the box, i explain the functionalities, and ask them to explain the FreedomBox to me. Their feedback is in a nutshell: if you want me to use it extensively, it should be more adaptable to my personality.