Welcome

Welcome to the FreedomBox community! The FreedomBox software is actively developed by a global community of contributors. We eagerly welcome new contributors like you!

This page was designed to introduce you to our resources and to help you start making contributions.

About Our Project

The FreedomBox project accepts contributions from anyone who wants to submit code, designs, translations, documentation, etc. Though our core team is small, 100+ people have made contributions to FreedomBox throughout the years. We rely on our volunteer contributors!

As FreedomBox is a Debian pure blend, it enjoys a close relationship with Debian. All applications on FreedomBox are installed as Debian packages. The FreedomBox project itself distributes its software through Debian repositories. Many FreedomBox contributors come straight from the Debian developer community.

Our Release Cycle

The FreedomBox team publishes new releases once every two weeks. Typically, 6-12 people contribute code to any given release. Our core team actively works with contributors to review code and integrate contributions into upcoming releases. Sometimes, we are busy and need some time to review code. But if you want someone’s attention, you’re always welcome to ask a core team member for help!

The Wiki

You are currently on the FreedomBox wiki. It is one of our most powerful resources. Our wiki has an extensive Manual, Release Notes, and other helpful material.

To learn more about contributing to our project, check out the contributor’s guide: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Contribute

The Core Team

Members of our core team lead our project and make steady contributions within each release cycle. If you have any questions or concerns about making contributions, please consult the core team. You can discuss areas of contribution, brainstorm ideas, request to be assigned a simple task or get guidance on implementation. Please feel free to reach out! Our team members are usually available on IRC, respond on the discussion forum and all are willing to exchange email. While many queries are responded to in a day or so, sometimes the team members may be on vacation and may be otherwise busy. Please give the team at least a couple of days to respond before reposting the query.

How We Communicate

We use a few platforms to communicate with each other. Each platform has its own uses, but don't worry about accidentally posting to the wrong communication platform in the beginning.

GitLab

Generally, discussion about in-progress development matters happens on GitLab as comments on Issues and Merge Requests.

GitLab project: https://salsa.debian.org/groups/freedombox-team/

Current issues: https://salsa.debian.org/groups/freedombox-team/-/issues

Forum

Most communication in the FreedomBox project happens on our forum: https://discuss.freedombox.org

Our forum has categories for Announcements, Community, Development, Feedback, and Support. Use the Development category to discuss new ideas which aren’t yet ready for GitLab, and use the other categories to engage our community!

IRC

We have two IRC channels, and both of them are active everyday. If you don't get a response on IRC within a few hours, please post your query on the discussion forum.

General IRC channel: irc.debian.org/freedombox

Development IRC channel: irc.debian.org/freedombox-dev

Biweekly Conference Calls

We have regular progress calls to hear from everyone about their work and keep everyone on track. Calls are scheduled to last one hour, with time for additional discussion afterward. Calls are open and no invitation is needed. Join our next call to meet our team! Learn more here: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ProgressCalls

Mailing List

We also have a mailing list which can be used for general discussion, but we generally prefer to use our forum for discussions: https://alioth-lists.debian.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/freedombox-discuss


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