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Freedom Box Project

Inspired by Eben Moglen's vision of a small, cheap and simple computer that serves freedom in the home. We are building a Debian based platform for distributed applications.

freedombox.png Freedom Box is about:

  • privacy
  • control
  • ease of use
  • dehierarchicalization

Vision Statement

We live in a world where our use of the network is mediated by organizations that often do not have our best interests at heart. By building software that does not rely on a central service, we can regain control and privacy. By keeping our data in our homes, we gain useful legal protections over it. By giving back power to the users over their networks and machines, we are returning the Internet to its intended peer-to-peer architecture.

In order to bring about the new network order, it is paramount that it is easy to convert to it. The hardware it runs on must be cheap. The software it runs on must be easy to install and administrate by anybody. It must be easy to transition from existing services.

There are a number of projects working to realize a future of distributed services; we aim to bring them all together in a convenient package.

Talks and presentations are available here.

Project Resources

Want to contribute?

Work pages

  • ?/Roadmap

    • ?0.2 Release TODOs

    • ?Unscheduled TODOs

    • ?Beta Release TODOs

    • ?1.0 Release TODOs

  • Hackfests, where we get together to work on items from the roadmap.
  • ?Getting started

    • ?Virtual Box Images

    • ?/DreamPlug

      • ?/DreamPlug/Firmware

  • ?Being "FreedomBox Ready"

1. Code and Projects

Freedom Maker

The central hub of the FreedomBox project, it builds and installs the file-system image that turns any computer into a FreedomBox.

http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=freedombox/freedom-maker.git;a=summary Bdale's master repository.

https://github.com/nickdaly/freedom-maker Nick Daly's fork. Experimental changes go in the "shiny" branch to bake (at 400F for 48 minutes) before being pulled into Bdale's master.


The FreedomBox's UI

https://github.com/nickdaly/plinth Nick Daly's master repository

https://github.com/jvasile/plinth James Vasile's previous master repository.

http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=freedombox/plinth.git on Alioth


The FreedomBox configuration tool (merged with Plinth)

https://gitorious.org/exmachina/exmachina Nick Daly's master repository.

FreedomBox Privoxy

The FreedomBox version of Privoxy

https://github.com/jvasile/freedombox-privoxy James Vasile's master repository.

https://github.com/NickDaly/freedombox-privoxy Nick Daly's fork.

https://www.gitorious.org/~clint/freedombox-privoxy Clint's fork.

https://www.gitorious.org/~chinchani/freedombox-privoxy/chinchani-freedombox-privoxy Ram's fork.

A secure and resilient communication tool.

https://gitorious.org/~NickDaly/FreedomBuddy Nick Daly's master.

Project Publish
An easy-to-use publishing tool.

https://gitorious.org/project-publish/project-publish Nick Daly's master.

With SQLite

A database-management Python package (in Debian).

https://github.com/NickDaly/withsqlite Nick Daly's master.

https://github.com/jvasile/withsqlite James Vasile's earlier master.

2. Ideas

  • ?Current Progress

  • ?/Requirements

  • ?/DesignAndToDos

  • ?/FirstHandsOn, or how will the owner install her box.

  • ?/BoxConfiguration

  • ?Client/Server Communication

  • ?/IdentityManagement

  • ?/Tools, where links to tools used to develop the FreedomBox are put together.

  • /Configs, a page to write down all the configuration of software that will be shipped in the FreedomBox

  • ?/DistributedNaming

  • ?/Connections, how users connect to FreedomBoxes from FreedomBoxes and the outside Internet

User experience

  • ?Visual identity

  • ?Users and Use Cases

  • ?User interface

  • ?User Stories

Software & protocols

  • /LeavingTheCloud

  • ?/ExampleProjects

  • ?End user requirements brainstorm

  • ?/SoftwareRequirements

  • ?Verification of crypto keys on mobile devices


Tell people about FreedomBox

Test it