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.
Freedom Box is about:
- ease of use
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.
- Work pages:
Alioth project: https://alioth.debian.org/projects/freedombox/
Identi.ca group: https://identi.ca/group/freedombox
IRC channel created on OFTC #freedombox irc://irc.oftc.net/#freedombox
Preinstalled images to work on (qemu or virtualbox) are available at http://pagekite.net/community/DebianFB/
Talks and presentations
- Eben's NYU Freedom in the cloud talk:
High download bandwith (audio, video): http://www.isoc-ny.org/?p=1338
Alternative location (text, audio, video): http://www.softwarefreedom.org/news/2010/feb/08/audio-and-video-eben-moglens-talk-freedom-cloud-no/
Related interview (text): http://www.h-online.com/open/features/Interview-Eben-Moglen-Freedom-vs-the-Cloud-Log-955421.html
- Eben's Debconf10 Silver lining in the cloud/Freedom Box talk:
Debconf10 event page (video): http://penta.debconf.org/dc10_schedule/events/641.en.html
- GNUnet presentations from GNU Hackers meeting:
Look under "GNUnet Workshop" (slides, video): http://www.gnu.org/ghm/2010/denhaag/
- This week in Debian Episode 16
Interview with Jonas Smedegaard, discussing the Freedom Box: http://frostbitemedia.libsyn.com/this-week-in-debian-episode-16-
Eben's talk at ?FosDem (Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting, 5-6 February 2011)
(If those links don't work, click on keynote links here: http://fosdem.org/2011/demand-streaming)