The last two weeks have been very busy ones for the FreedomBox development community. The two hackfests I mentioned in the previous email, at the annual Debian conference (DebCon) in Nicaragua and at before the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference in New York, were well attended and very productive. I will cover the highlights here and anyone who is interested in more details, in particular about the activities at HOPE, should take a look at the most recent news at the freedomboxfoundation.org website.
The biggest highlight is that we will have an initial developer release at the end of the month. We are working very hard over the weekend to figure out if we will have that internally with enough time to print the CD and microSD cards we will be shipping as part of the kickstarter rewards. Expect final word on that this coming Tuesday.
Some major development effort went into clearing the way for that release, including:
- The DreamPlug hardware has now been fully integrated into the Debian free software distribution, which means that we can begin using Debian tools for updating and maintaining the FreedomBox image and that we will benefit from the whole community's security patching and bug fixing work, freeing us to focus on privacy tools and configurations that are of particular importance to us.
- Plinth, the web based configuration tool, is now connected to a general purpose configuration system, which gives us significant flexibility to integrate different software tools going forward.
- Freedom-buddy, our censorship and firewall resistant box-to-box communication tool, now has its first live service: OpenVPN. This is an important milestone both because it provides a live example of how other services can be configured to use the freedom-buddy infrastructure and because OpenVPN is a powerful privacy preserving tool at home and abroad.
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