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NOK 55,537 pledged of NOK 2,000,000 goal
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By Arne Peder Blix
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About this project

Access shared resources and information globally
Access shared resources and information globally

Why?

  • Reduce complexity
  • Restore trust in sharing data
  • Get control and ownership of your digital life

What?

  • A single desktop computer made up of many different computers
  • Portability - use it from anywhere – on any device
  • Access all your email, calendars, tasks, pictures, files etc. from one portal -any screen - any device 
  • No more USB-sticks – just an Internet connection
  • Improve your work flow – start on one device – continue on another

How?  

  • Help people make storage-space and resources more useful and meaningful to users
  • Share your apps and information with friends and co-workers in a secure way 
  • You decide who can access your data - no one else can see it
  • Control any device you own from anywhere in a secure way 
  • You decide where you keep your data

For all users - get the full picture

The Friend Unifying Platform (www.friendos.com) is a unique, secure, powerful and easy to use distributed service that allows for quick access to your digital life including all current and future email accounts, files, calendars, tasks, documents and photos. Device and browser neutral.

You can store everything safely in one place or leave it where it is and just access it directly via Friend. 

Friend also has a robust chat, video/audio conferencing, streaming and file-transfer functionality from an intuitive interface. All this will work from any laptop, tablet, mobile or public device. 

Friend reduces the complexity of dealing with multiple operating systems and browsers. It allows for direct and secure access to what you need - when you need it. 

Friend also contains a FriendStore where you can amplify and extend the experience with both free and paid for apps, games, utilities and more (including buying storage space, rent/run proprietary software etc). 

For developers, Friend lets you develop software across all platforms (including Internet of Things).

The FriendUP OS for everything comes with the following standard features and applications 

  • Email that syncs all your email accounts and stores it in one place
  • Calendar and tasks that syncs all your other accounts to one place
  • Files, documents, photos
  • Chat, video/audio conferencing, streaming and file-transfer functionality
  • No pop-ups and no targeted marketing
  • Ad-block proxy filters helping you decide what information
  • Select your own security level 

For individuals - FriendUP Home 

  • Free up to 15 GB of space 
  • Buy more storage and functionality in the FriendStore when you need it
  • Up to 500Mbps connection Includes safe, reliable backup stored in Norway
  • Access from anywhere

FriendUP Professional

  • 9,99 USD/month for up to 200 Gb of space 
  • Buy more storage and functionality in the FriendStore when you need it
  • 1Gbps connection (can be upgraded in the FriendStore) 
  • Remote wipe ready 
  • Functionality for teams 
  • VPN capability 

FriendUP Business

  • 99 USD / user / month for up to 1 Tb of space 
  • Buy as much storage as you need as well as additional functionality in the Friend Store
  • 1Gbps connection (can be upgraded in the FriendStore/contact us) 
  • VPN capability 
  • Remote wipe ready 
  • Contact us for offers on customizable hosting environment (tailored  local caching and other requirements) 
  • Unlimited file recovery 
  • File sharing controls 
  • Priority support

More 

At Friend Software Labs,
we're developing a new operating system that builds on top of all the platforms you know. We're deploying our Friend Core on Linux, Mac, Windows and Android, to mention a few. Friend Core is written in C, and is highly portable.

In our Open Source version, we include all the development tools you need to write applications, drivers, libraries, services and modules - everything you can imagine. If you want to develop using your favourite IDE, or using a custom framework - that's fine. We want to stress that developing for FriendUP will be as easy as possible.

We're also including our own graphical developer tools. By using Artisan, our programmers editor and FriendUP IDE, you can develop rich applications directly in our desktop environment. This allows you to write and test your application as quickly as possible. We're even working on streaming native GUI applications through RDP, so that you can test your Windows, Mac and Linux applications directly in FriendUP.

The Open Source version of FriendUP is not limited in scope - you can develop any type of application without paying for a commercial license. Additionally, you get access to a nicely written developer manual, accessible for download or readable directly in your browser.

Friend Unifying Platform
Friend Unifying Platform

We're using these operating systems as drivers in our meta operating system. We are building the OS “top-down” instead of “bottom-up”. In other words, we take the strengths and capabilities from whatever system runs your hardware and deliver them to you in one unifying platform, along with a plethora of other wonderful applications and features. 

FriendUP Design Philosophy
FriendUP Design Philosophy
FriendUP Architecture -concept
FriendUP Architecture -concept
Static vs. Dynamic OS
Static vs. Dynamic OS

Risks and challenges

STATUS OF WORK AND ROAD MAP
We have so far invested a lot of thinking, time and effort into this project. We built a prototype in 2014 and since January 2015, we have had a stable core (Friend Core) up and running in C. The plan for completion of the rest of the OS is ready and we are currently busy wrapping features and functionality around the Friend Core.

Today, we are about 60% of the way towards completing the December targets. We seek your help to finalize this work.

The challenge today is not whether we can build it right, but rather to continue to build the right thing in the right sequence to ensure we get ready on time.

USE OF FUNDS
The Kickstarter funds will cover salaries for our starved developers so that they can work full-time on the project and help us all getting the final work done. We will also hire additional developers, several of which are already familiar with the project.

The more resources we can add, the quicker we will be able to launch and the more we can make available as Stretch Targets in the Open Source version.

PEOPLE
It always comes down to the people behind any project.
We have the technical expertise (team led by Hogne Titlestad) and the international business development experience (team led by Arne Peder Blix) needed to pull this off. Given the size of the project and the areas to cover, we continue to seek guidance and input from the best and brightest in the industry. A lot of the talent we find valuable in our work has a background with AMIGA and/or comes out from the Demo scene. We will remain open and on the constant lookout for talent who can add value to the project. If you want to contribute - feel free to contact us!

BOUNTY PROGRAM
We will establish a bounty program - feel free to show us APIs, functionality and concepts that could help attract more developers.

OPENS SOURCE VS COMMERCIAL LICENSE
The FriendUP construct, consisting of Friend Core and its standard features, applications and functionality, will be licensed as Open Source under the AGPLv3.

We will strive to maintain the delicate balance between the Open Source -part of the project vs. running a sound commercial operation. The challenge is to ensure that we have sufficient revenue on the commercial licenses which enables us to stand fast on solid ground when it comes to keeping the Open Source -part of the project strong and healthy. Your contributions will help us reach this mature stable state.

All additional funding beyond the Target will further strengthen our position in this regard.

COMMERCIAL VS HUMANITARIAN
We will remain humble to our very ambitious task. The Friend Unifying Platform is a humanitarian effort as much as it is a commercial project. It needs to be commercial to some degree in order to succeed on the humanitarian side.

ETHICAL, SAFETY AND SECURITY ISSUES
When developing a new OS, one needs to be aware of and take into account the ethical, safety and security aspects. We are acutely aware of the need to ensure the integrity of the OS. Our attitudes towards these issues will reflect the quality and integrity of the OS. We are uncompromisingly concerned about the current ongoing battle for data privacy, individual freedom, freedom to operate, democracy and all good and Friendly things.

We believe the concept of friendship represents the best dynamic and functional "standard" for what we are trying to achieve; Any thinking entity will be able to understand what is “friendly” and hence also immediately know what is not. As long as we keep our project and commercial operation Friendly and true to our mission, we will remain on the right track.

PARTNERS
Our b2b distribution model includes working with a wide range of partners and distributors. We are on the constant lookout for potential projects and partners. We are open to discuss research projects as well as commercial projects.

HUMBLE AND OPEN FOR INPUT
We will do our utmost to ensure that we can provide the best platform which technology can reasonably provide.

This is our humanitarian pledge.

Feel free to contact us, should you have any questions. We are open for and will listen to input.

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