[Freedombox-discuss] Ubuntu and Freedom Box?

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Sun Nov 7 14:44:15 UTC 2010

On 7 November 2010 13:57, Matt Zimmerman <mdz at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 07:58:03PM +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
>> More specifically: Ubuntu has a different view on what hardware is
>> relevant to support. Where Debian generally aim at hardware still
>> possible to buy (ARMv5 or ARMv6), Ubuntu aim at hardware expected
>> popular to buy in the near future (ARMv7).
> Correct.
>> Ubuntu is a business, working directly with hardware vendors:
>> Interested in pushing sales of new hardware.
> Ubuntu is a free software platform, derived from Debian.  Being a
> user-centric project, we're keen to focus on hardware which provides the
> best experience for users.  Ubuntu Netbook Edition and Desktop Edition are
> simply a lot more pleasant to use (read: usable at all) on modern ARM
> hardware.
> Canonical is a business, working with hardware vendors, who are interested
> in selling their products.  Most of them are selling traditional
> embedded-class platforms as well as newer, high-performance ones, but
> Canonical's services are more appropriate for the latter.
>> Debian is a community, working directly with users: Interested in
>> extending the lifespan of hardware.
> Let's work together where it is beneficial to do so. :-)


Eben Moglen in his seminal talk 'Freedom in the Cloud' (the
inspiration behind FB) suggested building 'The Debian GNU Linux Social
Networking Stack'.  He also mentions Ubuntu


Having rewatched the vid here's the items he mentions needs to built:

A Couple of USB Ports -> done USB2 (we want USB3, right?)
Wifi -> Done
Keeps the Logs -> done
Bring Itself Up -> done

Web Server ->  suggest apache is doable
Microblog -> GNU Social / status.net (I think application platform is
also implied here)
Collect Your Stuff from Social Networks -> need to build 'drivers' for
this, OStatus, APIs, FB Download etc.
Find your Friends -> Suggest FOAF/HTML5, also Portable Contacts

Locks it Down -> I guess this is encryption / PKI, secure file stores
Register Dynamic DNS -> ???
Send Encrypted Backup to Friends -> To be built
Automatic Updates -> to be built

Also Mentioned

Tor Router
Bittorrent Client

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