[Freedombox-discuss] Comparable project?

Tony Godshall togo at of.net
Tue Jun 14 18:03:23 UTC 2011

Freedombox = XS + privacy


On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 9:55 AM, William Gardella <gardellawg at gmail.com> wrote:
> There was a discussion last week of the One Laptop Per Child XO-1 and
> its mesh networking capabilities, but an aspect of the OLPC project that
> might be even more interesting to Freedomboxers is the "school servers,"
> also known as XSes.  The operating system and toolset for the XSes aims
> to provide a surprisingly similar feature set to some of the things that
> get discussed for the Freedombox:
> - Being easy(ish) to administer for non-technical people, important for
>  a school deployment in places where having a dedicated sysadmin is
>  pretty unlikely
> - Encouraging good security practices (instructor and student PCs always
>  use public-key authentication to communicate with the server, never
>  just user name and password; the admin interface for the XS itself
>  uses one-time pads)
> - Acting as a NAS for the student machines
> - Acting as an internet gateway and caching Web proxy for wireless mesh
>  networks
> - Providing a web server and content management system
> - Providing a Jabber server for collaborative work (on the XS, this is a
>  heavily patched Ejabberd that allows XOs to share school activities
>  via Telepathy when out of mesh range)
> - Being suitable for relatively low-power, modestly specced systems
>  (OLPC schools in areas with poor electrification have used fanless
>  low-watt boxes like the Aleutia T1 and netbooks like the first
>  generation Eeepc as school servers)
> It's pretty tightly integrated into Sugar, the XO operating environment,
> and of course the installation images are Fedora-based, but the XS might
> be an interesting basis for comparison and discussion for some of the
> capabilities we want the Freedombox to have.
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Best Regards.
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