[Freedombox-discuss] Rouge Freedomboxes and government intervention

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Wed Jun 22 09:34:29 UTC 2011

On 11-06-22 at 09:08am, bertagaz at ptitcanardnoir.org wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 09:37:35PM +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > I want to address the problem of central logging of the activities 
> > of the masses _separately_ from the more complex problem of 
> > activists needing secrecy, anonymity and other powerful features.  
> > Because the first is easier and quicker solved than the second.  And 
> > because the first helps solve the second!
> And my point was to say that this separation (even explained again 
> like this, which was the way I understood your first mail), isn't this 
> obvious. Users are not so clearly divided in "the one who cares", and 
> "the one who don't" and helping "the one who don't" won't just so 
> obviously helps the others.  At least it isn't a reason not to think 
> and prepare all use cases.

We should continuously have all possible use cases in mind, but 
prioritize those easy to provide rather than those with most direct 
benefit for users involved in most obvious freedom-enabling activities.

Both segments care, else they don't buy FreedomBox at all.

Example: Karla is increasingly frustrated with her government, is 
politically active, and may start an uprising in 3 months.  Joanna is 
supportive of political activism but is more into partying and chasing 
guys, not willing to get up on the barricades.  Joanna and Karla both 
want a FreedomBox.  FreedomBox-dating already exist in Debian testing, 
but FreedomBox-stealth is still so flaky it is not even packaged for 
Debian yet.

Do we then...

 a) release FreedomBox 1.0 in 6 months with -dating only,
    and FreedomBox 2.0 in maybe 1 year with -stealth added,
    prioritizing all parts being reliable and maintainable.
 b) release FreedomBox 1.0 in 6 months with -dating and -stealth,
    prioritizing urgent features for urgent matters (even if flaky
    and perhaps even dangerous for Karla to use).
 c) release FreedomBox 1.0 in 1 month with -dating and -stealth,
    prioritizing urgent features for urgent matters (even if flaky
    and perhaps even dangerous for both Karla and Joanna to use).

 - Jonas

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