[Freedombox-discuss] FreedomBox in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Sep 26 09:46:07 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 12:47:39AM +0200, Marc Manthey wrote:
>>> Huawei sells Serval-capable phones for 100 USD, or thereabouts.
> thanks for the pointer, i  will try to get one at
> http://www.lidl.de/de/Handy-Zubehoer/HUAWEI-Technologies-Smartphone-Huawei-X3

Make sure that Ideos X3 can be rooted, or has alternative firmware available.
Cursory web search indicates it can be rooted.


Notice that while you have e.g. SSH and busybox, and can login into your
phone via WLAN there are no Debian-like depositories from which you can
apt-get your packages. That needs to be fixed to make a smartphone a
useful platform for FBX.

> or
> http://www.fonic.de/html/android_smartphone_huawei_ideos_x3.html
>> I was going to say that no activist in Yemen, libya or Egypt could
>> afford these prices
> If thats the case , what is the solution ? Waiting 3  years till devices 
> gets cheaper ?

Smartphones are bought instead of personal computers, and are
frequently community-owned (e.g. a village in Africa buys a single
smartphone with multiuser capabilities).

> Otherwise a linksys WRT54 series router http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series
> would be the only affordable device whitch could run a linux  
> distribution e.g. https://openwrt.org/
> (bought several used on ebay for about 30 € )

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