[Freedombox-discuss] What Do You want to use the FreedomBox for?

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Sun May 27 14:05:13 UTC 2012

On 12-05-27 at 08:22am, P S wrote:
> On May 27, 2012, at 1:21, Jonathan Wilkes <jancsika at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >> So let us standardize hardware and protocols for Proper Net 
> >> Connection.
> > 
> > I am very much in favor of that journey.  But knowing that the 
> > Freedombox is really about taking currently existing software and 
> > having it interoperate underneath a good user-interface, and after 
> > having seen the current tools out there for privacy-preservation, 
> > you will understand if I am very guarded about what the Freedombox 
> > can offer non-expert users sitting behind a very user-unfriendly 
> > wireless router & dsl modem.
> Can Freedombox-usable UI/feature improvements be upstreamed to DD-WRT 
> or OpenWRT?

FreedomBox use Debian. Debian is not downstream to DD-WRT or OpenWRT: 
They are all distributions, so more like parallel branches of the 
"streams" of FLOSS development.

It is all Free software, so reuse is both permitted and encouraged. And 
the mentioned systems are all POSIX so it is technically possible. 
Whether or not reuse is sensible is another matter: As an example, if 
FreedomBox makes a UI for filtering, choosing and installing Debian 
packages, that will most likely be tied closely to Debian-specific 
mechanisms like debconf and debtags, so is unlikely to appear in DD-WRT 
or OpenWRT.

You may wanna look at http://www.debwrt.net/ if you want the most reuse 
of Debian inventions on *WRT style systems.


 - Jonas

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