[Freedombox-discuss] Hello & A Beginner's Question

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 16 18:34:04 UTC 2013

> From: Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk>
>To: petrock at member.fsf.org; Peter Rock <gnuosphere at gmail.com>; freedombox-discuss at lists.alioth.debian.org 
>Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:10 PM
>Subject: Re: [Freedombox-discuss] Hello & A Beginner's Question
>Hi Peter,
>Quoting Peter Rock (2013-01-16 16:29:24)
>> Hi, I'm new here and my name is Peter. I received a box from the 
>> Kickstarter effort and I'm trying to figure out how to get started. 
>> Sorry I am very new to this and don't really know what I'm doing but I 
>> want to learn about this device/software.
>> Following the Aug 2012 user guide, I got up to part E. Basic 
>> Procedures for Debugging. I have installed the required software 
>> (minicom) and plugged in the box correctly, I believe. I also ran the 
>> setup and changed the settings and then saved. But when I run
>> minicom -o marvell
>> at the terminal it doesn't offer any output.
>> One thing I did different is that the guide says to use Fedora 14 but 
>> I am running Fedora 17. Does this make a difference?
>Sounds like you are better helped by getting in touch with those who 
>provided you that box and wrote that user guide.

Just an FYI on the foundation that put together that Kickstarter project--
I sent at least two friendly inquiries about the project to
info at freedomboxfoundation.org, and an inquiry about donating to a
specific part of the project back in May or June 2012 to
donate at freedomboxfoundation.org.  Never received a reply from
either address.  So I'd advise against spending any time getting in
touch with the Foundation since it's probably wasted.

There's a thread about people already using their FBXs here:

Maybe have a look at what some of these devs have done with
their boxes and if any of those features interest you please feel
free to ask them here on this list how they set it up.  I'm sure it will
be more intensive to set up then whatever the instructions were in
your guide so be prepared to tinker for awhile.

I'd help you myself but I don't have a FBX to play with.


>This mailinglist is not a support forum but list about developing a 
>Debian-based box.  We use wiki pages below 
>http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox for our documentation and have not 
>written a user documentation yet.
>Don't get me wrong - I do not mean to push you away: You are more than 
>welcome to engage here, and you need not be experienced Debian geek.  
>Just want you to not make wrong expectations of this place as being a 
>support forum for user oriented stuff provided by others.
>- Jonas
>P.S.  Perhaps your box is a DreamPlug which you receieved from the 
>FreedomBox Foundation.  You can find their contact information here: 
>* Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
>* Tlf.: +45 40843136  Website: http://dr.jones.dk/
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