[Freedombox-discuss] Why plug servers and not smart phones?

Dan Ballance tzewang.dorje at gmail.com
Sat Jul 13 06:40:22 UTC 2013

Hi guys,

Can anyone explain to me why the Freedombox project is targeting plug
servers on home networks instead of smart devices in our pockets?

I'm sure there's a very good reason for this, but I got into a discussion
recently and realised I didn't have a proper explanation for this. People's
lives are increasingly integrated with smart devices in their pocket and
these devices are now used by companies to track and profile everything we
do and say - even our geographical movements. What is the reason for
targeting plug servers instead of, say, common smart phones that many
people possess? These devices are increasingly powerful computers. I
suppose the quickest path would be to take the existing open source Android
code and build on top of that - but I realise that would exclude all of
those lovely Debian packages. But there are mobile/ARM projects already out
there in the Debian world are there not?

In a nutshell,  I was just wondering whether a secure,  private server in
my pocket that protects my privacy whilst I communicate would be more in
keeping with current trends than a server to plugin and access from home?

Probably I am missing something here - explanations welcomed!
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