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

Jack Wilborn jkwilborn at gmail.com
Sat Jul 13 12:12:26 UTC 2013

I believe most are talking about the security issue of having a box that is
not as available to governments to get a hold of.  Most countries have some
type of protection about the home, although dictators obviously not...

It's also a cost/power decision, as the phone are much more powerful, but
can you get information on a great number of the internals.  In other words
are there proprietary chips inside that we don't have access?  This happens
more than you would think, and we have that problem with the Dreamplug as
we cannot get even a schematic of the device without signing a NDA (Non
Disclosure Agreement). So I don't know how it was chosen...

As these phones grow, maybe some people would like to spend the monies and
develop on these devices, but I don't think they are financially in our
reach or the type of platform that many of us want to develop on.  Have you
tried to get information such as all the chips and schematics of the whole
thing?  Usually that's a problem and it hinders development.  As it has
with the Dreamplug, which is low cost and has a ported Linux already
available from which to work.


On Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 2:29 AM, Robert Martinez <mail at mray.de> wrote:

> On 13/07/13 08:40, Dan Ballance wrote:
> >
> > 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?
> >
> >
> Hi there!
> There is probably lots of other stuff and more detailed thoughts around
> this interesting question, yet here is what comes to my mind:
> * Any service running on your mobile is extremely unreliable (think of
> poor connectivity at some times and the constant need for recharging)
> * truly free android "clients" are awesome (like replicant /
> cyanogenmod) but FreedomBox should be the server behind the services you
> use. Because servers are where the main surveillance infrastructure lies.
> * any mobile phone is - by nature - a tracking device.
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