[Freedombox-discuss] Getting started with fbx...

Sunil Mohan Adapa sunil at medhas.org
Tue Apr 7 15:05:31 UTC 2015

On Tuesday 07 April 2015 01:24 AM, tsr.offentlig at tsr.se wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm interested in getting started with fbx but I don't really know how.
> I hope you can help me :)
> But before I do ask for help with what hw to get and how to set it up I would like to explain what I'm hoping to accomplish by setting up a fbx - maybe there is a better fit for me out there atm (before 1.0 is out).
> I want a small, silent server that I can use to:
> - access my email on
> - access files (and allow others to access some of them too)
> - access a remoteStorage on
> - deploy small rS-backed apps on
> - easily route some traffic through Tor for anonymous blogging, etc 
> - help fbx become easier for beginners
> Some things about me that may be relevant:
> - I can follow instructions and know how to duck for things on the internet. 
> - I can't really code anything but simple stuff that I don't dare to get close to really important stuff.
> - I'm slightly scared of bricking hw so I need hw that is hard to brick or at least easy to unbrick.
> - I live in Sweden so prefer EU-based merchants wrt shipping.
> OK, that's it, please go ahead and let me know if you think that fbx could work out for me.

First, I have to warn that FreedomBox is under development right now and
there are a few hiccups.  Only a small set of services are available
under Plinth UI for simple administration.  For the remaining, you will
have to configure/maintain manually as in Debian.  Get a feel for it in
a virtual machine first.

You can see the list of hardware for which FreedomBox images are built
for[1].  We recommend Open Source Hardware.  If you like a device and
FreedomBox image is not readily available and Debian can be installed on
it, then you can follow these[2] instructions to install FreedomBox on
top of Debian,  For most hardware, you can install FreedomBox on SD card
and restore it if things don't work out.  There is little chance of

Do let us know how things go.

1) https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Hardware
2) https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Hardware/Debian


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