[Freedombox-discuss] Raspberry Pi 2

Elena ``of Valhalla'' Grandi valhalla-d at trueelena.org
Thu Feb 5 09:45:30 UTC 2015

Non-native speaker here, too, so please be understanding if the tone 
sounds harsh or "wrong"

On 2015-02-05 at 00:26:18 +0100, Sikko wrote:
> There are a few other scenario's to consider.
> Would you like more people to use Freedombox or are you OK with just a
> few people using it?
> Which scenario would be your preference:
> -Millions of Freedombox users on RPI's getting warned by the box once in
> a while to make sure to upgrade to OSHW boards and why, while protecting
> each other from being an easy target? If RPi is breached, it will still
> be more difficult to capture "all".

This scenario sounds quite implausible to me, for a number of reasons.

First of all, the fact that millions of RPI are in the wild does not
mean that they are all running freedombox: sadly most of the people who
owns them won't have heard about its existence, and then at least some 
of them have bought the RPI to devote it to some specific task, and 
are going to need to buy a new board for the FB anyway.

The second reason is that AFAIK (but I could be wrong) there is no plan
to write a software to detect the board / computer one is running FB on 
and nag the user if it is not free enough: up to now the choice of
suported hardware has been used just to promote it on the web site 
to people who are looking for a board to buy to run the FB on.

> So maybe some people will only have access to RPi's (or think so,
> because you haven’t been explaining it clearly to all 7 billion people
> yet.) and will try to use FreedomBox with it.

Once people hit the freedombox page and get to know the name of 
a few OSHW boards, getting them is just as easy as buying a RPI: 
I've just searched for olinuxino and beagleboard on amazon and they are 
both available on prime with next day delivery, just like the raspberry.

Elena ``of Valhalla''

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