[Freedombox-discuss] FreedomBox 0.3 Released!

Nick Daly nick.m.daly at gmail.com
Wed Jan 21 04:21:40 UTC 2015

Hi folks, I'm proud to announce that FreedomBox version 0.3 has been
released!  This release comes ten months after the previous, 0.2

The FreedomBox version 0.3 is available here:


Before using, you should verify the image's signature, see
https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Download for further instructions:

$ gpg --keyserver hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-keys 0x36C361440C9BC971

$ gpg --fingerprint 0x36C361440C9BC971

    pub   4096R/0C9BC971 2011-11-12
          Key fingerprint = BCBE BD57 A11F 70B2 3782
                            BC57 36C3 6144 0C9B C971
    uid                  Sunil Mohan Adapa <sunil at medhas.org>
    sub   4096R/4C1D4B57 2011-11-12

$ gpg --verify freedombox-unstable_2015-01-15_beaglebone-armhf-card.tar.bz2.sig freedombox-unstable_2015-01-15_beaglebone-armhf-card.tar.bz2

(Replace the file names with the version you download.)

Thanks to the many folks who helped put this release together and
especially Sunil and Petter who are regularly building and publishing
updated images.

More information on this release is available on the wiki:


Major FreedomBox 0.3 Changes:

- Add BeagleBone support.  We now have images for BeagleBone,
  RaspberryPi, VirtualBox i386/amd64, and DreamPlug.

- Ability to enable and use Tor Hidden Services.  Works with
  Ejabberd/JWChat and ownCloud services.

- Enable Tor obfsproxy with scramblesuit.

- Drop well-known root password (an account with sudo capabilities still
  exists for now but will be removed soon).

- Switch to unstable as suite of choice for easier development.

- Newer images are built with systemd by default (due to Debian change).

- Install and operate firewall automatically (uses firewalld).

- Major restructuring of Plinth UI using Python3, Django web development
  framework and Bootstrap3.  Code quality is much better and UI is more

- Introduced packaging framework in Plinth UI for on-demand application

- Documentation updates.

- Many bug fixes and cleanups.

Unfortunately, some known issues do exist:

- ownCloud requires removing /etc/owncloud/config.php after installation
  for Plinth to enable it properly.

However, other known issues have already been fixed upstream:

- etckeeper commit doesn't work during first-run.

- Wi-Fi AP isn't automatically available on Dreamplug. The interface
  needs to be created manually.

Please discuss, test, and enjoy.  Please also join us on the mailing
list, IRC, or on the monthly progress calls:

- List: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/freedombox-discuss/

- IRC: irc://irc.debian.org/freedombox

- Calls: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ProgressCalls

Happy hacking,

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