[Freedombox-discuss] First experience

pascal heynmoeller at gmx.net
Mon Nov 6 16:33:41 UTC 2017

Am 06.11.2017 um 17:18 schrieb Pascal:
> Hi
> Am 6. November 2017 14:28:54 MEZ schrieb GDR! <gdr at gdr.name>:
>> Hello,
>> I'm not a novice user and I've dealt with all the problems listed, no
>> need for assistance, but I wanted to show what installing Freedombox is
>> like for a new user now. It's a QA report, not a rant.
>> I've downloaded Freedombox 0.9 image for Virtualbox. It imported nicely
>> and I was able to see the web interface.
>> Problem 1: Chromium isn't happy to show http://freedombox/ and there's
>> no MOTD on screen suggesting which IP address to use.
>> Okay, so let's see what's available. I wanted to install Pagekite -
>> Problem 2: getting an error about dpkg being locked.
>> After logging in I figured out that unattended-upgrades is running.
>> When it was done, I tried installing the Pagekite again.
>> Problem 3: after upgrade is finished, web interface is dead.
>> Okay, I'll try to reboot the VM then.
>> Problem 4: after reboot, nothing is listening on ports 80 and 443
>> Looks like Apache failed to start, `systemctl start apache2` worked but
>> the web interface is very incomplete (missing the left column).
>> Something is very wrong. Turns out, package configuration wasn't
>> finished and `dpkg -a --configure` was needed, followed by `apt-get -f
>> install`. The failed packages were: freedombox-setup and plinth. After
>> that, I was able to see the web interface and install Pagekite.
>> Problem 5: /plinth/sys/pagekite/configure/ displays error 500 -
>> reported: https://github.com/freedombox/Plinth/issues/1119
>> I guess all of these problems, except for #5, could be solved by
>> releasing a new set of images - the current ones are from July 2016:
>> http://ftp.skolelinux.org/pub/freedombox/
> The Mirror is very outdated
> More recent images can be found on http://freedombox.org/download/
> and http://ftp.freedombox.org/pub/freedombox/
> Thank you for your feedback.
> We should remove the outdated mirror from the wiki.
Done. https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Download
> Chromium also doesn't like selfsigned certificates so we should advice to use Firefox.
> Pascal

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