FreedomBox: A personal server for Privacy and Security


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Oct 11, 2021 GMT

Jon maddog Hall

Over the next couple of weeks, this blog will be a “living attempt” to acquaint people with the functionality and setup of a personal FreedomBox Internet server that is suitable for supporting one person or a community of people.

In addition to helping people in setting up the basic FreedomBox software, as time allows I will be expanding this blog entry to install some of the useful functionality inside of FreedomBox and additional functionality that cannot really be distributed preconfigured with the distribution.

FreedomBox can be set up on a variety of hardware and operating system scenarios but a lot of people buy a single board computer such as the official FreedomBox Pioneer from Olimex, a company in Bulgaria that specializes in Open Hardware and is an official partner of FreedomBox, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

The FreedomBox Pioneer comes in different plug types, but the one recommended for the USA and Canada is the FreedomBox Pioneer with the two flat prong plug.  Otherwise, you can get one of the other models that have the two round plugs for Europe and the rest of the world, or the UK plug we all know and “love”.
As an option you can add a drive bay with a 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD up to two TB in size, or just buy the “Drive Bay” and add your own 2.5” SATA device.
Olimex is very fast in handling orders and shipping. Items ordered from them have been received it in a week or less in the USA. YMMV in other countries.
Here is a complete list of compatible hardware and some considerations in putting together your system.

As I said, this blog post will keep growing, so if you are interested in the FreedomBox, keep an eye on this blog.

Otherwise, the documentation of the project is very, very good.

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