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Preview release 0.7 / December 13, 2015 (2015-12-13)
Type Encrypted proxy server

FreedomBox is a community project to develop, design and promote[1] personal servers running free software for distributed social networking, email and audio/video communications.[2] The project was announced by Eben Moglen at the New York ISOC meeting on February 2, 2010.[3]

On February 4, 2011, Moglen formed the FreedomBox Foundation to become the organizational headquarters of the project,[4] and on February 18, 2011, the foundation started a campaign to raise $60,000 in 30 days on the crowdfunding service, Kickstarter.[5] The goal was met on February 22,[6] and on March 19, 2011, the campaign ended after collecting $86,724 from 1,007 backers.[5]

The project currently describes a FreedomBox as

The developers aim to create and preserve personal privacy by providing a secure platform for building federated social networks.[7] This shall be done by creating a software stack that can run on plug computers that can easily be located in individual residences or offices. The software stack is currently at version 0.6.[8]

The hardware currently put forward for use with the FreedomBox software is explained on the Hardware[9] page. It previously just recommended the DreamPlug.[10] but as more suitable choices presented itself, now OSHW designs are preferred, like the Olimex A20 OLinuXino Lime 2[11] or the BeagleBone Black,[12] and other boards like the Cubietruck[13] and the Raspberry Pi[14][15] are possible options, while more are on the way. Starting with the 0.6 release there is also a VirtualBox image, and as always, you can install FreedomBox on any clean, installed Debian box.

By promoting a decentralized deployment of hardware, the project hopes that FreedomBoxes will "provide privacy in normal life, and safe communications for people seeking to preserve their freedom in oppressive regimes."[16]


On 27 August 2012, the first "Developer Preview" was released. It focused on laying the architecture and infrastructure groundwork, rather than being a finished product. The image did nonetheless include the first completed tool, the FreedomBox's Privoxy, which may help to make a user's communications with websites more secure.[17]
On 16 March 2014, the second "developer" release was distributed. It is billed as representing "a significant maturation of the components ... and a big step forward for the project as a whole".[18][19] In the release notes it is also claimed that "Work has really been speeding up on the FreedomBox in 2014 ..."[19]
On 21 January 2015, the third release was distributed. It added support for the BeagleBone and for Tor Hidden Services.[20]
August 7, 2015, news Apps and automatic patching added along with additional hardware images [21]
October 31, 2015, New applications, images for Raspberry Pi 2, completely revamped manual and ability to download software over Tor [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FreedomBox/Roadmap". Debian Wiki. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  2. ^ "What will Freedom Boxes do?". FreedomBox Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Highlights of Eben Moglen's Freedom in the Cloud Talk". Software Freedom Law Center. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever". Software Freedom Law Center. Retrieved 2011-02-20. Yesterday in the United States, we formed the FreedomBox Foundation, which I plan to use as the [...] organizational headquarters [...] 
  5. ^ a b "Push the FreedomBox Foundation from 0 to 60 in 30 days". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Thank you Kickstarters". The Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  7. ^ " 2012: FreedomBox's privacy". ZDNet. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  8. ^ a b "FreedomBox-0.6". 
  9. ^ "FreedomBox/Hardware - Debian Wiki". 
  10. ^ "FreedomBox/TargetedHardware - Debian Wiki". 
  11. ^ "FreedomBox/Hardware/A20-OLinuXino-Lime2 - Debian Wiki". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  12. ^ "FreedomBox/Hardware/BeagleBone - Debian Wiki". 
  13. ^ "FreedomBox/Hardware/Cubietruck - Debian Wiki". 
  14. ^ "FreedomBox/Hardware/RaspberryPi - Debian Wiki". 
  15. ^ "FreedomBox/Hardware/RaspberryPi2 - Debian Wiki". 
  16. ^ "FreedomBox Foundation". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ "FreedomBox/ReleaseNotes - Debian Wiki". 
  19. ^ a b "FreedomBox-0.2". 
  20. ^ "FreedomBox/ReleaseNotes - Debian Wiki". 
  21. ^ "FreedomBox-0.5". 
  22. ^ Natasha Lomas. "The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet". TechCrunch. AOL. 

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