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[Freedombox-discuss] Quick self introduction

On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 09:53:39AM +0800, Harish Pillay 9v1hp wrote:
>I've just signed up to the mailiing list and here's a quick self-intro.

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Welcome aboard! :-D

>a) coding - I code in C and python.
>d) hardware: I dabble in microcontrollers (PIC etc) and
>    for the last two years, it has been the arduino
>c) teaching: I have been running an annual 39-hr 3-credit
>    open source elective course at a local university since
>    2006. cpe802.pbworks.com has the contents.  I am
>    planning on introducing Arduino into this class for
>    2011.
>So, where can I help with Freedom Box?

At the moment, as you might have noticed already from the wiki pages and 
this list, there are many ideas and proposals for _pieces_ of the puzzle 
but little structure of it.

Some have proposed to draft and democratically to vote for a more 
detailed plan of tasks, and appoint volunteers for each of them.  Sorry 
if I am summarizing this badly - others please fill in here!

I group it as this: software + hardware + design

Regarding software:

To me the main structure is already there - it is Debian.  True, Debian 
do not magically equal a FreedomBox, but an obvious task to me is 
composing a set of packages that work well together, try install them as 
a rolled out system (on any computer, not necessarily a plug device) and 
find a configuration of it that is sensible for a device intended to 
basically be running fully automated.  I have posted recently an example 
of how this process of refining a composition of packages + configs 
using live-build, and made a couple of attempts at arguing why I believe 
this to be most sane approach.

There are also numerous underlying projects quite interesting for 
inclusion in FreedomBox but not yet ready.  I don't call that "working 
on FreedomBox" but it is crucial anyway - as is working on any bugs in 
Debian that might affect the FreedomBox.  Most discussions so far has 
been on these exciting potential additions for a future FreedomBox.  If 
you feel that they are crucial for a first incarnation of FreedomBox 
rather than using existing pieces already in Debian, then devote your 
time there!

Regarding hardware:

Engage with the Emdebian team!  Sounds like you have some pretty cool 
skills in this are, and I am sure they can use your help optimizing the 
various tasks on best integrating a Debian system into such extremely 
low-resource environments (because that is what embedded is: even if you 
think you can just wait for next revision of plug devices which has a 
faster CPU and more memory, more resources means more power consumption 
and that is working against a core[1] goal of FreedomBox).

Regarding design:

I am not a designer. I have ideas on how to design this thing but 
deliberately keep quiet (for now, at least) on that part to make room 
for others deling more competent in that area.

  - Jonas

[1] Anything I write here is my own opinions, not necessarily shared 
with everyone.  I dare assume it is a core goal of FreedomBox to be 
_very_ low-power and not just _adequately_ low-power. I.e. to actively 
work on reducing resource requirements, not just expect the boxes 
automagically to be (literally) cool.

  * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
  * Tlf.: +45 40843136  Website: http://dr.jones.dk/

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