[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.
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
>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
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
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 goal of FreedomBox).
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.
 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
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