[Freedombox-discuss] Freedombox-discuss Digest, Vol 8, Issue 37
On Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:37:00 -0500, Joshua Spodek <joshuaspodek at yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 2011-03-06 at 11:33 +0000,
> freedombox-discuss-request at lists.alioth.debian.org wrote:
> > Step 1:
> > Let's pick 5 apps. I suggest email mailbox hosting, chat,
> > instant messaging, blogging and FB-ish "walls".
> > When I tell the relatives "Here, plug this in and fire up
> > your browser" -- and when they then ask "Uh, what's it do?" --
> > this is the list of 5 answers: email mailbox, chat, messaging,
> > etc.
> For this group, I propose a step 0, which is to pick the minimum amount
> of applications or packages necessary for the plug to be useful to a
> debian developer or packager without restricting any necessary
> applications or packages to come later.
> "Minimum" could mean minimum number of packages or minimum amount of
> time or work. Others can later remove unnecessary ones if they are dead
> This threshold -- being useful to this community -- is lower than making
> it useful for mainstream users and it will have the side effect that
> your step 1 will happen on its own.
My guess is that the early version of the Freedom Plug is not going to
have full-featured end-user apps like FB-ish walls.
If I had any say in the design (which I do not), I'd probably be looking
at it like this: What's the list of things the box needs to do in order
to gain a place in some users' homes? If the box is a router, media NAS
and print server, it's got the same feature set as an airport. Build
backup into it for a big win. That's a pretty good start.
On that, we might add some "find me anywhere on the net and talk to me
securely" capability. This makes it a file server and maybe a
dropbox-like device. That small feature set is a pretty attractive
package. It's also is the start of the freedom stack.
Then we might identify other users/boxes who get privileged access to
the file server. We start building identity functions into the stack.
The point here is not the specific roadmap I've outlined so much as a
natural progression of useful stuff with the freedom stack developed
over time that makes the useful stuff meet our ethical standards. At
each point it's got a compelling reason to use it and those reasons grow
over time in bite-sized chunks.
At some point the chunks add up to a great stack that can underpin
something like Diaspora.