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The Freedom Box gets off the ground

Mar 08, 2011, 19:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Edge)

"The Freedom Box is starting to roll, with a fundraising drive that met its goals in a few short days, along with a newly formed foundation to oversee its development. What started as an idea in a talk given by Eben Moglen just over a year ago has more recently gained a lot of momentum. What can we expect to see from this "personal server running a free software operating system, with free applications designed to create and preserve personal privacy", and when can we expect to see it?

"The "when" question may have become somewhat clearer since the "Push the FreedomBox Foundation from 0 to 60 in 30 days" Kickstarter fundraising effort has clearly been a success. The fundraising drive was set up on February 17, with the goal of getting $60,000 in donations in 30 days, but it has exceeded that—and quickly. As of this writing, there are more than 650 supporters who have donated over $64,000 in just five or six days. Based on the Kickstarter appeal, reaching the goal (and quite possibly far surpassing it) should result in a software release in six months. With luck, that means we will see the first Freedom Box release in August or so.

"It should be noted that, perhaps a bit oddly, the project is called "Freedom Box", but the foundation is the "FreedomBox Foundation"."

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