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The FreedomBox Foundation is an open source project (separate from the Free Network Foundation) to develop an interface and software stack based on Debian (GNU/Linux) to run on plug computers owned by individuals to return control and ownership of data and logs to the users. The project may or may not specify and sell specific hardware; the FreedomBox concept applies to any low power, long-running personal server providing network and social services operating from a user's premises.

The FNF would like to integrate individuals' FreedomBoxes as edge devices of the free network, meshing with or (even serving as) FreedomNodes) and providing connectivity to end user devices (laptops, phones, etc). The functionality of FreedomBox and FreedomNode could overlap and be served by a single device in many situations; in others having a distinct "building-scope" Node and several "individual-scope" Boxes would make more sense.

"FreedomBox" is sometimes abbreviated to "FBx".


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DreamPlug device

A number of off-the-shelf network devices could act as a FreedomBox; the initial hardware device chosen for FreedomBox (and used by most project developers as of Summer 2012) is the GlobalScale DreamPlug. This device is widely available online, costs about $180, has a 1.2GHz Marvell ARM processor, 512MBytes RAM, microSD flash storage (slow!), two GigE ethernet ports, and basic integrated Wifi connectivity.

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