As some of you saw, Olimex raffled off a free Pioneer Edition FreedomBox kit last week. Entrants had to provide suggestions for what they want to see in the hardware and software. The good news is that we got a lot of feedback from the entrants, which I paste below.
Olimex kindly aggregated the feedback in their blog post here: https://olimex.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/participate-in-our-weekend-brainstorm-discussion-and-you-have-chance-to-win-pioneer-freedombox-hsk/
Below, I have pasted the feedback that was submitted for the software:
About the Software:
- Number of people requested PiHole to be included. What is PiHole? It’s DNS sinkhole that protects your devices from unwanted content, without installing any client-side software. It’s Network level ad and spyware blocker.
- Many requested NextCloud to be add in FreedomBox. It duplicated some of the existing software in FreedomBox.
- Some requested home Git server to be included, but if you want to work on Open Source project hiding your code in private Home Git may be not best approach.
- LibreSSL as alternative to OpenSSL.
- Diaspora pod may be good but I have no idea how much resources it needs.
- WireGuard as alternative to OpenVPN.
- IPFS we admit we never hear before for it but it look cool.
- Snips this looks like nice open source alternative to Alexa and Google assistant.
- HomeAssistant not sure how this relates to FreedomBox targets for distributed Internet and Privacy, but well related to Home server.
- Federation i.e. two FreedomBoxes to may replicate/backup each others data without having access to each others data.
- Containerized services (not sure how fast will work virtualization on our current processor and memory).
- encrypted email server
We have discussed many of these topics already, and some appear on the Roadmap for 2019. But the items which stand out to me as new are HomeAssistant, snips, and WireGuard.
It is very useful to know what the public views as must-have features.