FreedomBox 20.17 released

FreedomBox 20.17 has been released and uploaded to Debian unstable. Typically, it will migrate to testing in 2 days, and then can be uploaded to stable-backports.


  • locale: Add Chinese (Traditional) translation
  • mediawiki: Add action to set domain name
  • upgrades: Add a setting to enable dist upgrade

Other Changes

  • apache: setup uwsgi by default
  • backups: i18n: Mark form success messages for translation
  • locale: Update translations for Danish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Telugu, Turkish
  • mediawiki: Ensure password file is not empty
  • networks: css: Make button wider in network list
  • networks: i18n: Mark string for translation on delete page
  • networks: i18n: Mark various strings for translation
  • notifications: i18n: Mark app names and extra data for translation
  • package: i18n: Mark progress status strings for translation
  • upgrades: Disable the option when not able to dist upgrade

The following people contributed to the git repository for this release:

  • Burak Yavuz
  • Coucouf
  • Dietmar
  • Fioddor Superconcentrado
  • James Valleroy
  • Jens Molgaard
  • Joseph Nuthalapati
  • marklin0913
  • Michael Breidenbach
  • Nikita Epifanov
  • Onurb
  • Petter Reinholdtsen
  • Praveen Illa
  • Radek Pasiok
  • Sunil Mohan Adapa
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Breaking Changes

MediaWiki from 1.34 has made a parameter called wgServer mandatory for security reasons. Though this only breaks MediaWiki for users on testing, our changes to accommodate this in version 20.17 will also affect those running stable backports (including all FreedomBox Pioneer users).

This basically corresponds to the server URL of your FreedomBox. We have added an option to set this from the UI in this release. You will find an option to enter the desired domain name under the section titled Server URL. Please make this change after upgrade if you want to access your MediaWiki instance on any domain other than “freedombox.local”.

Please notify your MediaWiki users that it will now only be available at {server-url}/mediawiki.