Sunday, March 27 at 17:00 UTC

Call Reminder : Sunday, March 27 at 17:00 UTC

The FreedomBox community’s upcoming progress call is this Sunday, March 27 at 17:00 UTC. We aim for our calls to last no more than one hour, although sometimes the core team stays on the call past one hour to discuss additional items.

As always, our team will discuss the latest issues in our software development and community. All are welcome to join the discussion or listen!

How To Connect :
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  • We use Mumble for voice communications to allow residents outside of the United States to participate without running up a phone bill.
  • You do not need to create a username before hand (just make one up).
  • No passwords are required.
  • You can join the call using desktop or mobile apps. There is a client package in debian (mumble) and an app for Android phones (Mumla).
  • We recommend you use headphones (or half-duplex mode) to avoid any echo.

Notes will be taken at A link to the collaborative document to be posted in chat before meeting.

Comment agenda items here! If you can’t make it to the call but want to put something on the agenda, please feel free to comment in this thread. We’ll get to it if time permits.

Hope to see you there!


Good Bad ISPs

I would like us to have a specific section where ISPs can be discussed. The goal is to help each other by sharing our experiences with our ISP, be that a residencial one or a cloud provider.
It could be a post or maybe an entire category here on the forum. Off the top of my head some things a feedback should cover:

  • Your country / state

  • Name of the ISPs

  • Your router’s modell maybe?

  • Is port forwarding possible?

    • If so, are there any ports that are blocked (like SMTP)?
    • If you’re behind NAT, can you request that your ports get open somehow?
  • Can you obtain a static IP for some extra fee?

  • Is your ISP okay with torrenting?
    This is an interesting question. In the western part of the world you might even get in trouble for downloading Ubuntu via bittorrent, while in other places, like Eastern Europe, even piracy is allowed.

Is there any points you disaggree with or something you would like to add? Once we have enough feedback, we can gather these data into a page like the Tor Project’s Good Bad ISPs resource.

Gandi DDNS

I’d like to make a video tutorial covering the setup of an email server. Currently I use these two scripts to connect my Gandi domain to my dynamic home IP: script one, script two. Do you know of any more sophisticated methods that I could show in the video?

There is already something at Internet service providers | Yunohost Documentation

I expect the ISP-related issues to be similar for hosting with Freedombox or with Yunohost (I am not using Yunohost, so not so sure). If there is a way not to duplicate the documentation work, that would be nice.

Besides, due to lack of IPv4 addresses, several residential ISPs I know are migrating customers to IPv6 + CGNAT IPv4. I have a static IPv4 address now and no IPv6, while my mother with the same ISP now has IPv6 + CGNAT IPv4. That is another aspect, and I am afraid it will sooner or later become impossible to avoid that for a number of people.

I just thought so, there must be already something like this. And problably more than that?

Don’t invent a new standard: very famous xkcd: Standards

It’s good to know that Yunohost has a similar collection, but I think we can all agree that we can’t direct our users to a competing project’s resources.