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With the impending threat of the EU Copyright Directive, it has become more important to control your own internet use rather than leaving it in the hands of mega-corporations and governments.

Enter FreedomBox. This little private server system based on a board such as RaspberryPi

empowers regular people to host their own internet services, like a VPN, a personal website, file sharing, encrypted messengers, a VoIP server, a metasearch engine, and much more.





You can build and set up your own or buy a ready-to-go one for €82


It was hard to decide where to put this. Hardware? Security? I figured since it's open source, most of the interested readers would be in BATL.

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While it's neat and all, the specs are very low with only 1gb ram. You can get a one of the new RPI with 4gb ram for $55. Granted, the FreedomBox comes with a 4 hour battery and case but it isn't even close to what the Raspberry Pi specs:





Dual Core ARM Cortex-A7 processor running at 1GHz


two USB 2.0 ports

one USB-OTG port

native Gigabit Ethernet

native SATA drive support

HDMI port (not usable with the FreedomBox software, since FreedomBox is only accessible through a web-based interface)



Raspberry Pi 4 (1gb, 2gb or 4gb):


Quad-core 1.5GHz Broadcom CPU, up from 1.4GHz in the previous model.

500MHz VideoCore VI GPU, up from 400MHz previously.

A USB Type-C port for power, rather than Micro USB.

Two Micro HDMI ports which can power two 4K monitors at 30fps, or a single 4K monitor at 60fps alongside a 1080p display.

Two USB 3 ports and two USB 2 ports, up from four USB 2 ports.

A Gigabit Ethernet port which is no longer throttled by a USB interface.

Bluetooth 5.0 rather than 4.1.

Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

A microSD storage card with a theoretical maximum transfer rate of 50 Mbps, up from 25 Mbps.

A 40 pin GPIO connector with support for three more interfaces; I2C, SPI, and UART.



It's just not comparable to the latest offerings. If I had a use for one, I would get the new Pi 4GB and maybe try out the FreedomBox software as it's available to download. I may download it and use it with my old Rpi B+ as it has about the specs of the freedombox but with more usb ports.


I've bought 3 different models of the RPi over the years and they all sit on the shelf unused.

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The software is available for a few boards (including RPi3 B+) to build your own FreedomBox, you don't have to buy their hardware. Hopefully they will make images available for RPi 4 sometime soon.



Here's the Linux Journal article that led me to the FreedomBox site -


Online Censorship Is Coming--Here's How to Stop It

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