Olimex works on open source hardware boards, while the FreedomBox Foundation has been developing FreedomBox, a free and open source private server system, since 2010 with the goal of empowering 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 more.
When you mix open source hardware, open source software, and a bit of Internet freedom it gives birth to a product called “Pioneer Edition FreedomBox Home Server” based on Olimex A20-OLinuXino-LIME2 board and running FreedomBox software.
- SoC – Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU @ 1.0 GHz with dual-core Mali 400 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – microSD slot fitted with 32GB class 10 card loaded with FreedomBox, SATA data and power connectors, 2KB EEPROM for MAC address and custom data
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
- Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p60
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports with power control and current limiter, 1x micro USB-OTG with power control and current limiter
- Power Supply – 5V DC
- Battery – 1400mA /3.3V LiPo battery for UPS power backup supply (good for about 4 to 5 hours)
- Dimensions – TBD (custom metallic box with FreedomBox decal); board only: 84×60 mm
The board ships with an enclosure, a one meter Ethernet cable, a power supply together with optional plug adapter for US or UK.
The included 32GB microSD card is preloaded with FreedomBox for LIME2, which you can also download here to install on your existing LIME2 board. FreedomBox firmware image gives you easy access to the Tor browser, private encrypted file sharing, private encrypted chat, peer-to-peer file sharing, voice chat, a web proxy, VPN, IRC client, private calendar and address book, file synchronization, distributed file storage, and your very own hosted Wiki and Blog.
FreedomBox has already been deployed to several locations, including recently in India using donated old computers to bring Internet connectivity to villages. A single board computer solution may cost less overtime due to electricity usage. Beside the LIME2, Freedombox also runs on various other hardware platforms including BeagleBone Black and the Raspberry Pi boards.
However, if you can purchase Pioneer Edition FreedomBox Home Server, it also sponsors the project. You can do so on Olimex store for 82 Euros.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.