Some time ago I have come to know the project Freedom Box , which envisions:
We live in a world where our use of the network is mediated by organizations that often do not have our best interests at heart. By building software that does not rely on a central service, we can regain control and privacy. By keeping our data in our homes, we gain useful legal protections over it. By giving back power to the users over their networks and machines, we are returning the Internet to its intended peer-to-peer architecture
I have bought the MBL to gain some more control on my personal data, be it documents, images, interests, searches, and so on… keeping it away from third-party, proprietary, profit-driven eyes is not easy in the way we have come to use internet.
For about two months now I have installed and removed plenty of mods to my MBL to help me reach this objective: simply be the owner and manager of my data, replacing third-party, proprietary web services with MBL-hosted services.
So, for instance, gmail or outlook.com, could be replaced by Roundcube (I believe it can be installed on MBL), or the different public cloud services have OwnCloud, or BitTorrent Sync as alternatives… Google Reader (R.I.P.) or Feedly can be replaced by TinyTiny RSS… and so on so forth.
This post is for those interested to share knowledge and experiences to achive a certain amount of independence by replacing third-party, proprietary web services with MBL-hosted services.
Of course, given its limited capabilities, the mods/web services, must have a small footprint on the resources of the little box. Secondly, they must be badwidth efficient: many - I believe - have only 1 Mb/s upload when they connect to their MBL from outside their LAN.
Anybody? Please share your thoughts and/or experiences…