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DistroWatch.com: FreedomBox


Last Update: 2019-09-04 22:38 UTC

FreedomBox is a Debian-based distribution, primarily used as a server operating system for home users. FreedomBox supports point-n-click settings up a number of services ranging from a calendar or jabber server to a wiki or VPN through a web interface. Firewall, domain names, user accounts, backups, and Btrfs snapshots can also be managed through a simple web-based control centre.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 278 (13), 6 months: 259 (26), 3 months: 162 (54), 4 weeks: 216 (33), 1 week: 218 (32)

Average visitor rating: 8.67/10 from 3 review(s).

FreedomBox Summary
Distribution FreedomBox
Home Page https://freedombox.org/
Mailing Lists https://alioth-lists.debian.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/freedombox-discuss
User Forums https://discuss.freedombox.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Manualhttps://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox
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Download Mirrors https://freedombox.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://salsa.debian.org/freedombox-team/plinth/issues/
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Feature 2019-07-10
Release Date 2019-07-10
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 384-425
Free Download IMG
Installation --
Default Desktop WebUI
Package Management APT
Release Model Fixed, Rolling
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture armhf, i686, x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs
Multilingual --
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List 2019-07-10
Package 2019-07-10
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib ( --
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 5.0
bind (9.15.5) --
chromium (78.0.3904.108) --
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.10
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.44.5
firefox (70.0.1) --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1
gcc (9.2.0) 8.3.0
gimp (2.10.14) --
glibc (2.30) 2.28
gnome-shell (3.34.1) --
gnucash (3.7) --
gnumeric (1.12.46) --
grub (2.04) 2.02
gtk (3.24.12) --
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.38
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (19.08.3) --
kmod (26) 26
krita ( --
libreoffice (6.3.3) --
linux (5.3.12) 4.19.37
Package 2019-07-10
lxpanel (0.10.0) --
mariadb (10.4.10) --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) --
mesa (19.2.5) --
mysql (8.0.18) --
nautilus (3.34.1) --
NVIDIA (440.31) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (13) --
openssh (8.1p1) 7.9p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1c
perl (5.30.1) 5.28.1
php (7.3.12) 7.3
plasma-desktop (5.17.3) --
postfix (3.4.7) --
postgresql (12.1) 11.5
Python (3.8.0) 2.7.16
qt (5.13.2) --
samba (4.11.2) --
systemd (243) 241
thunderbird (68.2.2) --
vim (8.1) 8.1
vlc (3.0.8) --
xfdesktop (4.14.1) --
xorg-server (1.20.5) --

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Version: 2019-07-10
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-10-04
Votes: 1

Setup is a snap. I would like to see a way to format drives ,but I can do that from cmd. Nice work!

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Version: 2019-07-10
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-09-30
Votes: 1

I've tried Freedombox testing on Raspberry Pi 3B. Cockpit doesn't run.
Generally well suited but neeed's some touch.

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Version: 2019-07-10
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-09-30
Votes: 0

Great distro. I have it running on ARM FreedomBox hardware (no-blobs). I also had the distro briefly running on a Pi 2B and a regular i5 PC (installed from base Debian and added the FreedomBox main FreedomBox package. Mostly everything works. I did, initially, get the Cockpit white-screen-of-death but after I configured the box (added domain name and added a Lets Encrypt cert) and rebooted, the Cockpit interface just works.

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