What if there was a combined Free Software, OSHW and Right to Repair group, providing ideological leadership in a peer to peer fashion via federated services (including Git-based code hosting) and an emphasis on teaching how to self-host your own federated hosting infrastructure?

@libreleah I think this is a great idea! A lot can be done and achieved through an initiative like this! Count me in \o/

One of the first things that come to my mind is that an effort like this can encompass the conception of free networks / networking freedom too. Let me think about this further.


@lohang In fact, this is one of my main priorities with such a project, and something that the existing organisations don't do, or don't do enough of. It's excluded from the post, because I copied this post from my asinine Twitter page where characters are limited to a lame 280!

As I see it, all the infrastructure and underlying technology exists for my idea. ActivityPub for example is a big thing. All someone needs to do is bring it all together.

I've already made a name for the organisation.

@libreleah This is very good to know, Leah. Many people - including myself - and communities will benefit from such a project.

@libreleah I replied to the mailing list. But I l like the idea.

@cal well, yes but i'm critical of such things because they hide from the user how things work, and are often messy/bloated underneath, and not very flexible

my preference is to teach people how to set stuff up from scratch. on my hosting set up i set up postfix, nginx, bind, git and several other things up from scratch, and i maintain these manually

but yes, something plug and play like freedombox will also be wonderful for most normal people, and should be promoted

@libreleah @cal Yeah, it would be great if we could remove layers to make it simple, rather than add layers to make it look easy.
@libreleah That'd be nice, me and my friends use a lot of stuff we self host like mumble, matrix, owncast, pleroma, c: seems like a good direction, though i wonder if the foundation couldn't use a drastic simplification to make the hosting and infrastructure parts less of a pain to understand. more educational resources are good, but it'd also be helpful if things were not so difficult to understand in the first place.

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