[Freedombox-discuss] Brief overview of last night's meeting at BALug

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Wed Jun 22 19:14:32 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM, Stefano Maffulli <stefano at maffulli.net> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Last night I was lucky enough to talk to great people at the Bay Area
> Linux User Group. The group meets in a Chinese restaurant in San
> Francisco’s Chinatown. Good food, nice bar (I had a Campari with Soda,
> inspired by an Italian-American fellow GNU/Linux user) and great
> company. There were about 20 people so we met to talk in the bar after
> dinner. No fancy projectors to hook my computer to but luckily I brought
> my slides with notes printed.
> http://maffulli.net/wp-content/uploads/2011-06-freedombox-balug-notes.pdf

Hi Stefano,
Enjoyed your talk. A stock reference platform like the DreamPlug is a
great starting point. BTW, I noticed the freshly-opened bottle of
Campari, and I figured it was you :-)

> We had a nice conversation around privacy, hardware specs of the
> DreamPlug, the status of ARM Linux, the choice of Debian and more.

The vision of a time when we will be able to apt-get install
freedombox is powerful. I'm looking forward to a day when I would be
able to push a SD card into a OLPC XO laptop and repurpose it as a
FreedomBox :-)

> I pitched the idea to start developing a mobile app to exchange private
> information and OpenPGP fingerprints with the FreedomBox and got at
> least one person interested in going to the Hackaton in Mountain View
> this weekend.
> http://www.wipconnector.com/wipjam/entry/the_muther_of_all_hackathons
> If you’re interested to go there let me know.
> Cheers,
> stef
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Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Information Systems
Director, Campus Business Solutions
San Francisco State University

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