Freedombone and Beaglebones Show more
When I first started the project it was the end of 2013. It was not long after the Snowden story and so I was thinking that the internet was evidently in a very broken condition and bad guys were really exploiting that to the max. "Collect it all, exploit it all", etc. It was time to have a look at where the FreedomBox project was at and start building an internet that we actually want and can somewhat trust, rather than the mostly send-everything-in-plaintext-and-hope-for-the-best approach which had been the norm up to that point.
But the FreedomBox project at that time appeared to have been abandoned. I checked out Plinth and tried to run it without much luck. FreedomBox had gotten diverted into dealing with closed firmware issues on the DreamPlug, and had spent a lot of time on that. They were also locked into a Kickstarter fulfillment obligation which meant that they couldn't just drop the issue and move to different hardware. The Beaglebone Black which had just been released in small numbers seemed like a much better choice because there wouldn't be any closed network firmware problems.