/ freedombone

Hello 2018

There hasn't been much blogging activity going on here in 2018, so this is going to be a rather rambling post. Nothing hugely enthralling has ensued in the first month and a half of the year, and development on Freedombone has continued.

The stuff I've been doing on Freedombone so far this year has been mostly unglamorous plumbing work. Fixing bugs in the backup system, testing Pleroma and similar things. I've added support for multiple layer 3 mesh routing protocols to the mesh version, with the default being BMX6. That makes the mesh version similar to Libremesh.

I've also added an alternative email transport system called BDS Mail. A couple of years ago I was experimenting with trying to do email transport over Tor via an onion address, but didn't get very far with that. BDS Mail uses i2p rather than Tor, but the idea is the same. It also means that it's possible to do end-to-end encrypted email in a trivially easy way and without the big song-and-dance of GPG.

One sad piece of news at the beginning of the year was the death of Tony Baldwin. Tony was one of the small group of users and developers on Friendica and Redmatrix/Hubzilla. As far as I remember he was always present in one guise or another for the entire time I was using that system 2011-16, and I chatted with him many times. He developed a script to expire old GNU Social posts, called StatExpire, and I use a modified version of that within Freedombone. When you're running a small system with limited resources expiring social network posts after a few months so that the database doesn't become infeasibly large and unwieldy is advantageous.

I expect I'll do another Freedombone release within a couple of months. Most of what I'm doing now is tidying and testing in preparation for that. The political economy of the internet hasn't changed very much and so I still think that a project like Freedombone remains relevant to the current time. If anything, being able to independently run internet systems and steer around the multitudinous evils of the contemporary mainstream web is becoming more important than it might have been when the project started.