Perhaps you have heard already the good news that there is a deadline
extension for this call until May 29.
I support the idea to apply for the continuation of the LibreRouter as
CNSIG's application for the "large" grant.
And I would also support, and could contribute for the writing of the
proposal, for a small grant on local applications and/or captive portal
Carlos and NicoP had mentioned a "libreserver" project that if I
understood correctly has been somehow put on hold.
Perhaps it could be now revived to develop an optional complement of the
librerouter, a "mini server" to run local and/or distributed
applications (it could be in the simplest case a raspberry Pi or docker
image compatible with better hardware).
Since the grant is small it could just involve the assessment of
existing solutions, guifi's cloudy, https://cloudy.community/
, the MAZI
, yunohost, and other "meta"
platforms and put together some of these in a nice "package" with
improved multi-lingual documentation.
And since the netCommons and MAZI EU projects have already funding to do
exactly this, we could present it as a complementary project that builds
on existing efforts at the EU level, helping for their sustainability
(those project finish at the end of 2018) and adoption, through the
"librerouter" package. Or something like this :-)
On 10.05.2018 11:45, bruno vianna wrote:
We have been talking a bit about this in the LibreMesh/LibreRouter
community and we could make a grant proposal in the line of continuing
development of both the software and hardware components. Many CNSIG
communities are using or planning to use these technologies and we
collectively decide what's are our collective needs in this
I personally do not want to impose a project.
There is no question that continuing LibreRouter is crucial for all
community networks and it is an excellent option.
I'm gonna ask around for other ideas, but from the top of my mind here
are two other things:
- Besides firmware and hardware we also have to think of applications
for CNs. The captive portal/voucher for libremesh is urgent (although
doesn't seem much effort and apparently should done soon). But I
believe there should be a call or direct development of applications,
specially for mobile phones, that take advantage of local networks and
make them attractive. Local social networks, file sharing, radio etc,
moving from a server-centric approach to a direct, local,
peer-to-peer, with users in the hundreds.
- An open call for funding community networks in developing countries.
Personally, what finally got me into building CNs was the Commotion
call 4 years ago, and I see the same process happening with other
people/communities after the call we made in Brazil.
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