FreekBox

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A FreekBox is the most common kind of computer built in our Build Program. It is given to an Adoption Program volunteer after 24 hours of service, or to a Build program volunteer after he or she has built 6 systems (including the one they are given). Occasionally, FreekBoxen are distributed via the Hardware Grants program.

Current Freekbox

current hardware specs

(they generally rise over time)

FreekBox Specs

Processor: Single Core 3000+
RAM: 1 GB 
Hard drive: 80-120 GB 
CD-ROM: DVD-RW
Networking: Ethernet 
Monitor: 15"-17" LCD 
Video card: AGP (or onboard) capable of 1024x768 
Speakers: external 
Sound: Onboard or PCI 
Keyboard: 104 key standard 
Mouse: 3 button scroll

software specs (partial)

  • Ubuntu Linux 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)
  • Gnome desktop
  • Openoffice.org office suite
  • Firefox web browser

choosing the software specifications for the FreekBox is the province of the Technocrats group (formerly Distro).

FreekBox 3

This box had lower hardware specs which evolved over the years. It was based on Debian GNU/Linux (sarge), and used KDE with firefox and openoffice.org.

FreekBox 2

This box had lower hardware specs which evolved over the years. It was based on Debian GNU/Linux (woody), and used the IceWM window manager plus KDE's desktop (to provide icons on the desktop).

FreekBox 1

This was the first standardized box we built. It was based on Mandrake GNU/Linux.

(Mandrake was an earlier incarnation of what is now known as Mandriva Linux. It is based on the Redhat Package Management (RPM) system, unlike Debian and Ubuntu.)