So I realise that there is a lot more to the Safe network than backups. I do see backups as an easily understood & compelling proposition: Buy this thing and your data is private and safe forever.
Once people are using the network they’ll likely explore apps etc, but backups is a good way to entice people in. If you want to backup all your stuff having a home server is a pretty decent way of making sure you have enough Safecoins to do so.
So how do I run a home server? Simple; Just
- Pick some hardware (choice/complexity/problem)
- A barebones linux distro (choice/complexity/problem)
- Then edit your sources list in the command line (choice/complexity/problem)
- Install a vault
- Then install whatever other software you need such as a samba share, media server, webui etc (choice/complexity/problem).
So I’m wondering if it would be good to give people a simple proposition;
- Buy this thing from these people
- Put this card in it
- Which installs a basic system & Safe client for you & configures your sources list to include the safenetwork PPA
- It comes with a point and click webui that you can use to install extra stuff if you want it, or just to keep the OS & Safe Vault up to date.
It seems to me that
- Odroid XU4 in a cloud shell box is a good thing to buy, Odroid already have regional partners that would probably ship a ISO on SD card if they were selling well.
- Creating an Ubuntu server ISO with some configuration and webui isn’t actually that hard, it’s not a full blown distro.
- Running a desktop on a server is suboptimal, & introduces additional security risk
- Webmin is horrible and should be burnt, however http://ajenti.org/ is pretty nice and would allow creating point & click scripts (see buttons on the right below) and already includes a mechanism to update your software.
We’d need to clear it with http://ajenti.org/licensing to make sure they were happy that shipping a preconfigured card was under their free licence, but I’m pretty sure it would be OK.
I’m thinking we could then stick a nice simple web site up that ‘sells’ the system, provides a manual etc, with links to all the Odroid regional partners that have agreed to ship the system as a bundle with an ISO on a card.
So is this a good idea?