Actually, I’m a supporter of @prophetx’s idea. here’s why:
Security issues can be mitigated by checking the veracity of binaries online through an automatic sequence that begins when the drive is inserted (windows only). Mac and linux, security issues can be mitigated by the user running a script.
Tangible, tangible, tangible. Humans like stuff we can touch. "This is my maidsafe installer, with a script that can secure a computer by installing tools like Maidsafe, Tor, etc, etc. It can also be used to re-program a router to run dd-wrt, and to root an android/iphone device.
Virtual machine goodness! It’s possible to package VM as an application with Virtualbox (and I think qemu, also) why not put a fully secured VM on there?
Branding! If we make the thing useful, then its existence will boos the maidsafe brand overall.
In short, I am interested in helping bring this thing to life. I guess my role could be software curation and building the script. Does anyone else have some ideas on where to drive this thing?
Also, I’m thinking now that it might not be a bad idea to actually sell them. You cannot put a pricetag on the value of having the right tools at the right time…
The script can overcome the security woes, and the device’s tangible nature is likely to get it used. Better still that it gets passed around!
It is. Maybe we should figure out a way to sell them. Failing that, I’m not too sure how to handle the initial bulk order. (I know where and how to get the devices we need, but I can’t currently (maybe nearish future though) swing the cost.
I am now thinking of this as a software citation project. Anyone else notice that openbazaar and maidsafe feel like the future of software? The way they both transparently leverage decentralized networks is just… Exactly the way apps and the web ought to work.