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[liberationtech] Commotion: 13 years in the making...

Griffin Boyce griffin at
Tue Dec 31 20:27:10 PST 2013

Julian Oliver said:
> Great stuff! I've been following the project and look forward to 
> trialing it.
> Reading your About page (not the FAQ), I feel it's a little misleading 
> to say
> "Commotion is a free, open-source communication tool". Rather, it's a 
> platform
> built atop (leveraging) a wide array of external, community-developed 
> projects -
> from B.A.T.M.A.N/OpenMesh, OpenWrt to OpenBTS and more.
> Keep up the good work in 2014!

   Thanks!  ^_^  The project is free, and open-source, and used to 
communicate.  There are already communities who have deployed/used 
Commotion networks, a good example of which is Redhook WiFi.  The 
nomenclature is really tricky, because our work goes way beyond router 
firmware, so sometimes the project is easier to understand if we say 
software or tool, and focus on the ways it can be used.

   So no, I don't think it's misleading *at all* to call it a free, 
open-source, communications tool, because it is all of those things.  
Commotion leverages and builds upon the work of lots of great projects 
like Serval and OpenWRT, but I think that's a positive aspect of the 
project. :D

Happy New Year! (it's still 2013 here haha)
Griffin Boyce

(While I do work on the Commotion Wireless project, I *don't* speak on 
their behalf)

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