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[liberationtech] Commotion Beta is out: Free Wireless Mesh Network Software

Adam Fisk afisk at bravenewsoftware.org
Sat Mar 23 22:10:03 PDT 2013


Congrats guys! I've had a small glimpse into the immense amount of work
that has gone into this and really looking forward to taking it for a spin.
Exciting!

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Andrew Reynolds wrote:

> Thanks James,
>
> The Commotion team is excited about the new developer release of the
> Commotion platform. We have already received several bug reports and
> feature requests following our initial DR1 binary upload a few days ago.
> This has helped us take steps towards bringing this from the current,
> unstable nightly build to a stable release.
>
> The focus of this release has been to improve Commotion’s usability, so
> that both developers and users without extensive background knowledge in
> mesh networking can get a mesh network up and running. This lack of
> usability has historically been a barrier to implementation and
> experimentation.
>
> The goal of this release is to provide opportunities for a wider
> community of testers, including security and application developers, to
> experiment with the Commotion platform. This release itself does not
> have strong security, but contains tools and APIs to develop secure
> applications. We are looking forward to working with developers in our
> community to develop secure tools on top of this platform.
>
> While we have implemented new security features that differentiate this
> release from our last, users should carefully read the warning label,
> located on our Download page, before using the software in a situation
> where security is required. The warning will be updated to reflect the
> current audits once we have completed thorough testing and evaluation of
> the new release.
>
> Commotion development is ongoing. We currently have a multi-year
> development roadmap
> <
> https://code.commotionwireless.net/projects/commotion/wiki/Hackday-Roadmap-Notes
> >
> that lays out all the planned features we will implement. We strongly
> invite constructive feedback, contributions, and experimentation with
> our software <https://github.com/opentechinstitute/commotion-openwrt>.
> We are working hard towards our full version 1.0 release which we are
> aiming to land towards the end of this year.
>
> -andrew
>
> On 03/21/2013 03:47 PM, James Losey wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I wanted to share that OTI released Commotion Beta, free, open source,
> > wireless networking platform this week. This “Developer Release #1” (DR1)
> > makes Commotion’s technology available for testing and feedback and is
> > freely available from the project website: www.commotionwireless.net. I
> > would encourage you to check it out, but please head our caution that
> this
> > release is BETA and thus should not be used for mission-critical and/or
> > sensitive communications until version 1.0 is released. This release
> > includes:
> >
> >    - A fully integrated web-interface in addition to traditional
> >    command-line access.
> >    - QuickStart setup wizard
> >    - A set of core libraries that will form the backbone of a common
> >    network management interface across Commotion platforms
> >    - An application portal that makes it easy to announce and discover
> >    authenticated local social applications
> >    - A debugging tool to provide one-click error reports for network
> >    maintainers
> >
> > There are also security features including  basic network encryption,
> which
> > brings mesh networking up to the level of security expected from today’s
> > wireless networks.  Commotion adds an additional layer of security by
> > allowing the use of network keys and application signing through the use
> of
> > The Serval Project’s http://www.servalproject.org/ Serval daemon,
> making it
> > easier to identify bad-agents posing as legtimate services. These
> features
> > form the foundation for the Commotion security features under active
> > development. Again, this is beta and *not* for sensitive communications
> at
> > this time.
> >
> > If you want to try setting up your own network, interested in providing
> > feedback or just want to learn more head over over to
> > www.commotionwireless.net.
> >
> > Best,
> > James
> >
> >
> >  RELEASE: OTI Launches Commotion Beta: Free Wireless Mesh Network
> Software
> > Commotion Technology Revolutionizes Community Wireless by Providing a
> Safe,
> > Low-Cost Option
> > *Published:  * March 20, 2013
> >
> > Washington, DC — The New America Foundation's *Open Technology
> > Institute <http://oti.newamerica.net/>
> > *(OTI) announced today the public release of Commotion Beta - a free,
> open
> > source, wireless networking platform. This “Developer Release #1” (DR1)
> > makes Commotion’s technology available for testing and feedback and is
> > freely available from the project website:
> > *www.commotionwireless.net<https://commotionwireless.net/>
> > *. Please note that Commotion is in Beta and should not be used for
> > mission-critical and/or sensitive communications until version 1.0 is
> > released.
> >
> > Commotion is a cutting-edge open-source communications software platform
> > that uses laptops, mobile phones, and other Wi-Fi devices to create
> > decentralized, wireless “mesh” networks.  Commotion interconnects devices
> > directly to one-another in a peer-to-peer manner to form a “spider web”
> of
> > connectivity.
> >
> > “Commotion Beta is a transformative technology - the culmination of years
> > of research and development by hundreds of developers around the globe,”
> > said New America Vice President and OTI Director Sascha Meinrath, who is
> > the founder of Commotion Wireless. “Commotion is an incredible resource
> for
> > empowering communities and constituencies worldwide, helping with a
> variety
> > of different needs, from spreading low-cost connectivity, securing
> > communications, and enhancing disaster-response.”
> >
> > Commotion Beta adds new usability enhancements and features that simplify
> > mesh network setup and reduce the difficulty of network maintenance.  DR1
> > contains a fully integrated web-interface in addition to traditional
> > command-line access.  Among the new technical features in DR1 are a
> > QuickStart setup wizard, a set of core libraries that will form the
> > backbone of a common network management interface across Commotion
> > platforms, an application portal that makes it easy to announce and
> > discover authenticated local social applications, and a debugging tool to
> > provide one-click error reports for network maintainers. These features
> > will be ported to the Android, Linux, and OS X clients over the next
> > quarter.
> >
> > The DR1 release also includes key security features, beginning with basic
> > network encryption, which brings mesh networking up to the level of
> > security expected from today’s wireless networks. Commotion adds an
> > additional layer of security by allowing the use of network keys and
> > application signing through the use of The Serval Project’s
> > http://www.servalproject.org/ Serval daemon, making it easier to
> identify
> > bad-agents posing as legtimate services. These features form the
> foundation
> > for the Commotion security features under active development.
> >
> >
> >
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