wlan slovenija development
This wiki and ticketing system is a central development website for all development we are doing in wlan slovenija open wireless network.
It is based on Trac and if you are not familiar with it please read TracGuide and its WikiFormatting and if you are still have problems feel free to join our Skype chat or mailing list. If you want to follow changes use notifications or timeline (with RSS feed).
Check out our main webpage to learn more about our open network and its approach.
All development is open source and free so you are invited to look around, check and use anything you might find useful and interesting. Freely. We also have generic instructions how to access all our source code.
But as our resources are limited you are even more invited to join the development and get involved! Report bugs, share your ideas for improvements, give us you feedback, contribute code, hardware modifications or designs, help us with testing documentation, guides and projects themselves. You could also help with graphical design and work on improving the look&feel of projects as we want them to not just be useful but also easy to use and good looking. Help with translation into your language. Or maybe you have you own idea how to contribute – we would be glad to hear it!
If you are from Slovenia you might also consider joining and contributing to the network itself. If not, you can still deploy a test node? wherever you are (and still be a part of the network, these tunnels are doing miracles!) and see for yourself what this fuzz is all about. Be warned: maybe you will get an irresistible wish to start working on a similar network in your country. And you are more than welcome to do so! (And we would be glad to help!)
Google Summer of Code
This year we are again participating in Google Summer of Code. If you are a student, this could be a great way to start contributing to wlan slovenija projects.
Our flagship project is for sure an award-winning and cyberspace-buzzed nodewatcher. It is a planning, deployment, monitoring and maintenance platform for organically-built (bottom-up, grass-root) (wireless) networks. It facilities emergence of networks operated by diverse and possibly unrelated people, without requirements for technical experts, providing an alternative to more traditional/institutionalized approaches.
PiplMesh is the project of students at Faculty of Computer and Information Science of University of Ljubljana and wlan slovenija open wireless network. Its main goal is the development of an open source social networking and info portal for wireless networks used as a welcome page when users connect to the network.
ImageFlasher was a 2011 Google Summer of Code project bridging a gap between firmware images generated by nodewatcher and flashing them on devices. This last step is often much too technical than needed and represents a barrier for users. ImageFlasher solves this by providing a simple to use graphical user interface wizard supporting a wide range of routers. Currently still in early development phase.
MeshApp started as a Google Summer of Code project in 2010 and is aiming at having a simple to use application for mobile phones/devices to join existing or create temporary mesh networks. It will allow completely autonomous, independent and infrastructure-less wireless networks made with devices at hand. Currently only for Android and still in early development phase.
Many routers available in stores are equipped with much more than what is advertised. We research, test and publish guides how to modify them and enable those hidden features or even add completely new ones, for example by attaching external sensors. We also design and produce our own hardware devices.
We are also interested in completely autonomous network nodes with self-sufficient power. This is why we are researching various technologies and have made a working solar-powered node which we are not improving upon.
Open Networks Interoperability
If you are coming from some other open/community (wireless) network initiative you might be interested in an effort on open networks interoperability our network is also a part of.