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'''sudomesh is a group of volunteers operating out of [https://sudoroom.org sudoroom] at [https://omnicommons.org omnicommons]. We develop software and assemble hardware systems to help build open community networks like [https://peoplesopen.net People's Open], a community-owned and -operated non-profit internet infrastructure in Oakland.'''
'''sudomesh is a group of volunteers operating out of the [https://sudoroom.org sudo room] hackerspace at the [https://omnicommons.org Omni Commons] - a collective of collectives stewarding a large community space in Oakland, California. We develop software and assemble hardware systems to help build open community networks like the [https://peoplesopen.net People's Open Network], a community-owned and -operated non-profit internet infrastructure in Oakland.'''


We're a community powered project. That means that anyone can join the network if they're willing to contribute by [https://github.com/sudomesh/bugs/issues/new reporting bugs], improving [https://github.com/sudmesh software], fixing hardware, [https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Mesh/WalkThrough setting up a node], [https://peoplesopen.net/blog/downtown-oakland-access-point/ installing rooftop nodes], telling your friends about us, [https://peoplesopen.net/blog/build-your-own-internet-workshop/ joining for a workshop], bring pizza to a hack session, learn about how the internet works or just being patient if something is broken :)
We're a people-powered project. That means that anyone can join the network if they're willing to contribute by [https://github.com/sudomesh/bugs/issues/new reporting bugs], improving [https://github.com/sudmesh software], fixing hardware, [https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Mesh/WalkThrough setting up a node], [https://peoplesopen.net/blog/downtown-oakland-access-point/ installing rooftop nodes], telling your friends about us, [https://peoplesopen.net/blog/build-your-own-internet-workshop/ joining for a workshop], bringing pizza to a hack session, donating  [[Mesh/Wishlist|equipment]]/[https://gratipay.com/sudomesh/ money]/Bitcoin, learning with us about how the internet works, or just being patient if something is broken :)


You can read about our progress on our [https://peoplesopen.net/blog/ People's Open blog].  
You can read about our progress on our [https://peoplesopen.net/blog/ blog].  


'''Interested in learning more and exploring?''' Check out our [[#Join Us|Join Us]] section. You do not need to be technically skilled to be part of this project. We need people willing to mount gear on rooftops, folks who want to do public outreach, graphics design artists and film-makers and so much more. Show up at a monthly general meeting and get involved!
'''Interested in learning more and exploring?''' Check out our [[#Join Us|Join Us]] section. You do not need to be technically skilled to be part of this project. We need people willing to mount gear on rooftops, folks who want to do public outreach, graphic design artists, film-makers, documentarians and so much more! Show up at a monthly general meeting and get involved!


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= Intro =
= Intro =
Imagine if the wifi router in your home connected to the wifi routers in your neighbour’s homes and they again connected to their neighbours to form a huge free wireless network spanning the city! That's exactly what a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesh_networking mesh network] is, or at least what it can be. Roads and telephone poles are owned government or private interests and laying down cable is expensive but by using wireless signals that hop from building to building we can create a community owned and operated free-as-in-freedom alternative to corporate Internet Service Providers! Community wireless mesh networks are growing around the world, creating local 'internets' that support Net Neutrality and community control of critical infrastructure.  
Imagine if the wifi router in your home connected to the wifi routers in your neighbours' homes and they again connected to their neighbours to form a huge free wireless network spanning the city! That's exactly what a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesh_networking mesh network] is, or at least what it can be. Roads and telephone poles are owned by government or private interests and laying down cable is expensive, but by using wireless signals that hop from building to building we can create a community-owned and -operated, free-as-in-freedom alternative to corporate Internet Service Providers. Community wireless mesh networks are growing around the world, creating local 'internets' that support Net Neutrality and community control of critical infrastructure.  


sudo mesh is a non-profit organization consisting of a group of unpaid volunteers who are building People's Open Network. Our mission in building open technology that helps to connect our neighbors, support local businesses, and enable community collaboration and cultural production. In the event of disaster or censorship, a mesh network can be a resilient means of communication and sharing of information.
sudo mesh is a non-profit organization consisting of a group of unpaid volunteers who are building the People's Open Network. Our mission is building open technology that helps to connect our neighbors, support local businesses, and enable community collaboration and cultural production. In the event of a natural disaster or state censorship, a community mesh network can be a resilient means of communication and sharing of information.


We are spending a lot of time developing [https://github.com/sudomesh/ software] to make it cheap and easy for anyone to be part of People's Open Network, regardless of technical skill.
We are spending a lot of time developing [https://github.com/sudomesh/ software] to make it cheap and easy for anyone to be part of People's Open Network, regardless of technical skill.
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* Join the [http://lists.sudoroom.org/listinfo/mesh email list]
* Join the [http://lists.sudoroom.org/listinfo/mesh email list]
* Follow us on [https://twitter.com/sudomesh twitter] and like us on [https://www.facebook.com/sudomesh facebook].
* Follow us on [https://twitter.com/sudomesh twitter] and like us on [https://www.facebook.com/sudomesh facebook].
* Learn more at our general meetings, which are the last Tuesday of every month at [[Getting_there|sudo room]] at 7:30 pm. We have focus groups and we collaborate on different parts of the project - from design to software development, documentation to hardware hacking, community outreach and climbing rooftops to mount nodes!
* Learn more at our general meetings, which are the last Tuesday of every month at [[Getting_there|sudo room]] at 7:30 pm. We have focus groups and collaborate on different parts of the project - from design to software development, documentation to hardware hacking, community outreach and climbing rooftops to mount nodes!
* We have '''weekly hacknights''' on the Tuesdays that are not general meetings, 7:30-11:00pm at [[Getting_there|sudo room]], but at these events we do not spend time introducing new people to the project. If you do not feel ready to jump right in and start contributing, please show up for our general meetings (mentioned above) where we specifically take time to intro new volunteers and answer questions :D
* We have '''weekly hacknights''' on the Tuesdays that are not general meetings, 7:30-11:00pm at [[Getting_there|sudo room]], but at these events we do not spend time introducing new people to the project. If you do not feel ready to jump right in and start contributing, please show up for our general meetings (mentioned above) where we specifically take time to intro new volunteers and answer questions :D
* Chat with us on [http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/irctutorial.html IRC]: [http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=peoplesopen.net #peoplesopen.net] (see also [[IRC | IRC Intro]])
* Chat with us on [http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/irctutorial.html IRC]: [http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=peoplesopen.net #peoplesopen.net] (see also [[IRC | IRC Intro]])
* We generally collaborate on [https://pad.riseup.net/p/sudomesh meeting notes] at each meeting. Look at our archive of past [[Mesh/Minutes|meeting minutes]]!
* We generally collaborate on [https://pad.riseup.net/p/sudomesh meeting notes] at each meeting. Look at our archive of past [[Mesh/Minutes|meeting minutes]]!
* Contribute to the network by installing a mesh node at your location using our handy [https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Mesh/WalkThrough Mesh Node Setup Walkthrough]. This is especially helpful for those that are within range of an existing node (seen as a wireless SSID named "peoplesopen.net").
* Contribute to the network by installing a mesh node at your location using our handy [https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Mesh/WalkThrough Mesh Node Setup Walkthrough]. This is especially helpful for those who are within range of an existing node (seen as a wireless SSID named "peoplesopen.net").


If you want to join the mesh you'll need a mesh router at your home! Currently the best way to get one is to show up at our monthly general meeting as described above :)
If you want to join the mesh you'll need a mesh router at your home! Currently the best way to get one is to show up at our monthly general meeting as described above :)
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There are [[Mesh/Other mesh projects|other meshes]] around the world that have inspired us to make our own network!  
There are [[Mesh/Other mesh projects|other meshes]] around the world that have inspired us to make our own network!  
* [[Mesh/wlan-slovenia]] (slovenia) - mesh network in Slovenia with the first cross-country links to Austria and Croatia! wlan-sl developers have been incredibly helpful mentors since the beginning of the sudomesh project, and are the founders of the Nodewatcher admin database as well as the Koruza wireless optical link project.
* [[Mesh/Freifunk]] (germany) - the creators of batman-adv and one of the longest-running mesh networks in the world.
* [[Mesh/Freifunk]] (germany) - the creators of batman-adv and one of the longest-running mesh networks in the world.
* [http://guifi.net/en Guifi] (catalonia) - largest community network (using a variety of topologies) in the world - spanning upwards of 22,000 nodes across catalonia and spain. Guifi folks have also been incredibly supportive of sudo mesh and helpful in guiding the international movement toward community wireless networks.
* [[Mesh/Altermundi]] (argentina) - Connecting rural communities in Argentina to the Internet using long range point-to-point links connecting community mesh networks. Developers from Altermundi also contribute extensively to the Libremesh firmware and Librerouter, an open hardware mesh router in development.
* [[Mesh/Funkfeur]] (austria) - another old-school mesh network
* [[Mesh/Ninux]] (italy) - Spanning several cities across Italy, Ninux developers also contribute extensively to research on community networks, the dashboard admin interface NodeShot, and LibreMesh / Librerouter
* [[Mesh/Commotion]] - a very well-documented project from the Open Technology Institute creating a simple-to-deploy mesh firmware and setup for small community meshes around the world.
* [[Mesh/Commotion]] - a very well-documented project from the Open Technology Institute creating a simple-to-deploy mesh firmware and setup for small community meshes around the world.
* [[Mesh/San Francisco]] Mesh projects in San Francisco
 
* [https://hackerspace-krk.pl/webirc Mesh/Poland/Krakow] hackerspace in Krakow, Poland with mesh project
= Web Resources =
= Web Resources =


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