oRouter Linux box offers secure Wi-Fi via Tor network

In today's open source roundup: The oRouter provides a secure Internet connection via Tor. Plus: Does Android stink? And SuperTuxKart gets a graphics overhaul

By , ITworld |  Open Source, Android, Linux

Privacy and security are on everybody's minds these days, given the NSA spying scandal. Many people are looking for quick and easy ways to secure their online activities. Enter the oRouter, a tiny computer powered by Linux that protects your privacy and secures your Internet connection by connecting via the Tor network.

According to TechCrunch:

As an end user, the process of using the oRouter is designed to be exceedingly simple. It’s zero configuration, meaning that you plug it in and then connect to the Wi-Fi network it provides. Unlike the Tor download, it requires no additional software in order to work. Once connected, as you browse the web and use online services, you’re actually using Tor (via Wi-Fi), thereby securing your communications from eavesdropping. In addition, for an extra layer of security, the oRouter’s MAC address (hardware address) changes every 10 minutes.

The oRouter uses off-the-shelf components purchased at Radio Shack, including a low-power single board computer from Texas Instruments, and low-power USB Wi-Fi dongles. The device only requires 5 volts of power to run, which allows it to pull juice from something as simple as a portable charger, for example. The version of the oRouter demoed at the Hackathon today supports up to 32 simultaneous connections.

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I really like the idea of the oRouter, it could be quite popular for folks that want a fast and easy way to protect their online privacy. Right now there's a countdown running on the oRouter site and you can sign up for an email notification when the site is ready.

Does Android stink?
Eye On Linux rebuts a column on TheStreet.com that said Android stinks.

According to Eye On Linux:

I have no doubt that there are plenty of Android users that love their phones as well. But you’ll never hear about that because they don’t necessarily throng together when a new Android phone launches. And it’s important to note that new Android phones come to market more often than iPhones. So it’s not like there’s one big launch the way that there is with an iPhone, there are many different Android manufacturers.

As I noted in an earlier article, I have no doubt the iPhone 6 will be a very popular phone. But it’s not going to destroy Android and Android doesn’t stink. Android and iOS devices will both remain viable choices for anyone who wants to use them.

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It always puzzles me why some people need to bash one platform or another. I'm a big believer in choices for consumers, and Android is certainly a valid and popular choice for many people. That's the way it should be since Android offers greater freedom in some ways than iOS and other competing mobile platforms.

SuperTuxKart gets new graphics engine
GamingOnLinux reports that SuperTuxKart has had its graphics overhauled and looks better now than ever.

According to GamingOnLinux:

I loved seeing the before and after bits, the game actually looks really quite something at times now and I will be surprised if this doesn't help it pick up popularity.

What's great about all of this is that this is the result of Google Summer of Code work by "Lauri Kasanen" to improve the Irrlicht game engine to give it many more advanced features, so this will actually benefit others too.

More at GamingOnLinux

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