Long Live Open Source Software !!

Today,people having portable device such as laptop or PDA is usual. 4 years ago, laptop was a luxurious thing. But now it isn’t. However, laptop is an expensive thing for some people, because of that some people lose their laptop to a thief. Of course, it can cause so much trouble to the owner. Many devices created to prevent looting. But what do we do when our laptop already lost? Don’t worry guys, there is a free and open source software that will help us to track our missing laptop. It’s Adeona.

As said in its official site, Adeona is first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means you only install Adeona on your laptop then you can track wherever it goes without relying to third parties services. And it’s free of course. Besides, unlike other commercial offerings, Adeona protect your privacies with only the owner or an agent who trusted by owner can track the laptop’s location.

Adeona uses the Open Source OpenDHT distributed storage service to store location updates sent by a small software installed on owner’s laptop. The client continually monitors the current location of the laptop, gathering information (such as IP addresses and local network topology) that can be used to identify its current location. The client then uses strong cryptographic mechanisms to not only encrypt the location data, but also ensure that the ciphertexts stored within OpenDHT are anonymous and unlinkable. At the same time, it is easy for an owner to retrieve location information.

After reading Adeona overview above, now i will talk about Adeona main properties. Adeona has three main properties, it is Private, Reliable, and Open Source and free. Adeona uses state-of-the-art cryptographic mechanisms to ensure that the owner is the only party that can use the system to reveal the locations visited by a device. So, owner’s privacy will save. Adeona also uses a community-based remote storage facility, ensuring retrievability of recent location updates. Moreover, Adeona’s software is licensed under GPLv2. So, it is free to use and you can help its development.

Last, the coolest feature of Adeona, i think, is its capability to capture image using the built-in iSight camera and the freeware tool isightcapture. Unfortunately, this feature avalaible only on Mac. I think it will be greater if Adeona can send location data without internet. But how is it? :mrgreen:

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