not private as in Non-F/OSS. I think most everthything I want to build already exists in repositories in one form or another. I just need to piece it all together. The gadget I am trying to materialize is aimed at being fully F/OSS as can be. This is why I am being kind of a Nazi about certain hardware. I do not want to design anything that is stuck to a piece of hardware that is proprietary. This thing has to be able to be built at home by individuals anywhere to meet the standards I hope to keep. If this is what you mean? If someone is able to compress it all into a tiny chip and sell that, more power to them. On my end, I am only interested in making a thing anyone else can make. Its basically an amateur radio with a computer in it. If you go to arrl.org - Home
this will give you an idea of how HAMS do radio. I grew up in a HAM world. I hope I got your question right?
Would I like to be able and sit down and hack out my own working LVM as if I knew what I were doing? You bet! But the way I seen Slackware CURRENT fly on my old antique X301 on XFS (the Specs on this machine are like a quarter of the first Android G1 or less) 4 GB HD, 52mb RAM USB 1.0 CD Drive; I may have got the nomenclarure wrong? Its a 1998 Thinkpad. I stuck a cheapest chinese USB wifi nib in it and got online to see if YouTube would spin, and it did! A darn fitbit has this much torque. So I know Slackware will do what all I need it to do. The radio can be made with vacuum tubes. Or it can be made (Texas Instruments has a few) from components mounted on circuit boards, or bought in chips or boards like BeagleBoard.
What I want to build is not a whole lot different than the equipment HAMS did with Packet Radio in the 1970's and 80's. They had dreams of hardware that have become reality today. I just want to make those dreams come true, to do more than send packets of data to light up a bulletin board and talk dirty to one another. These radio pioneers were doing more than what I thought was just being perverts; they laid down what is today our cellular networks.
They had envisioned what more could be done IF this or that could happen. Those IF's are a dime a dozen these days in Mouser Electronics. It seems the world is caught up in a frenzy of perpetuating ARM devices to support the ISP's. Whatever. The point is we have everything we need already from software to hardware to create a Peer to Peer Network that can accomplish even more than the Internet does for us today. Eliminate ISP's and so forth.
I am getting way ahead of myself, but Google comes up in my rants. I see Google as a P2P Network. Google itself is made up of Nodes. I think something like Google could be an assistant to the P2P Network if it truly implemented Artificial Inteligence. Our P2P devices can then be real assistive devices.
Also the way we interact with these will be more on an Interpersonal level. Embedded Flexable Ceramics are a reality. Sensors embedded in these devices can do more than flash pixels and make noise. I want to go it one more level and then some.
Slackware can do.