After a much-too-long development timeline, I am beyond thrilled to finally announce that LibraryBox v2.1 is officially available!
This release brings with it some long-needed upgrades, including:
- Multi-language support for the user interface and a dozen languages built-in
- New CSS-styled file directory listings, including responsive design for tablets and smartphones
- Even more hardware is now supported, including our least-expensive hardware ever, the GL-iNet router that lets you build a LibraryBox for less than $25.
- DLNA support for playing media from your LibraryBox on your TV or other DLNA compatible device
- An improved upgrade process for future code releases that means no more need to SSH into your LibraryBox to upgrade it
- General stability and speed improvements that make using LibraryBox even better for everyone
One other change for the Project is that we are moving our “standard hardware” from the TP-Link MR3020 to the MR3040, and from this point forward if you choose to purchase a Librarybox directly from the Project rather than building your own (and we do suggest you build your own!) you will receive from us an MR3040 + 32GB USB drive instead of the older MR3020 +16GB package. Better hardware and more storage for the same price!
None of this is possible without the fantastic people that are a part of the LibraryBox Project, but without a doubt it isn’t possible without the patience and skill of Matthias Strubel. Nearly everything good about the v2.1 is because of his amazing talents, and I would like to thank him for being a partner and friend on this project.
The LibraryBox Project couldn’t have gotten this release out the door without support from the community and users. The v2.1 release of LibraryBox was partially funded by a Prototype Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and couldn’t have been done without them. We would also like the thank the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University for their support and resources during the last few months of the v2.1 development.
The LibraryBox Project is also supported by purchases of the product, and we’d like to thank those that have chosen to buy a LibraryBox from us directly. If you would like to support the LibraryBox Project in its future development, please contact us.