The goal of Byzantium is to develop and maintain a distribution of Linux which can run from removable media (such as a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or USB storage device) without needing to be installed. This distribution of Linux will include a graphical desktop, a control panel application which configures and manipulates services running on the Byzantium node, and mesh routing software which allows the creation of an entirely separate wireless Internet, functionally indistinguishable from a wireless access point of the sort that you’d find in a coffee shop or at home.
The Byzantium mesh network is theoretically uncensorable because it operates in a peer-to-peer fashion and avoids the existing infrastructure of the Net; any computer with a wireless network interface can become a part of the Byzantium mesh. Moreover, every Byzantium node comes with a number of collaboration and communication applications pre-installed, configured, and optimized for use by mobile clients (such as smartphones and MP3 players), from a wiki to a web-chat application to a collaborative word processor. Each application can be individually turned on and off so a particular Byzantium node doesn’t have to run everything all of the time, only the mesh routing software.
We will also write an ebook and translate it into different languages which explains how Byzantium works in a manner which is easy to understand, how to set up Byzantium nodes without our distribution of Linux, how to protect yourself if you’re running a node, and how to solve some of the thornier non-software problems (such as bridging meshes over distances longer than the unaugmented maximum range of 802.11a/b/g/n). While it would be great if we could include a FabFi kit in every .iso image it’s kind of hard to zip up an improvised antenna and cable set sitting on a workbench, so the best we can do is include and attribute the plans so you can build one yourself (at least until general purpose nanoassembly is perfected and we can include free/libre greyprints for one).