Very cool OSS project for tracking and recovering your lost or stolen laptop. It’s a project from the University of Washington. This app sounds like a great way to address the 12,000 laptops lost per week at US airports.
The UW website states:
“Adeona is the 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 that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there’s no need to rely on a single third party. What’s more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner’s choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop. “
A very cool feature is using the iSight camera to take pics of the “user” after your laptop has been lost/stolen. This feature is for Mac OS X, but Adeona is useful for laptops of all kinds. The team is looking at Adeona for mobile devices.
Linux, OS X and XP/Vista are supported.