The ‘Libre’ in Libre Software

For those of you using proprietary platforms, powerful privacy tools may be your first encounter with Libre Software.

Unlike proprietary software, Libre Software is not some opaque mysterious blackbox, a shrink wrapped “product” or even a development process.

Libre Software is an evolving dialogue between contributors and users, constantly improving and evolving to meet their needs and yours too if you participate in the discussion.

It is a community dedicated to protecting your inalienable human rights in a predatory, global corporate-government surveillance climate.

By its definition, Freedom cannot force itself on you or choose you, you must choose it. If you enjoy using Tor and Whonix I encourage you to try a GNU/Linux distro as your host OS.

(Anything but Ubuntu though. It saddens me to make an exception but their hostile actions against the community and user privacy make them untrustworthy)

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3 comments on “The ‘Libre’ in Libre Software
  1. Mike H says:

    My comment is more of a question. In your article “The ‘Libre’ in Libre Software”, you mention Ubuntu as an exception as a host OS, which I understand. My question: what about Ubuntu variants such as Xubuntu, Mint (which I believe uses Ubuntu as its base), etc.? Debian would be my first choice if the variants are suspect, but it is (or a least can be) difficult to configure. Or possibly Fedora…

    • Anonymous says:

      Given what Ubuntu have already done I see no reason to trust them not to spread spyware into other packages, the ones the *buntus and Mint use (though Mint Debian Edition is fine).

      Fedora still isn’t perfect due to its use of systemd (which should not exist) but isn’t as bad as Ubuntu.

      • HulaHoop says:


        And another problem with relying on Ubuntu derivatives is that repositories are under Canonical’s mercy.

        Canonical wanted to charge(!) Mint for access to its repos. That is really a new low. The survival of your distro depends on whether Canonical wants to play nice or not.


        systemd has no privacy problems so I don’t see why you brought it into this. Hate it or love it, the truth is it fills a very important need for many distros out there. It standardized Linux boot time behavior and got adopted by every major distro out there including Debian (and even Ubuntu who tried to twist Debian’s arm to adopt their half-assed CLA’d Upstart)