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Avoid nonfree software


For system security its strongly advised to avoid installation of proprietary, non-Free software. The public scrutiny of security by design has proven to be superior to security through obscurity. For more information on installing third-party Free/Libre Software consult the advice on Install_Software#Foreign_Sources page.

As Richard Stallman puts it, Quotes:

  • „[...] If you run a nonfree program on your computer, it denies your freedom; the main one harmed is you. [...]"
  • „Every nonfree program has a lord, a master -- and if you use the program, he is your master.“
  • „To have the choice between proprietary software packages, is being able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software."

Read more, Is It Ever a Good Thing to Use a Nonfree Program? It is recommended to avoid using non-Free software and to use Free Software instead.

Open Source software like Linux is more secure than closed source software. The public scrutiny of security by design has proven to be superior to security through obscurity. This aligns the software development process with Kerckhoffs' principle - the basis of modern cipher-systems design. The system must be secure even if the enemy knows everything about how it works.

TODO add:

  • how Libre Software projects are most times more privacy friendly
  • how Libre Software projects encourage security bug reports, open discussion, public fixes and review

Related: Why Whonix will always be free in price as well as Free as in freedom?



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