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Template: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.

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