not free software

Proprietary software in use in the community-wiki

Free software comes with the source code - it’s open source. It can be studied, changed and distributed freely and it remains free. Free as in free speech, not as in free beer. Proprietary software is worthless to programmers because they neither have access to the source code nor are they allowed to improve it. Proprietary software doesn’t fly right. It’s much like capitalism, the notion of greed is hardcoded into it.


Many of the [[connected_web-services?]] associated with the [[community-wiki?]] are based on free software. A few are not but are still very popular. We use them but we do prefer freedom.

Proprietary software is used on the pages:

Plain free software in use is:

By the way:
Your computer runs on a proprietary operation system if sold to you by:

Your computer runs on a free operation system if given to you at no cost by:

Read more on the page en-wikipedia - free software, please.

To try out a free operation system on your computer (legally!) download the appropriate .iso file from, burn a CD or prepare an usb-stick from the file and boot your computer from the CD or the usb-stick.


A page copied from wikis I work on. It would be nice to improve it. I recently added the ubuntu link at the end. It’s running your box on open source code within a few hours after first hearing about it and like being introduced to a new world for some people.

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