Software Liberty

Software Liberty refers to the freedom to control your own computing. Because it empowers the user to work, study and communicate, free software is important for anyone.


Free software is relevant

just as free speech is. Software is run everywhere in our society today, governing most of what we can read and do. Unless the user has some fundamental freedoms over it, she/he has no knowledge or authority over what is happening inside it.

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Free software is enabled

by the availability of source code, the "recipe" for the software. You should always be able to access and inspect this source code.
It does not matter if you do not have the knowledge or time to read and modify code: what matters is your freedom to do so, including the ability to have someone do it for you.

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Free software can be copied

at no cost. You may pay, however, for it to be written, adapted and updated – this is how free software companies generate revenue.

You may always use free software for any purpose, including commercial; on the condition that it remains free if you redistribute it. You can think of it as "mathematics".

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Free software is easy to use

and technically often superior to proprietary (non-free) software. Some famous examples, often merely called "open-source"1 , include the Firefox browser and the Linux operating system.

Discover more:
Linux GNU/Linux, or simply Linux, is a great and easy way to use only free software on your personal computer.
the FLOSS booklet The FLOSS concept booklet answers many frequent questions in a straightforward and easy-to-read way.
the Free Software Foundation The Free Software Foundation promotes computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute software. The Linux Pre-Loaded website lists vendors of hardware pre-installed with free software.
1 What we call "Free Software" here is also often called "Open Source Software". In practice the requirements are identical, although because the term "open" doesn't call to mind freedom, it misses the point.