Licensing resource series: Free GNU/Linux distributions & GNU Bucks
When Richard Stallman set out to create the GNU Project, the goal was to create a fully free operating system. Over 33 years later, it is now possible for users to have a computer that runs only free software. But even if all the software is available, putting it all together yourself, or finding a distribution that comes with only free software, would be quite the task. That is why we provide a list of Free GNU/Linux distributions.
Each distro on the list is commited to only distributing free software. With many to choose from, you can find a distro that meets your needs while respecting your freedom.
But with so much software making up an entire operating system, how is it possible to make sure that nothing nasty sneaks into the distro? That's where you, and GNU Bucks come in.
Our GNU Bucks program is a fun bounty program for finding licensing issues in endorsed distros. Helpful users and volunteers can file bugs with the distro if they happen to find some potentially non-free software. At the same time, they can email the FSF at email@example.com. Once the maintainer of the distro verifies the issue, the reporter can receive a GNU Buck, signed by Richard Stallman.
Like many of our resources, we depend on users like you to keep our endorsed distributions list and GNU Bucks program up and running. Here's how you can help:
Install and use a fully free GNU/Linux distribution.
Report any licensing issues you might find in an endorsed distro and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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