Lulzbot TAZ 4.0
Respects Your Freedom-certified by the FSF to run with all free software, making 3D printing more accessible and encouraging innovation.
Supports tetherless printing, optional Dual Extruder upgrade, and exotic filaments including wood-, rubber- and stone-like materials.
- Hardware designs available to make modification and improvement easy.
Makerbot Replicator 2
MakerWare software is proprietary, restricting freedom and stifling innovation.
Recently announced an increasingly proprietary approach, further distancing itself from the free software community.
- All of the ebooks are gratis, including classics like Peter Pan and Huck Finn.
- The original purveyor of eBooks free of DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), inspiring many others.
- Enjoy the freedom to read your ebooks on any device.
ThinkPenguin GNU/Linux Notebook
Apple Macbook Pro
Runs on proprietary software that restricts the user's freedoms.
Apple's App Store uses DRM to restrict what you can do with your purchases.
- Comes crawling with spyware.
Planned obsolescence: business model forces you to buy new devices frequently.
GIMP and Inkscape
- Free software, with thriving developer communities.
- Designed for free formats, but can also open files created in other programs.
- Wide variety of plugins grants limitless features.
- Easy to install on all major operating systems.
Photoshop and Illustrator
- Proprietary software controlled by Adobe.
- Prefers locked-down proprietary formats.
- Requires costly upgrades to stay up to date.
FSF-endorsed completely free operating system: transparent and modifiable.
Break the cycle of forced upgrades and planned obsolescence.
Comes with all the software you need and an easy software manager to find more.
- Works great with the Wi-Fi adapters in this guide.
Proprietary software that profits from controlling how you use your computer.
Invades privacy and exposes personal data to Microsoft, the NSA, and other malicious attackers.
Dependent on mandatory upgrades and devices that don't support older versions of Windows.
on everything (except music) controls what you can do with your purchases.
- Apple claims (wrongly) that you don't actually own anything you buy from the iTunes store.
- Requires proprietary software to use, even to download DRM-free music.
Fully free software, based on Android.
include both phones and tablets.
Works on used devices, so your dollars won't go to proprietary OS companies. (All commercially
available Android devices ship with some proprietary software.)
Apple iPhone, iPad and Watch
- Comes with no shortage of spyware.
iOS is a fully proprietary operating system, giving Apple control over the software on the devices.
Apple uses DRM to block competing software.
Least Authority File System
Free software system guarantees that you control who sees your data.
Decentralized infrastructure protects from attacks and give you flexibility in how your data is stored.
Client side encryption to prevent snooping, unlike Google Drive, Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Ubuntu One.
Requires granting Google a virtually unlimited license to any public data, and also having your public and personal data mined for ads.
Data may be accessed by
Soon-to-be federated to allow decentralized sharing.
- Supports free video formats and grants the ability to choose a copyleft license.
- Source files can be attached to an upload, making it easy to remix people's work.
Uses proprietary Adobe Flash player and patent-encumbered H.264 codec by default.
Implements DRM to control access to videos by device and region.
Imposes advertising on your uploads and polices copyright harshly.
More devices on h-node
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