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Links to Other Free Software Sites

To help promote knowledge of free software that isn't GNU software distributed by the FSF, we have collected the following links to other web sites that contain free software, or is directly related to the issue of free software.

We do not have links to web sites of the well-known GNU/Linux system distributions, or to the well-known BSD system distributions, because all those sites explicitly describe, and facilitate access to, various non-free programs. We would be glad to know of other Free Software web sites that we could link to here.

The FSF is not responsible for the content of other web sites, or how up-to-date their content is.

Free GNU/Linux distributions

These are all GNU/Linux distributions we know of which consist entirely of free software, and whose main distribution sites distribute only free software. If a distribution does not appear in this list, there's a small chance that it qualifies and we do not know it; however, almost certainly it contains or distributes non-free software.

We would especially like to know of other GNU/Linux distributions that have a policy not to include, or recommend, non-free software. Developers of such distros that wish us to be aware of their distributions should contact <>.

  • UTUTO-e, a GNU/Linux distribution containing only free software. In both Spanish and English.
  • Dynebolic, The instant bootable GNU/Linux
  • BLAG, blag linux and gnu
  • GNUstep, another instant bootable GNU/Linux distribution
  • Musix GNU+Linux, a bootable GNU+Linux distribution, in both Spanish and English

Magazines related to free software

  • Free Software Magazine is the free magazine for the free software world, available on paper and in electronic format.

Ports of GNU software

Collections of free software

Other free software

Free software documentation

Note that documentation at these sites may be older than the latest versions distributed by the FSF.

Unofficial GNU sites

Free knowledge & free culture

Organizations related to free software

Sites about the use and development of free software

  • - a Spanish introduction to free software.

Companies that support free software development, and exclusively free software development.

Organizations that work for freedom in computer development and electronic communications


    This site is devoted to providing information about the European Copyright Directive and similar legislation. This site concentrates on the two principal problems of the EUCD from a computer user's perspective: the ``Takedown'' Clause, which makes it easier for copyright holders to censor webpages on ISPs, and the Anti-Circumvention Clauses, which give legal protection to copy-protection measures, and in the process compromise public policy goals in copyright itself, human rights, competition policy and hinder academic research.

  • OpenCores

    The OpenCores project exists to further the aims of the Open IP Core definition, which includes the following tenets:

    • Information on using the hardware must be available.
    • The design of the hardware must be available.
    • Design software for hardware must be available.

    Chilling Effects is a collection point for cease and desist notices concerning online activity -- we invite visitors to enter C&Ds they have received or sent. The website collects the C&Ds in a searchable database and hyperlinks them to explanations of the legal issues.

  • The League for Programming Freedom

    The League for Programming Freedom is an organization that opposes software patents and user interface copyrights.

  • Free Protocols Foundation

    The Free Protocols Foundation (FPF) is an independent public forum, dedicated to the support of patent-free protocols.

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation

    EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression, in the arena of computers and the Internet.

  • Electronic Privacy Information Center

    EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.

  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

    CPSR is a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others concerned about the impact of computer technology on society. We work to influence decisions regarding the development and use of computers because those decisions have far-reaching consequences and reflect our basic values and priorities.

  • American Civil Liberties Union

    The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation's foremost advocate of individual rights -- litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States.

  • Global Internet LibertyCampaign

    The GILC comprises of members from American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Human Rights Watch, the Internet Society, Privacy International, the Association des Utilisateurs d'Internet, and other civil liberties and human rights organizations. They advocate the prohibition of censorship of on-line communication, and insist that on-line free expression should not be restricted by indirect means such as excessively restrictive governmental or private controls over computer hardware or software, telecommunications infrastructure, or other essential components of the Internet.

  • Save the []

    This site opposes the INDUCE act (now called the IIC act), which makes illegal the "inducement" of copyright infringement. This act could be used to penalize any person or company who provides a device or service that could do anything to bring added value to copyrighted material.

  • P2P United

    This site fights legislation to ban peer to peer software.

Other free operating systems

We would especially like to know of other free operating systems that have a policy not to include, or recommend, non-free software. Developers of such operating systems that wish us to be aware of their system should contact <>.

News about free software

These sites offer updated news about free software and (in some cases) GNU software.

  • GNUticias, news about free software and the GNU Project (spanish).


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