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 the GNU/Linux distributions we know of which only include and only propose free software. They reject non-free applications, non-free programming platforms, non-free drivers, or non-free firmware “blobs”. If by mistake they do include any, they remove it. To learn more about what makes for a free GNU/Linux distribution, see our Guidelines for Free System Distributions.
If you know of a distribution that may qualify but isn't listed here, please ask the distribution's maintainers if they want to follow these free software principles. If they do, and they would like their distribution to be listed here, they should write to <email@example.com>. Some distributions are making efforts to move toward a completely free system. We thank them for their on-going work to achieve that goal, and hope to list them here some day.
All of the distributions that follow are installable to a computer hard drive and most can be run live. They are listed in no particular order.
- gNewSense, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu, with sponsorship from the FSF.
- Ututo, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Gentoo. It was the first fully free GNU/Linux system recognized by the GNU Project.
- Dynebolic, a GNU/Linux distribution that places special emphasis on audio and video editing.
- Musix GNU+Linux, a GNU+Linux distribution based on Knoppix, with special emphasis on audio production.
- BLAG, BLAG Linux and GNU, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora.
- GNUstep Live, a GNU/Linux distribution with a user interface based on GNUstep, a free implementation of the Cocoa/OpenStep framework.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. These systems also follow our Guidelines for Free System Distributions.
Collections of free software
Free software documentation
The documentation at these sites may be older than the latest versions distributed by GNU.
- GNU manuals at delorie.com.
- Reuse RKT provides links to FAQs, standards and references.
- Aggregation of ChangeLog entries from GNU and GNOME projects.
- GNUjdoc is a central archive of Japanese translations of GNU documents.
Unofficial GNU sites
Free knowledge & free culture
- Wikipedia.org - The Free Encyclopedia.
- OurProject.org - Free Software & Free Knowledge for a Free Society (mostly in Spanish).
Organizations related to free software
- GNU Mexico - The Mexican branch of the GNU Project
- GNU Spain - The Spanish branch of the GNU Project
- GNU Italia - The Italian branch of the GNU Project
- Belgeler.org - A very compherensive Turkish Translation project including philosophical writings about Free Software
- European Software Patent Horror Gallery
- FFII: Protecting Information Innovation against the Abuse of the Patent System
- ICOT Free Software (in Japanese)
- Mutopia collects and distributes free music, and information about free music.
- Public Library of Science organizes support for online public libraries of science.
- OpenCores.Org is a volunteer group interested in developing hardware, with a similar ethos to the free software movement.
- OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. OpenStreetMap allows you to freely view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way.
- The Free Model Foundry - for electrical engineers, free simulation models of digital components.
- Archives of the Free Software Business mailing list
- Association For a Free Informational Infrastructure (FFII)
- FreeGIS Project
- Translation Project
- OFSET - The Organization for Free Software in Education and Teaching.
- FSF Europe, Free Software Foundation Europe.
- FSF France, Free Software Foundation France.
- FSF India, the Indian branch of the FSF.
- FSF Latin America, Free Software Foundation Latin America
- Free Software Consortium
- pFFP - The plugincinema Free Film Project promotes the use of free software to make and distribute films.
- Free Software Project in Brazil
- African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources, an organization dedicated to create opportunities for development and education with Free Software in Africa.
- GUGVe, promoting the Free Software in Venezuela.
- GnuLinuxClub.org, dedicated to the propagation and usage of GNU/Linux and Free Software among the general computer users community.
- techmeet.org, a site for discussing free website revision systems and arranging conferences on the topic.
- Fundacion via libre, an organization which promotes sharing and development of the knowledge based on free software movement principles.
Sites about the use and development of free software
- gnuino.org - a Spanish introduction to free software.
Companies that support free software development, and exclusively free software development
- Solis Coop (partly in Portuguese)
- Ada Core Technologies
- Cendio Systems AB
- Wingnut Project (in Japanese)
- PROSA (partly in italian)
- Intevation GmbH
- Propus Software Livre (partly in Portuguese)
Organizations that work for freedom in computer development and electronic communications
The OpenCores project exists to further the aims of the Open IP Core definition, which has 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.
- P2P United
This site fights legislation to ban peer to peer software.
- Electronic Frontiers Australia
Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc. (EFA) is a non-profit national organisation representing Internet users concerned with on-line freedoms and rights.
These sites provide hosting for free software packages, focused on source code. (We don't list other well-known hosting sites since they have advertisements or other encouragement for proprietary software. As usual, contact us at <email@example.com> if you have suggestions to add to the list.)
- Savannah, the hosting site provided by GNU for both GNU and non-GNU packages. (More info.)
- Gna, the hosting site provided by FSF France, with support from the French company Free.
In contrast, these sites offers general hosting for domains, including email and web support, with an emphasis on the libre philosophy. (They are not directly focused on software development.)
- sfccp.net, the San Francisco Community Colocation Project provides a location for non-profit organizations to host their own servers.
- mjzhosting.net, with a special interest in aiding any person, project or collective interested in radical social change (“ … principles of production and distribution involved with free software development—in terms of the visions of social organization qua hospitality it reflects and the relatively successful examples of praxis it represents—should be considered nothing short of a prelude to radicality … ”)
News about free software
These sites offer updated news about free software and (in some cases) GNU software.