We have many reasons, in general, why to use free software and to use decentralized, private/anonymous services, instead of proprietary software or services.

Ethical reason: we all benefit by sharing knowledge

Personal reason: with free software, our computers do what we want them to do! On the other hand, with proprietary software computers are controlled by other people.

Economic reason: users lock-in. Switching away from proprietary software can require significant time or financial costs.

Convenience: forced to do what a company thinks best (for example you must use their software or files type)

Privacy: you become constantly watched by somebody who can do pretty much whatever they want with your personal data, because you've "agreed" with the "license agreement" that they can. This is by very far the most serious argument that people seem not to understand, because they always say "so what? What I'm doing with their service is of little value anyway!".

Testamonials and Examples

We searched the web for Non-Peers Community people who had shared their own experiences and expertise.


As an alternative to some proprietary communications, and gaming platforms, we recommend the following. For a catalogue of free software in general, see The Free Software Directory.

The FSF also has their own list of recommendations for secure and private computing.

For choosing a free system, GNU recommends a selection of free distros.

Also, note that GNU and Replicant both have hardware supplier recommendations.

Arduino/Genuino Libre prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software (FAQ)
F-Droid source Android application package manager
Firefox source Free web browser by Mozilla
FreedomBox A personal server that protects privacy. Also, the project maintains a list of free hardware over at the Debian wiki.
GIMP source cross-platform image editor
gnusocial source Federated social networking/communication software for both public and private communications.
IceCat source GNU version of the Firefox browser. Also, with the FSF directory list of free addons.
keepass2 svn A light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.
Kontalk source End to end encrypted chat, based on XMPP
Libregamewiki A wiki of free games and related topics by Han Dao. All documentation under dual GNU FDLv1.2 and CC-BY 3.0. Powered by MediaWiki
LibreOffice source A powerful office suite, including word processor, spreadsheets, and slidedeck maker.
Minetest source An infinite-world block sandbox game with survival and crafting.
Mumble source A voicechat (VoIP) program originally implemented for gamers written on top of Qt and Speex.
OpenPhoenux Independent Mobile Tool Community, whose devices run free software.
Replicant source A free fork of Android.
VLC Media Player source A cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.