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