Free Software Foundation adds libreCMC to its list of endorsed distributions

The FSF’s list consists of ready-to-use full
systems whose developers have made a commitment to follow the
Guidelines for Free System Distributions. This means each distro
includes and steers users toward exclusively free software. All
distros reject nonfree software, including firmware “blobs,” and
nonfree documentation.

The wireless network router is a ubiquitous device found in almost
every home or business. Virtually all routers on the market today
ship with proprietary operating systems. With libreCMC, users can now
replace the proprietary operating system on many routers with a 100%
free software operating system.

“Today, if you run libreCMC on your home router, you will gain more
control over your computing and over the security of your
communications. Over time, as a platform designed for and by free
software users, we hope libreCMC will make it easy for any user to run their own services, and to remotely access and share files without having to rely upon third-parties,” said Joshua Gay, FSF’s licensing and compliance manager.

Bob Call, the founder and lead maintainer of libreCMC, said, “The core goals of the libreCMC project are to provide a solid
platform that gives users the freedom to control their computing, both
in the embedded and large application spaces and eventually in the
area of high-performance computing. Right now, libreCMC supports five
different versions of routers, as well as the Ben NanoNote. In the
future, we hope to expand support to more devices, provide an easy
solution for users to host their own services, and pave the way for
free software to expand in the embedded world.”

The FSF is currently evaluating routers running libreCMC for its Respects Your Freedom hardware certification program.

More info about libreCMC and how to get involved can be found out at

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operating system developed specifically for the sake of users’
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one, the kernel. When in 1992 the kernel Linux was re-released under
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Media Contacts

Joshua Gay
Licensing & Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942

Bob Call
Founder & Maintainer


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