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The Free Software Directory reviews free/libre programs which you can install in your own computers. There are also online services which operate by running the program, but that is not the same thing.

The point of free software is that users control their own computing, both individually and collectively. The program is free software, so its users have ultimate control over it. Users who have studied computing can see what the program does, and what it doesn't do. They can verify that its code is honest, and that it does not try to track users or restrict what they do.

Not so with an online service -- because it might in fact be a dis-service. Users of a service never have control over what it does, and that includes services which run programs listed on the Directory. Even experts can't tell whether a service tracks or restricts users' actions, let alone fix it not to do so.

You can read more about this issue here:[1].

Pages in category "Services"

The following 2 pages are in this category, out of 2 total.

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