Credit to this Reddit thread: https://old.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/kcwpwz/commercial_software_acts_like_viruses/

I am using a Mac for my everyday tasks, and recently I wanted to un-install Adobe, Google’s Chrome, and Microsoft Office.

The number of processes, agents and libraries that are distributed throughout the operating system is outrageaous. In a way they remember the way a virus works, penetrating deep into your system, silently installing applications and running them without your consent.

This is unbearable. Constantly calling home, without any user need (“c’mon, excel? Really?”). I do not need such amount of bloatware to run Excel, Photoshop, or other perfectly offline stand alone apps. These apps need to ‘strip-down’ to the bare minimum to be appealing again.

Something is very, very twisted in today’s commercial software.

@racoon
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I only install software from those corporations on virtual machines

@BlackCentipede
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Ditto, that why I set up KVM/Qemu for Windows and just kept Linux Host OS (Arch Linux) clean and computer have been working pretty perfect so far.

Right now the alternative is sufficient enough that I don’t need corporate software and instead use software like Krita/Gimp, Libreoffice, LaTeX, and so forth.

What is libre culture?

Libre culture is all about empowering people. While the general philosophy stems greatly from the free software movement, libre culture is much broader and encompasses other aspects of culture such as music, movies, food, technology, etc.

Some beliefs include but aren’t limited to:

  • That copyright should expire after a certain period of time.
  • That knowledge should be available to people, not locked away.
  • That no entity should have unjust control or possession of others.
  • That mass surveillance is about mass control, not justice.
  • That we can all band together to help liberate each other.

Check out this link for more.

Rules

I’ve looked into the ways other forums handle rules, and I’ve distilled their policies down into two simple ideas.

  • Please show common courtesy: Let’s make this community one that people want to be a part of.

  • Please keep posts generally on topic

  • No NSFW content

Libre culture is a very very broad topic, and while it’s perfectly okay for a conversation to stray, I do ask that we keep things generally on topic.

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