Explaining Why We Don’t Endorse FSF-endorsed Systems

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We are asked why we don’t endorse most FSF-endorsed distributions, usually well-known within the FSF community.

To learn more about the GNU+Linux systems that we do endorse, check out our list of free GNU+Linux distributions. The only FSF-endorsed distribution that we endorse there is Parabola.

Blag

It’s a dead project.

Dynebolic

It’s a dead project.

gNewSense

It’s a dead project.

GuixSD

It’s the GNU project’s official distribution. Libreboot is opposed to the GNU project. It’s actively developed, but it’s not yet ready for use by most end users.

Musix

It’s a dead project.

Trisquel

The lead developer (Ruben Rodriguez) of Trisquel is one of the accused FSF employees in their recent discriminatory firing of a trans person from the FSF, and Trisquel is one of the most aggressively promoted distributions on the part of the Free Software Foundation. We are opposed to the FSF, and Trisquel endorses them, so endorsing Trisquel means endorsing the FSF.

The lead developer (Ruben Rodriguez) also works full-time as an FSF sysadmin, and seems to barely have time to develop Trisquel these days. As a result, with a lack of leadership (and Ruben presumably still holding on), the project has stalled and will probably end up becoming a dead distro. Critical security updates are currently delayed compared to Ubuntu, their upstream!

Several people within the Trisquel project have even left the project as a result of this. For instance, this post on the Trisquel forums clearly shows such discontent: https://trisquel.info/en/forum/im-leaving-trisquel

We advise all users of Trisquel, whether they use libreboot or not, to switch to the most similar free distribution, Debian, which is listed on our official list of GNU+Linux distributions recommendations.

Ututo

It’s a dead project.

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