When we talk about security, we're talking about being unsure about everything, unless it's proven. While proprietary software can't be checked, lets you study the program, share it (e.g. to get help), modify it, and share your modifications and all these are preconditions to make sure a program is secure and -respecting.


While many free programs have bugs, those bugs and insecurities can be fixed by anybody with a copy, without being forced to rely on the program's developer.

gives you the right to share your copy, so if you're not a programmer, you can still benefit from this freedom and fix a bug or insecurity.

@arh if a proprietary program breaks for you, you can only get support from the proprietor, and it can tell you to get lost.

With Free Software, anyone (even you!) can study the source code, find why it breaks and fix it, if you know how. If not, you can get someone to do it for you, or you can ask the community or the developers.

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