quiting manjaro due to usage of closed source software

1 Like

I personally never used office and I never will, I was in the Fedora comm. one of the test developers and testers and I quit cause of closed source software (IBM), I have not changed my mind in 10+years about closed source software and never will (don't care about explanations) AT any cost, long live open source :slight_smile:

As a data scientist and previously software engineer and sys admin I never trusted closed source software and never will, for any reason.
Long Live Open Source Software.
Regards, Myrddin

1 Like

I'm wondering how you run steam and all those closed source games then.


bye bye


Closed-source software isn't necessarily evil. Some of it can be useful.

For example, as a data scientist have you ever used SPSS?

How many people would actually complain if Adobe made Linux-native versions of Photoshop etc.?


I just downloaded and installed Cinamon no freeofflice slill libreoffice so whats the sooking for

community editions are free to pick freeoffice. It is their own choice.

The discussion here is about the official Manjaro images with XFCE, gnome or KDE.

they need to give a install options to change in the iso

1 Like

Yeah I play steam and I believe all the games I play are open source (0ad, openra) even once that are not are old the the source code is available only age of empires red alert etc. SteamOS is the most open source option compared to XBOX and PS4 or EAs Origin etc.
I also watch Netflix,HBO and Hulu, but I do all that with the games is done on an isolated PC game / entertainment using separate router with zero access to my personal data or LAN computer with my personal data or work docs.

I know of SPSS I am from Germany and I used to work / consult for the company during the days when the used open source. For work I use Trueos BSD LaTex and R / python programming language no good data scientist uses automated software like SPSS only analyst do.

I don't care about features of freeoffice I don't want any closed source software near my personal photos, music, vidoes, work PC via lan vpn work docs or personal data.

I prefer to use GNOME and offical edition of manjaro, if it has closed source software I will install Arch with gnome problem solved.

Is this some kind of religion thing?!


Religion for me is still undecided question betweem: star wars, star trek and stargate :smiley:

I cannot comment about Adobe or Photoshop since I never used the software and I do not know what it is but if it is like dremviverfor htlm editing or text edition I am sure I won't need it I do all in latex automated formating.

After I quit windows I used MacOS for a while 10+year ago, Adobe even then did shady stuff with user analytics, cause of Adobe I moved to Fedora andUbuntu

Before comments start I moved from Ubuntu due to some similar deal with Amazon about search box using closed source software to show products to "help" users and improve experience.

With the promise of improved freeoffice features my suspisons are confirmed that it is a done deal (the decision needs to be sold to the community) and offical manjaro will have freeoffice by default with option to install on community editon. I am 89% sure of it.

Which part of my reply confirms any of this? It's literally the opposite.

Why would their be a post about advance fetures with freeoffice for manjaro if the decision to not install by default is cancelled. I was put as a manager and team leader many times to say that we will rething a decision and after the people calm down in a while we will convince them it is a good decision.

In various recent posts, & threads, i perceive a certain amount of active https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ElmerFudd.gif :wink:


Because they are not mutually exclusive.

Installation by default is a bad idea. It's not going to happen.

However, giving companies a way of getting software into Manjaro is a good idea, and it's even better if a company changes their software to work better under Linux. Everyone benefits from that.


You don't use proprietary tools and yet you are using hardware that uses Intel Management engine, which is Absolutely proprietary.

How can you sleep at night? :smiley:

1 Like

It is a closed source software and I am 100% sure as long as it is like that I will not use it or manjaro, Amazon used same argument when they wanted to help Ubuntu users with search, while they were collecting data :smiley: I am not saying freeoffice is doing it, but we don't know what they are doing cause it is closed source code. I respect companies like the germany company from Numberg Bavaria: softmaker creator of freeoffice and that they want to bring new users to Linux and help Linux, I ONLY have issue with the software being closed sourced not open sourced, they should make freeoffice open sourced.

It is good that you know what Intel software I use :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Manjaro and other distros have a lot of closed-source software available in their repos.

For example: Nvidia drivers.

You don't have to install or use any software in the repos. Avoiding a distro just because you can potentially use software which is closed source is a bit silly.

Therefore, if you want a FOSS-only distro then Manjaro was the wrong choice in the first place and you should look at e.g. Trisquel or Parabola.


Forum kindly sponsored by Bytemark