Re: Why does the GNU foundation promote uncommon distros?
Really, the freedom is the ability to read, learn, and reverse engineer the code, to further our understanding of it. Your lack of understanding of openSSL, does not mean it does not benefit it, we can know what is going on with it, and we can investigate it, while not all things are going to be known about it, we can discover and refine things about it. Like with the patch for the heartbleed bug.
Basically, if you do not know coding, of course you are at the mercy of the coders. Closed Source though, takes that freedom away completely. You can not really study it, you can not change it to make it better, and if you find out they were doing something illegal, (perhaps by reverse engineering), you can get in serious trouble. MS is a great example, when they stole a certain feature from a certain competitor, and when said competitor found out and won their lawsuit against MS, MS sued them for reverse engineering to find this out.
So the Idea of FSF approved Distros, is that it is completely free to study, to learn, to use. Thus we can learn, and see if someone is cheating us or not. (Spying on us), and sadly, this is not always possible.
Now saying that, it does seem to go a little to far sometimes, but that happened because to many were doing things they were not suppose to do behind their closed source code. If the whole NSA thing is not a good example of it, I do not know what is. So this has even made pushes for other Open-source things like Hardware too.
So while it is hard, it is just them trying to give people a chance at something that is suppose to be completely free.
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