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Kicksecure is a free and open-source Linux distribution that aims to provide a highly secure computing environment. It has been developed from the ground up according to a formidable -- and time proven -- defense in-depth security design. In the default configuration, Kicksecure provides superior layered defenses of protection from many types of Malware.

Kicksecure is a complete desktop operating system designed. Numerous applications come pre-installed with safe defaults which can be used immediately upon installation with minimal user input.


Usability by Default[edit]

While developed with security-focused design goals, Kicksecure remains highly flexible. The layered approach to security allows applications to retain usability. Kicksecure can be used for everyday "general-purpose computing" or for more risky activities that require a highly advanced security-centric platform. Since Kicksecure is Freedom Software users may install any application of their choosing -- no restrictions are placed on how Kicksecure can be used, customized or modified.

Based on Debian[edit]

Info Tip: Since Ubuntu is a Debian derivative, online help for Ubuntu most often works for Kicksecure.

In oversimplified terms, Kicksecure is just a collection of configuration files and scripts. Kicksecure is not a stripped down version of Debian; anything possible in "vanilla" Debian GNU/Linux can be replicated in Kicksecure. Likewise, most problems and questions can be solved in the same way. For example: "How do I install VLC Media Player on Kicksecure?" -- "The same way as in Debian apt install vlc. Kicksecure does not break anything, limit functionality, or prevent installation of compatible software.

Based on Freedom Software[edit]

Many people wonder why developers would spend countless hours of their own time to build an operating system and then give it away. Kicksecure developers believe it is immoral to benefit from those Freearchive.org / Freedom Software components and give back nothing to the community. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Kicksecure and many other Libre software projects are only made possible because people invested time in writing code and kept it accessible for the public's benefit. Of course, a lot of us just find it great fun.


Kicksecure Version[edit]

Each Kicksecure release is based on a particular version of Debian:

Kicksecure version Debian Version Debian Codename
Kicksecure 12 bookwormarchive.org

Users can manually check the Kicksecure version at any time by following this step.

Release Schedule[edit]

Kicksecure does not have a fixed release schedule. A new stable release only becomes available when it is deemed ready.

Support Schedule[edit]

Table: Kicksecure Support Schedule

Release Description
New Debian Release One month after a new stable version of Debian is released, Kicksecure VMs may no longer be supported on any older version of Debian. All users must upgrade the Debian platform promptly after the deprecation notice in order to use Kicksecure safely.
New Kicksecure Release One month after a new stable version of Kicksecure is released, older versions will no longer be supported. All users must upgrade the Kicksecure platform promptly in order to remain safe.
Deprecation Notices The deprecation notice is provided at least one month in advance and posted in the kicksecure.com news forumarchive.org. Stay Tuned! All users must upgrade the respective platform promptly in order to remain safe.

Next Steps[edit]

Learning more about Kicksecure is the best way to determine whether it is a suitable solution in your personal circumstances. The following chapters are recommended:

  • The Warning page to understand the security limitations of Kicksecure.
  • Further information about Kicksecure Features.
  • The implied Trust placed in Kicksecure when it is used.
  • The Security Guide, Advanced Security Guide and Design chapters detailing the Kicksecure specifications, threat model and implementation.
  • Other relevant Documentation explaining how to use Kicksecure safely.

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