Why Kicksecure ™ will always be Free as in Price as well as in Freedom

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Kicksecure ™ is free of charge.
GNU logo. Kicksecure ™ is Freedom Software.
OSI logo. Kicksecure ™ is Open Source.

Overview[edit]

Table: Why Kicksecure ™ is Freedom Software

Motivation Rationale
Security Open Source software like Qubes, Debian and Kicksecure ™ is more secure than proprietary/closed source software. The public scrutiny of security by design has proven to be superior to security through obscurity. This aligns the software development process with Kerckhoffs' principle - the basis of modern cipher-systems design. This principle asserts that systems must be secure, even if the adversary knows everything about how they work. Generally speaking, Freedom Software projects are much more open and respectful of the privacy rights of users. Freedom Software projects also encourage security bug reports, open discussion, public fixes and review.
Legal Kicksecure ™ is based on Freedom Software. A lot of Libre licensed software prohibits modification and distribution without sharing the modified source code.
Ethics Kicksecure ™ developers believe it is immoral to benefit from those Free/Freedom Software components and give back nothing. We stand on the shoulders of giants - Kicksecure ™ and many other Libre software projects are only made possible because people invested in writing code that is kept accessible for the public benefit.
Community It is rewarding and enjoyable to have all types of people contributing. This works best in Open Source projects.
Impact When free in price, Kicksecure ™ can spread faster than commercial tools that cannot provide security by default/design.
Commerce Developers hope to make a living from Kicksecure ™ by selling additional services. (Priority Support | Professional Support)
Career Our experience volunteering on this project improves our skill set and makes us more valuable employees.

No Intentional User Freedom Restrictions[edit]

In the spirit of Freedom Software, Kicksecure ™ does not intentionally restrict user freedoms. Kicksecure ™ documentation might discourage certain configurations, but ultimately the user is free to ignore such advice.

In their default state, programs developed under the Kicksecure ™ banner may afford additional protection against unsafe user configurations. For example, users are unable to - no good example yet - since this is a known security risk and recommended against, but documentation is still provided on how to disable this security mechanism. Simply put, the end user maintains ultimate control over the final Kicksecure ™ configuration best suited to their needs.

Since Kicksecure ™ is based on Debian it is valid to state that Kicksecure ™ has adopted a specific Debian configuration. For this reason advanced Debian users can independently replicate the same technical implementation. Anything Kicksecure ™ has pre-configured can be re-/de-configured by the user without restriction. User customization is not prevented by technologies used inside Kicksecure ™, nor is configuration of Kicksecure ™ intentionally obfuscated.

Simply put, the end user maintains ultimate control over the final Kicksecure ™ configuration that best suits their needs.

Software Fork Friendly[edit]

Kicksecure ™ policy is that the name of the project should ideally be a variable so it can be easily changed through a software fork.

For example, Kicksecure ™ wiki markup text does not write Kicksecure ™ literally. Instead it uses variables such as project_name_long which contains variable content Kicksecure ™. By changing the contents of that wiki template to a different textual string such as MyForkedProject, the name of the project would change wiki wide from Kicksecure ™ to MyForkedProject.

This is also the reason why many packages names developed under the Kicksecure ™ umbrella contain dist (which is a generic abbreviation meaning "distribution") instead of kicksecure-. Kicksecure ™ source code such as package names avoid using the literal string Kicksecure ™ as much as possible. Contributions towards that effort are welcome.

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