Software policy

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This page documents an adopted policy of Free Geek Vancouver
Approved by: General on June 17th, 2014.
Free Geek Vancouver supports free and open source software (FOSS).
Free Geek Supports FOSS and open source software wherever practical, information on FOSS and why Free Geek is proud to support it, see Why Free Software?


Free Geek will not distribute proprietary software on removable media, over the Internet or installed on hard-drives with some exceptions:

  • It is freeware
  • PC games, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays (which are considered media)
  • Console based video games

The reasons for this policy are:

  • Proprietary software (that is, software that one must pay for) goes against the principles of FOSS.
  • Re-selling software licenses can be a legal minefield:


This issue has raised strong opinions among our membership.

The public mailing list archives contain several interesting threads about this issue: