The Free World - Directory of Free Software/Culture Related Websites

Last updated: July 22, 2018

This page is a directory listing for websites and other resources on the topics of free software and/or free culture. The contents of this page are sorted by category and accompanied by descriptions and applicable warnings. I have made this page mostly for my own benefit, but also to help anyone in the free world find useful or interesting resources.

Just about anything that is related to free software or free culture can go on here. Additionally, other resources on things more tangenitally related to free software, such as digital cryptography/security, educational materials about programming and other topics, and even stores of general information, are, in my opinion, deserving of inclusion here. The whole point is to create a nexus that links to a great many resources that a person who is concious of their freedom and privacy rights will appreciate and can use. Licensing information, especially for resources that you are supposed to download to your local machine, is preferable. If you know of any sites that should be on this directory, E-mail me at erik (at) chowhowse (dot) com.

Activist Organizations

This category is for the websites of activist organizations, social programs, or movements that are related in a major way to free software/culture.

Free Operating Systems

This category is for free operating systems. Note that not all GNU/Linux distributions are fully free (in fact, most are not). As such, I will not link all of them here. However, I am probably more lenient than some, and I am definitely more forgiving than the FSF. The main goal of this section is to document the OSes that make serious attempts to be fully free, rather than the somewhat more narrow category of OSes that succeed.

GNU/Linux Operating Systems


Free Programs

This category is for the websites and project pages of individual pieces of free software. This category will likely grow extremely large. My intention is to limit the entries here to only those free software programs that are notable, useful, important, and/or have a dedicated website of their own (a GitHub page is not enough). I will consider the latter of those qualifiers to be the most critical, though if the program is important or noteworthy enough, I may include it here even without its own website. Consider this discretionary on my part. Note that inclusion here does not imply my endorsement of these programs, nor any favoritism by me. It is simply meant to be a potentially useful list.

Low-Level Programs

Programming Languages, Tools, and Compilers

Web Browsers

Office Applications



This category is for sites that host news about free software, free culture, or other subjects of interest.

Linux News

Free Information

This category is for websites that present useful or otherwise desirable information as their main purpose. This can be encyclopedic articles, databases of info, free online books or educational materials, or something else.

Personal Sites & Blogs

This category is for the personal websites or blogs of individuals involved in the free software and/or free culture communities, or who might otherwise be considered notable in the world of free computing (such as perhaps historical figures or professors). Note that blogs for organizations would likely belong under another category. Also note that social media pages will not be included here. In fact, the sites typically refered to as "social media" will not be linked on this page at all, because of serious privacy concerns inherent in most of them. Any exceptions (such as, say, GNU Social) will be included in the Social Media section of this page.