Singapore GNU Group

Free Software in Singapore


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The Singapore GNU Group is a socio-political group in Singapore. The group is interested in the free software movement based on the development of the GNU operating system, with Linux as the kernel. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity to share knowledge and discuss issues with likeminded people in Singapore.

What is GNU?

The GNU Project started in 1984 and the goal is to produce a completely free Unix-like operating system. The product is GNU/Linux and it is now used by millions of users around the world. Even though it is more commonly referred to as "Linux" when it is using the kernel Linux, they are more accurately called GNU/Linux.

You can read more about the GNU Project at

What is free software?

Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. In English, it is libre software, not free of charge software. In Mandarin, it is Zi You software, not Mian Fei software. In Malay, it is software Bebas, not software Percuma.

Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies.
  • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public.

Positions of the Singapore GNU Group

The Singapore GNU Group supports, along with the Free Software Foundation, the rights to the freedoms of speech, association and opinion in order to build an open information society based on shared culture, free knowledge, and protected privacy on the Internet.

The group has chosen to not to take a stand in any political issues not connected with the principals declared herein.