Just 45 products currently hold the FSF’s certification “that these products meet the FSF’s standards in regard to users’ freedom, control over the product, and privacy.” (That is to say, they run on 100% free software, allow the installation of modified software, and are free from DRM, spyware and tracking.) The FSF writes:
As with previous routers from ThinkPenguin, the Free Software Wireless-N Mini Router v3 ships with an FSF-endorsed fully free embedded GNU/Linux distribution called libreCMC. It also comes with a custom flavor of the U-Boot boot loader, assembled by Robert Call, who is the maintainer of libreCMC and a former FSF intern.
The router enables users to run multiple devices on a network through a VPN service, helping to simplify the process of keeping their communications secure and private. While ThinkPenguin offers a VPN service, users are not required to purchase a subscription to their service in order to use the router, and the device comes with detailed instructions on how to use the router with a wide variety of VPN providers…
“ThinkPenguin once again demonstrates a long-standing commitment to protecting the rights of their users. With the latest iteration of the Wireless-N Mini Router, users know that they’ll have up to date hardware they can trust for years to come,” said the FSF’s licensing and compliance manager, Donald Robertson, III.
Phoronix points its readers to the device’s page at ThinkPenguin.com “should you be looking to build out your wireless network using the decade old 802.11n standard.”
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