Thread clarification: this is only about the wiki. Pre-installation of non-free software (there’s none) in Whonix by default would be very very unlikely and be discussed in a separate subject.
Obviously we shouldn’t encourage non-free software for common steps all over the wiki. For example
kdesudo kwrite or
kdesudo mousepad obviously should never be replaced by “
kdesudo microsoft-office”. That would be pure insanity.
However, I am not convinced that documentation of non-free software should be totally banned.
This discussion is a good reminder to increase warnings against non-free software in related place in Whonix wiki. For example https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Install_Software is currently missing a discouragement of non-free software. Perhaps using a template or short introduction with link to full section.
Other Libre Software projects (applies to Debian for some of below items) are documenting things like:
- non-free fonts
- non-free media formats
- historically adobe flash
- wine / play on linux with non-free games
- non-free file formats / editors
Imagine someone needs something like that in future (a journalist needing to open a non-free file submission) then a blanket ban on how to do it would only lead to the content being posted in the forums (and then we ban it there as well) or to be posted on third party pages where we then are loosing any influence.
Also, I am using Whonix wiki as a personal scratchpad. For example, the https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Wickr was only created by me due to a professional support inquiry. Otherwise I have no interest in Wickr. So I don’t even care to add Wickr to /Documentation. If more unrelated, if more offensive, it could even added the
__NOINDEX__ keyword to remove noise from search engine results. However, a unpopoular, difficult to find wiki page shouldn’t be removed only for ideological reasons of going to extremes like “never ever touch non-free software whatsoever”.
- move non-free software to their own wiki pages
- clearly mark non-free software as non-free
- suggest Libre alternatives if available
- add the proper warning boxes on top of any non-free software mention
These might need some adjustments to apply better.
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Template:Third_Party_Repository description isn’t ideal for software downloaded outside of a software repository (deb).
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Template:Avoid_nonfree_software is perhaps missing a few of @HulaHoop’s points?
- clearly mark non-free software as non-endorsement
Someone wanted to make an edit like “the Whonix team is no longer endorsing retroshare”. Which would imply it was ever endorsed. The word “endorse” is like a recommendation. But something in Whonix wiki (like VPN) is not an endorsement. Whonix can do many things. Some things like Tor Browser is recommended but other things are just documented for those who want it. Making such endorsement vs non-endorsement more clear throughout the wiki is also a task.