Who we are

Our website address is: https://fosslinux.community.

Effective Date: 2024-02-09

This Privacy Policy explains how FOSS Linux Community (“we”, “us”, or “our”) collects, uses, and discloses your personal information when you use our forum (the “Forum”). This policy also describes your choices regarding your information and how you can access and update it.

Information We Collect and How We Use It:

  • Account Information: When you create an account on the Forum, we collect your username, email address, and password. We use this information to create your account, verify your identity, and communicate with you about the Forum.
  • Activity Information: We collect information about your activity on the Forum, such as the threads you create and the posts you comment on. We use this information to improve the Forum and personalize your experience.
  • Device Information: We automatically collect information about your device, such as your IP address, browser type, and operating system. We use this information to troubleshoot technical issues and ensure the Forum is working properly.
  • Cookies: We use cookies to store preferences and track user behavior on the Forum. You can control your cookie settings through your browser.

Sharing Your Information:

  • We will not share your personal information with third parties without your consent, except as required by law or to protect the rights and safety of ourselves and others.
  • We may share aggregate, non-personal information with third-party service providers who help us operate the Forum.

Your Choices:

  • You can access and update your account information at any time by logging in to your account settings.
  • You can request to delete your account by contacting us at support@fosslinux.community.
  • You can control your cookie settings through your browser.

Children’s Privacy:

  • The Forum is not intended for children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.

Data Protection and Security

Data Protection:

  • We are committed to protecting your data and respect your right to privacy. We comply with all applicable data protection laws and regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) if applicable.
  • We only collect and process the data necessary for the operation of the Forum and to provide you with a safe and positive experience.
  • We will not share your personal information with third parties without your consent, except as required by law or to protect the rights and safety of ourselves and others.
  • We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.


  • We use industry-standard security measures to protect your data, including encryption in transit and at rest.
  • We regularly review and update our security measures to keep your data safe.
  • We have incident response procedures in place to address any potential data breaches.
  • We encourage you to choose a strong password and keep it confidential.

GDPR & CCPA Compliance

GDPR Compliance:

FOSS Linux Community strives to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for data subjects located in the European Union (EU). Here’s how we ensure GDPR compliance:

  • Legal Basis for Processing: We collect and process your data only with your informed consent, or based on another legitimate basis permitted by the GDPR, such as fulfilling our contractual obligations or protecting our legitimate interests.
  • Data Subject Rights: We respect your rights under the GDPR, including the right to access, rectify, erase, and restrict processing of your personal data. You can exercise these rights by contacting us at support@fosslinux.community.
  • Data Transfers: If we transfer your data outside the EU, we will do so using appropriate safeguards, such as standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission.
  • Data Retention: We will only retain your data for as long as necessary for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
  • Security Measures: We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your data against unauthorized access, use, disclosure, or alteration.

CCPA Compliance:

While FOSS Linux Community may not be solely focused on California residents, we still aim to uphold the spirit of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) whenever possible. This includes:

  • Right to Know: You can access the categories of personal information we collect and how we use it by reviewing this Privacy Policy. You can also submit a request to access additional details about your specific data through support@fosslinux.community.
  • Right to Deletion: You can request to delete your personal information by contacting us at support@fosslinux.community. Please note that certain exceptions may apply.
  • Right to Opt-Out: We do not “sell” your personal information as defined by the CCPA. However, you have the right to opt-out of the sharing of your personal information for cross-contextual advertising purposes by contacting us at support@fosslinux.community.

Data Retention:

  • We will only retain your data for as long as necessary to provide you with the services of the Forum and comply with our legal obligations.
  • You can request to delete your account and personal information at any time by contacting us at support@fosslinux.community.

Your Rights:

  • You have the right to access, rectify, erase, restrict processing, object to processing, and data portability of your personal information.
  • You can exercise these rights by contacting us at support@fosslinux.community.

Transparency and Reporting:

  • We are committed to being transparent about our data practices. We will provide you with clear and concise information about how we collect, use, and share your data.
  • We will notify you promptly in the event of a data breach that affects your personal information.

Editorial Policy

Linux.community is a forum dedicated to fostering open communication and collaboration within the Linux community. To ensure a productive and positive environment for all users, we have established the following editorial policy:


  • Relevance: Posts and comments should be directly relevant to the topics discussed in the forum. Please refrain from posting off-topic content or spamming.
  • Objectivity: While opinions are welcome, please base them on facts and avoid personal attacks, insults, or inflammatory language.
  • Respect: Treat all users with respect, regardless of their background, experience level, or technical expertise. Harassment, discrimination, and hate speech are strictly prohibited.
  • Accuracy: Strive to provide accurate and factual information. If you share information from external sources, ensure it comes from credible sources and verify its accuracy before posting.
  • Legality: Do not post content that violates any laws or regulations, including copyright infringement, illegal software distribution, or hate speech.


  • Moderators are volunteers who dedicate their time to maintaining a positive and productive forum environment. They have the authority to remove content that violates our editorial policy, suspend accounts, or take other necessary actions.
  • Content may be edited or removed without prior notice if deemed in violation of this policy.
  • Users who repeatedly violate our policy may be permanently banned from the forum.


If you disagree with a moderation action, you can appeal it by contacting the moderator team at support@fosslinux.community. We will review your appeal and respond promptly.


  • This is a community forum, and your actions reflect on both yourself and the community as a whole.
  • By using FOSS Linux Community, you agree to abide by this editorial policy.

Changes to This Policy:

  • We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on the Forum.

Contact Us:

  • If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at support@fosslinux.community.