Brief: In this age of internet censorship and government surveillance, here is a rather new Linux distribution that helps you escape all this.
Struggling with the censorship frowning upon your internet connection? Worried about surveillance on your internet usage? MOFO Linux is the package deal for you with all the tools bundled in for (quoting from their official site):
defeating all major methods of internet censorship and surveillance used by governments, corporations, schools, and internet service providers.
Yes, the MOFO here is actually what you think it is, the popular American street slang.
The developers of MOFO Linux focus on providing you with a complete toolset for roaming around the internet safely with absolute freedom.
MOFO Linux is built on top of Ubuntu with Unity desktop environment. The installation procedure will feel quite the same as traditional Ubuntu installation and so will the interface.
The difference is the wide variety of tools that comes with it. Some of them will be sitting there right on the Unity dashboard and some of them will need a few more clicks to get to.
Let’s see what it got:
VPN & Proxy Tools
OpenVPN is well supported in MOFO Linux. Then there is Bitmask, an application for easy and secure encrypted communication. If you find configuring OpenVPN a bit intimidating, Bitmask has a more friendly interface. SoftEther VPN is supported as well.
Talking about VPNs, if you are not willing to setup one yourself, you can buy a good VPN service on our online shop.
Deepweb & Anonymous Networking
( I know, all those names of technologies with similar functionalities sound really confusing. We are going to talk about that shortly. )
MOFO Linux also has full support for eCryptfs, an enterprise cryptographic stacked filesystem for Linux.
MOFO Linux includes some other applications too. It also has some modification for security and multimedia purposes and supports Arabic & Chinese language.
Confused with All These Tools?
Me too! MOFO Linux sure has many useful and advanced tools for fighting with network censorship & surveillance and also lots of alternatives, but there is a lack of documentation and guides for when or how to use which one.
Probably, the developers of MOFO Linux assumed that the users will already be familiar with the tools they want to use, but that might not always be the case, e.g. for beginners. They should consider addressing these issues.
Worth a try?
Well, sometimes I think that there are already a few too many Linux distros out-in-the-wild. But maybe that’s the beauty of Linux – nobody is stopping you from creating yet another. Few days back only we saw a new Linux distribution for programmers.
So, even if you are a beginner and want to try playing with MOFO Linux, go for it. But try it in live USB or VM first. That’s how we learn new things and not mess our existing system at the same time.
What do you think about MOFO Linux? Want to share your thoughts with us?