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We are a bunch of volunteers trying to make everyone aware that the game we play (Game of Trade) is creating most of today’s problems: from corruption to violence, hunger to bad products, data collection to privacy invasion, human made climate change to waste, and so forth. It simply throws people into a Monopoly-kind of game where everyone has to “trade”: do something to obtain something else. This imbalance of power between those who need/want and those who have/provide makes human beings behave very badly (hoard resources, waste, create poor quality products, lie, deceive, abuse, etc.). We explain in detail, and well sourced, all of this line of thinking and solutions to combat this primitive type of society, on www.tromsite.com, since 2011.

We’re not only creating awareness about this issue, but we create solutions (as much as we can). The antidote for a Trade-Based society, is a Trade-Free society, and we are creating trade-free goods and services. In today’s world the notion of “free” has lost all of its meaning. FaceBook proclaims to be “free” but they collect your data in order to let you use their service; YouTube shoves ads into your face and proclaims to be “free”; Android is a promoter for Google products and labels itself in the same manner. These are money-free, cryptocurrency-free, and so forth, but NOT trade-free. They want something from you (a trade, such as your data or attention).

When something is trade-free, it means it wants nothing from its “users”. Like no collection of data, no wanting for people’s attention or currency, and so forth. This is the purest form of free and the most honest one.


Indeed Manjaro can be seen as trade-free since they do not collect people’s data, ask them for money in order to use their operating system, and so forth. However they promote trade-based applications in their default Manjaro installations such as Steam, FreeOffice or Microsoft Office – and maybe other packages too. These packages want something from people (a trade) – either money, or data, or attention. Therefore we removed all of such packages and only kept (plus added) trade-free packages. We wanted a Linux Distribution that is honest and does not want to deceive you into all kinds of trading schemes.


You can access our build profile here (meaning you can build TROM-Jaro yourself). We tried to keep TROM-Jaro as minimalist as possible and let people use our APPS section to install whatever they wish from our curated trade-free package list. We have changed a lot of defaults and added our own custom scripts. Please see the homepage for an in-depth presentation of TROMjaro.
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