User:David Hedlund

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I'm a intern with the FSF tech team this summer.

Live chat
I'm usually available as David_Hedlund on in the #fsf channel between 13:00-23:00 (run TZ="Europe/Stockholm" date "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M" to see my local time).

My real name is David Hedlund. I am a bureaucrat and an administrator on the Free Software Directory. (verify)

Feel free to email me at, chat with me on IRC, or contact me on my talk page (which will send a copy to my email). I'm also a free software developer.

Free software contributions

Note that private email conversations, forums that cannot list contributions if not logged in (eg, and chat logs are excluded here. Copying is permitted, but only if you modify the source.

My Project Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
GNU Sovix (inactive)
Feedback for websites - Freedom (IceCat promo) GitHub
WILB - Website Incompatibilities for Libre Browsers (IceCat promo) GitHub
Software facility profile Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
F-Droid (Replicant promo)
Free Software Directory
GitHub See "Source repo"
GNU packages
Mozilla (Firefox (GNUzilla IceCat), Thunderbird) (AMO) discourse.mozilla-community,
Major software Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
Bitcoin (ZCash promo)
Debian (gNewSense promo)
Coreboot (Libreboot promo) (no search)
GNU IceCat
MediaWiki (see Wikipedia)
Tor Browser (IceCat promo)
Operating systems Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
Arch GNU/Linux
Trisquel GNU/Linux
Ubuntu GNU/Linux (Trisquel promo)
Misc Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
Wikipedia (see MediaWiki)
Stack Overflow


Free Software Foundation

To Whom it May Concern,

It is my pleasure to recommend David Hedlund, whom I have known for a number of years when I was an employee at the Free Software Foundation (FSF), a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization based in Boston, MA USA. I found David had a great mix of not only being able to work hard and independently, but to also work as a team-player. His knowledge of free software and Internet technologies in general is extremely broad.

David was and remains a volunteer for the FSF. While David helps the organization in a variety of ways (including constructive and helpful feedback on all aspects of our work), most of my interactions with David were from his great many contributions to the Free Software Directory, a digital catalog of useful free software that runs under free operating systems. The Directory is a complex Wiki-based system for which David contributed data and information to in a variety of different ways. To help his own work, David even went so far as to write his own set of scripts to help organized and scrape data from other sites. His contributions to Directory not only helped the FSF as an organization, but have been used by countless members of the public, including academic researchers, who rely upon the Free Software Directory as a trusted and convenient source of information.

Please feel free to contact me at if you wish to a discuss David's qualifications and experience further. I'd be happy to expand on my recommendation.


Joshua Gay Former Licensing & Compliance Manager Free Software Foundation

Work on the FSD

"Free Software Directory volunteers are making a concerted effort to add many more IceCat extensions to the FSD. Driving much of this work is David Hedlund, who has curated lists of hundreds of popular add-ons for our community of volunteers to review and hopefully add to the FSD. David's approach is creative. His top tier list is browser add-ons with over one million daily users, his second tier list have between 100k and 999k daily users, and so on. In addition to creating these lists, David has made over a thousand edits and has added many new packages and pages to the FSD over the past few months." - Joshua Gay, Licensing and Compliance Manager, Free Software Foundation, GNU IceCat and the Free Software Directory, 2015-07-08

Notorious contribution to the FSD:


See Free Software Directory:Participate/Project Team for all Free Software Directory projects I'm involved in.


I've contacted the author of the *licenseutils* package and asked him to make automated verification possible. Currently there are over 2000 software that we need to verify licenses for on the list below, doing it manually isn't feasible.


When I was 23 years young, I read the biography Free as in Freedom by Dr Richard Stallman (RMS) who is also the founder of the Free Software Foundation, the GNU Project, and the GNU General Public License which all had a great impact on me. I had already I mostly used Debian GNU/Linux at the time that I migrated 100% to GNU/Linux after I read the book and contacted RMS eagerly because I was so happy that his book and the free software movement had helped me to let go of my ego and developed me into a free spirit. Stallman gave a positive response to my emails and since I was fascinated by his political philosophy in free software it didn't take long before I helped him to add political notes to his website, A few years later I decided that I wanted to contribute to the GNU Project, so I wrote GNU Sovix, a website revision system that at its time was quite innovative since its pragmatic code could modify both PostreSQL and MySQL databases. Stallman was my free software consult for GNU Sovix.

Several years later I joined volunteers to improve the free content in Wikipedia and Free Software Directory, and more recently PsychonautWiki. I've been the add-on repository maintainer for GNU IceCat a few years now. I've spent over 10k hours on free software activism and over 10 k to document about entheogens in overall. I've filed hundreds of bug reports.

Documentation contributions


Please don't take Wikipedia to seriously, they are not scientific, for example they say that "Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution... The Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to describe the operating system, which has led to some controversy.".

I personally think that Wikipedia is the most negatively emotional charged forum I've ever participated. I've never experienced so many hateful people on the same forum before, I've even been bullied by their admins on IRC. Wikipedians constantly critic your edits and thank you occasionally.

I was finally blocked because I could not remember all their editing rules which cover at least a book. I don't mind so much, I used to merge my own MediaWiki articles to Wikipedia. Now I cannot do that any longer, but that does not stop other people to keep doing it for me.

My favorite programs

Programs that I think is extra useful.

AnkiA spaced repetition flashcard program. GPLv3+
ColumnsWizardAdd a custom column, set the default columns settings for any new folder, and show hidden columns in the Conversation Tab and in the search window.
ElectrumA secure, forgiving, lightweight and easy to use Bitcoin client
G'MICGREYC's Magic for Image Computinghttp://gmic.euCeCILLv2
IceCatGNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser, MPL, MPLxy, MPLv2.0
IcedoveEasy to use e-mail client, LGPLv2.1orlater, MPL1.1
I2PInvisible Internet Project, GPLv2 with exception, Artistic, BSD
LicenseutilsPut copyright and license notices at the head of source code files, Other
Matrix-synapseSynapse: Matrix reference homeserver
Monero CoreMonero (XMR), after the Esperanto word for money, is a CryptoNight-based cryptocurrency forked from Bytecoin (BCN). 3Clause
Openbazaar-goOpenBazaar 2.0 Server Daemon in Go X.Org project
Openbazaar-desktopOpenBazaar 2.0 Desktop Client (talks to openbazaar-go server daemon)
Tor BrowserA Firefox ESR-based web browser for use of the TOR network, MPLv2.0
UBlock OriginA wide-spectrum blocker. Easy on CPU and memory.
Youtube-dlDownload YouTube and many other sites' videos


Collections to start


These entries carry extra high importance.

Issues that needs your vote

Software Popular long-term issue Vote Type Submitted
Firefox add-on: Nano Defender Vote Adblocker / Defender for Firefox issues mega thread Unapproved: describes that is not working for the moment.
LMMS LinuxVST support Feature 2004
Important Firefox add-ons Vote on APIs needed by Session Manager, Tab Session Manager, MySessions, Tab Mix Plus and other session managers, so they can be better Vote Feature 2005
Firefox Set a Default Text Size (or Page Zoom Level) in Tools > Options > Content > Default Page Size Vote Feature 2005
Thunderbird Opening or adding .ics files to calendar by double click Vote Bug 2006
Thunderbird global indexing should include Trash folders by default but global search results should not show Trash folder hits by default - 'Include messages in global search' for the Trash folder should be enabled by default. Vote Bug 2010
Texinfo MediaWiki to Texinfo conversion for texinfo Vote at the bottom of the page Feature request 2011
GitHub View list of issues I'm subscribed to, on the website Add a positive emoji Feature request 2014
Libreoffice no keyboard input after opening password protected .ods Bug 2012
Phabricator Phabricator should suggest possible duplicates when creating a new task Add thumbs up Feature request 2014
MediaWiki Allow users to be blocked from editing a specific article Vote Feature request 2004
MediaWiki Allow users to restrict who can send them notifications Vote Feature request 2017
Tor Browser Automated rounding of content window dimensions Feature request 2015
RadioDroid Suggestion: Make Favorite list exportable/importable Feature request 2016


Nonfree software

Political issues

Page content

Bug fixes

Feature requests

Need more volunteers

  • Savannah - I've been waiting for many months since I submitted a new project but it's still not approved. Nobody care to respond when I ask what's going on. This is obviously frustrating.
  • GNU IceCat -- I've already asked all GUIX icecat package maintainers to be part of the GNUzilla group
  • Data copied from Add-on lists
    • HTTPS Everywhere: Lots of unresolved bugs
    • Zcash: Lots of unresolved bugs

F-Droid apps

Missing free software in the ecosystem



List of _important_ apps that can be found in Google Play but not in F-Droid.

  • e-ID's -- This is and will remain the single most important kind of app that should be free because in the future it will be mandatory to wear a mobile phone connected with a identification system to even shop food to survive.
  • Sensors
    • External micro-USB (OTG) video camera
    • Magnetometer


I've sent this message 16 Aug 2015 to [libreplanet-discuss](, and repeatedly to the FSF, RMS:

Chrome Web Store is the official Chrome web browser website for
supported exentions. However, it can also be used to install extensions
to the free variants of Chrome known as Chromium and Iridium (built on
Chromium + improved privacy).

Iridium (unstable) can be installed from:
Iridiums extension directory is located in

However, Chrome Web Store do not show the license for the extensions
which makes it hard to verify which extensions that are free or not. You
have to install the extension and manually look into the source code of
each files in the extension directory.

I suggest that the FSF contact Google
and ask them to add "License(s)" to the default text to the extensions
in Chrome Web Store so we can build a verified free repository in the FSD.

# Response 30 Mar 2017
> DBH: I don't want to burden you, should I ask them myself every 3rd month for example?
> RMS: Today I had a discussion about it.  Sooner or later, things will start moving. 

The pages I've submitted

ACE UC SnifferA simple VoIP corporate directory enumeration tool
ARChon PackagerARChon Packager (formerly Chrome APK Packager) is a convenient way to produce Chrome ARChon Custom Runtime packages directly from your phone.
ARChon Runtime for ChromeRun Android Apps in Chrome in OS X, GNU/Linux and Windows
Blacklist/Click&CleanThe quick and easy way to delete your browsing history, erase all temporary internet files, remove downloaded files history, cookies, Flash LSO, typed URLs. Allows to delete private data when Firefox closes. Supported ext. tools like CCleaner. firefox.htmlThe X.Org project
CalendulaFund-raising/contact management software for non-profits
CfengineMaintains configuration of a heterogenous UNIX network
CheckerFinds memory errors at runtime
Chromium Embedded FrameworkThe Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) is a simple framework for embedding Chromium-based browsers in other applications. 3Clause
ColumnsWizardAdd a custom column, set the default columns settings for any new folder, and show hidden columns in the Conversation Tab and in the search window.
CryptocatChat with your friends, securely.
DecentraleyesProtects you against tracking through "free", centralized, content delivery. It prevents a lot of requests from reaching networks like Google Hosted Libraries, and serves local files to keep sites from breaking. Complements regular content blockers.
DuckDuckGo (HTML SSL)This add-on will put the HTML (non-JS / SSL) version of DuckDuckGo in your search bar.
DuckDuckGo (Lite SSL)This add-on will put the Lite (non-JS / SSL) version of DuckDuckGo in your search bar.MPL1.1
DuckDuckGo on TORSearch with DuckDuckGo using the TOR network without JavaScript
EID DSSThe Belgium Federal ICT Department (FedICT) is developing an eID Digital Signature Service under the GNU LGPL 3.0.
FoxyProxy StandardFoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox's limited proxying capabilities. For a simpler tool and less advanced configuration options, please use FoxyProxy Basic.
FriBIDFree software for Swedish e-idhttp://fribid.seThe X.Org project
G'MICGREYC's Magic for Image Computinghttp://gmic.euCeCILLv2
GcjwebpluginBrowser plugin that executes Java applets with exception
Gnu-archRevision control system
GnulibGNU portability library
Gnustepgraphical object oriented programming environment
GoldwaterMiddleware component of the DotGNU package
Google search link fixThis extension prevents Google and Yandex search pages from modifying search result links when you click them. This is useful when copying links but it also helps privacy by preventing the search engines from recording your clicks.
GoogleTranslateAutomatically translate from any language to your language.
Guile-debbugsAccessing the Debbugs bug tracker with Guile
Guile-gtkGuile language bindings for Gtk+ version 1.2
H264ifyMakes YouTube stream H.264 videos instead of VP8/VP9 videos X.Org project
Header Tools LiteAllows to modify the header and the source of messages
IceCat/Awesome Screenshot PlusCapture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share. And more!
IceCat/Belgium eIDUse the Belgian electronic identity card (eID) in Firefox
IceCat/BlockSiteBlockSite is an extension, which automagically blocks websites of your choice.
IceCat/Bookmarks CheckerCheck favorites for broken or bad links. It checks for bad links and displays a report if it finds something. Check for 404 links, timeout links.
IceCat/CanvasBlockerBlocks the JS-API for modifying <canvas> to prevent Canvas-Fingerprinting.</canvas>
IceCat/CompactHeaderAdd symbol in header plane to switch between compact and expanded view. Options to switch between one or two lines compact view, which buttons should be displayed in header pane. For Thunderbird 36 and older use version 2.0.9 (see version history)
IceCat/Disable WebRTCWebRTC exposes your internal network IP(s), without user interaction.
IceCat/Display QuotaThis extension will display the current status of your IMAP quota in thunderbird's statusbar and will warn you when you reach a configurable limit...
IceCat/Download Manager (S3)View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar
IceCat/Enhanced Desktop NotificationsProvides enhanced new mail desktop notifications using the notify-send library. X.Org project
IceCat/HackBarSimple security audit / Penetration test tool.
IceCat/Hide MenubarSupports to hide Menu Bar automatically, you can press the ALT key to show it temporarily.
IceCat/InFormEnterInFormEnter adds a small, clickable icon next to every input field in a web form, from where you can select the item to be inserted - no typing required.
IceCat/MM3 Proxy SwitchIn the Firefox Browser (and other Mozilla programs) you can per default configure only the setting for one internet connection. With this Proxy Switch you can manage different configurations and simply switch over between these.
IceCat/OPIEImport/Export your Firefox extension preferences
IceCat/Personal Menu (Personal Firefox Button)Bring back your personal and powerful Firefox Button!
IceCat/Personas PlusPersonas are free, easy-to-install "skins" for Firefox. Personas Plus extends that built-in functionality to give you even more control and easier access to new, popular, and your own favorite Personas.
IceCat/Privacy SettingsAlter Firefox's built-in privacy settings easily with a toolbar panel.
IceCat/Puzzle BarsPiece together all of your add-on buttons and extras into your browser window in exactly the way you want them!
IceCat/QrCodeREncode selection, links and images to QrCode with right-click.
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