Free Software Directory:Participate/Project Team

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This page is for cataloging larger projects on the Directory. These can be projects to fix a particular issue, or organizing a team to focus on improving a certain category of software. This page lists current projects, their team captains, and a brief summary of the project. You can also add your own project, or add a project as a suggestion that someone else could take and run with.


  • Team Captain: David Hedlund
  • Summary: Antifeatures are flags applied to applications to warn of issues that may be undesirable from the user's perspective. Frequently it is behavior that benefits the developer, but that the end user of the software would prefer not to be there.

Bitcoin Donations

  • Team Captain:
  • Summary: Many free software projects accept Bitcoins or other cryptocurrency as donations. This team is working to make clear which projects on the Directory accept Bitcoin.

Directory Import

  • Team Captain:
  • Summary: The project enables us to import package information from free software repositories. Long ago a friend put together scripts that we used to import thousands of entries. But thousands upon thousands more could be added if we update the import scripts. The project has been sitting idle for a while now at <>, just waiting for volunteers to jump in and refine it.

Free Software Replacements

  • Team Captain: David Hedlund
  • Summary: A listing of free software replacements.

Golden Oldies

  • Team Captain:
  • Summary: This project focuses on making sure that entries don't get too out of date. This team goes through entries that haven't been updated in a few years and checks to see if there are updates that can be made.

FSDG Blacklist Rescue

  • Team Captain: bill-auger
  • Summary: This project exists to catalog the software that is currently blacklisted by FSDG distros and to provide clear descriptions of the reasons why they fall short of FSDG-compliance. Such a catalog would, of course, be helpful for inquisitive users; but the best reason it would be so that anyone interested in patching that software to be compliant would have some indicator as to where to start and the amount of work would be involved. Without such descriptions, the it is less likely that anyone will ever patch those programs and therefore more likely that they will remain blacklisted forever. In many cases, a hyper-link to the relevant page here would itself serve as an appropriate reference both for users and as the metadata for the blacklists of distros such as Parabola.

Software specific

GNU IceCat

IceCat WebExtensions (proposed)

  • Team Captain: David Hedlund
  • Summary: The website, hosted on Mozilla servers, offers many addons to extend FireFox with additional features. The majority of these addons are not developed directly by Mozilla but by third party developers. Many of these addons don't explicitly define a license, even if the original author thought it was unnecessary, so they can't be considered Free Software. Because of this issue, the GNU IceCat browser can't advise users to install and use them, in general. Below is the list of addons that we have checked to be Free.

3rd-party data for IceCat add-ons
  • Team Captain: David Hedlund
  • Summary: This collection do not contain 3rd party softwares, only 3rd party data files that are used with the listed softwares.

IceCat plugins

  • Team Captain: David Hedlund
  • Summary: IceCat plugins installable as packages from free GNU/Linux distributions like Trisquel GNU/Linux. In most cases plugins are unnecessary in web browsers so using a separate browser profile with plugins enabled for sites that require them is recommended for security. This project catalogs these plugins on the Directory.

Thunderbird extensions (proposed)

  • Team Captain: David Hedlund
  • Summary: This page lists proposed Thunderbird add-ons, except add-ons that are also compatible with GNU IceCat (except uBlock Origin and Master Password+).

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