Free Software Directory:Participate/Project Team

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This page is for cataloging larger or important 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.

Backlog Admin Group


  • 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: Harry Prevor
  • 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.

Free software evaluation

  • Summary: A page used to evaluate if suspected software is nonfree so we can remove them from the Directory or avoid to add them.

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  • Summary: This project focuses on making sure that entries don't get too out of date.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.

Software repositories

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 extensions (proposed) (deprecated)

  • Team Captain: David Hedlund
  • Summary: Extensions that will be legacy add-ons once IceCat is based on Firefox ESR version 57 (Quantum).

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.

Iridium extensions (proposed)

LibreOffice extensions (proposed)

MediaWiki extensions (proposed)

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+).

GNU/Linux package repositories

Forensics and penetration

Black Arch GNU/Linux Tools (proposed)
Kali GNU/Linux Tools (proposed)

See also

=Schoolforge list review (proposed)

  • Team Captain:
  • Summary: maintains it's own list of educational free software, which looks like it has many entries that the Directory lacks. This project would involve reviewing that list to bring over any packages that meet FSD criteria. Schoolforge is also looking for volunteers, so if you're interested you can join their mailing list.

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