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Re: Lift "runs on GNU/Linux" requirement

From: Michael McMahon
Subject: Re: Lift "runs on GNU/Linux" requirement
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 11:16:56 -0400
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Free software is free software regardless of target platform. Turning away free software is logically inconsistent with the free software definition.  The Free Software Directory should not be unnecessarily restrictive and should welcome all free software.

The free software directory should be the source for whether a program is freely licensed regardless of operating system preference.  Free software on nonfree systems helps users get a taste of freedom that might encourage them to take steps further up the freedom ladder [1].  Free software for nonfree systems aids free software operating systems by having software that can be ported without starting from scratch.

Denis' example is one silo that has the same function in a different space, but I do not expect all other operating systems to recreate the FSD organically.  The FSD should be the source that everyone checks to see whether a program is free.


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On 8/30/21 6:33 PM, Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli wrote:
On Fri, 20 Aug 2021 23:23:47 -0400
Richard Stallman <> wrote:
What we are doing for GNU/Linux is such a big job that we can't keep
up. Let's not spread our effort by taking on Replicant as well.
By "spreading our effort", I assume that you mean that existing
contributors would work on adding Android software instead of GNU/Linux.

What may also happen is that new contributors could come specially for
Android and also end up adding / updating software for GNU systems.

It's at least my case, though I only did 1 small contribution (updating
the Guix entry) to get familiar with the system.

I suggest that the Replican developers set up a directory for programs
that run on Replicant.
We got someone (Jean Louis) who volunteered to setup an f-droid
repository for Replicant.

So if that ends up being done (Jean Louis and/or other people
interested also need to build and review the f-droid client and other
applications as well) we will not need any external lists anymore.

Our repository would then act as a list of FSDG compliant applications,
and the f-droid official repositories would act as a list of potential

We'll also probably (have to) find some way to have a list of rejected
applications, in order to prevent people from loosing time reviewing
again and again the sames rejected applications, without knowing that
they were already reviewed, and not included because they failed to
meet some criteria.


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