Free software is a matter of liberty, not price.
Think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”. Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.
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If so, visit our Participate page
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Run this terminal program in a GNU/Linux system terminal to see the meeting start time in your time zone:
$ date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'
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, administrators will verify and approve new software proposed by users, correct existing pages and provide technical assistance publicly in the channel. All users are welcome
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The Free Software Directory
, or simply Directory
) is a project of the Free Software Foundation (FSF)
. We catalog useful free software
that runs under free GNU-like systems, not limited to the GNU
operating system and its GNU/Linux variants. If they don't currently run on GNU, at least it probably isn't hard to adapt them to run on GNU. Many of those programs also runs on proprietary operating systems which can be used to replace nonfree software
For software only available on Replicant see F-Droid
(which contains a small percent of software with nonfree issues
which are prominently warned about prior to install).
The FSD is made thanks to user contributions and our stack
that consists of MediaWiki
, Debian package repository data, and more. Licenses are verified for each and every program listed in this directory. We also warn for software with antifeatures
The directory does not list any nonfree programs, because it is against our principles to promote them; but if you search for the name of one, you may find free programs that more or less replace it.