Free Software Directory:Antifeatures
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers defines the term feature in IEEE 829 as "A distinguishing characteristic of a software item (e.g., performance, portability, or functionality)". 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.
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The pages of applications which have antifeatures include a prominent warning added to the page source.
Discussion is happening on the talk page and mailing list, and Dev for work in progress. Useful related pages: Free System Distribution Guidelines (GNU FSDG) and software categories, Free Software Directory:Requirements.
- Listed software tagged with Antifeature: 26
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Bait and surrender
Avoid the term freemium.
There are two versions of this software, one free and one proprietary. The proprietary version may have more features, but the free software version is still useful. Users should be careful to use only the free software version of the package, to avoid surrendering their freedom.
One of the following:
- Primary documentation is not freely licensed
Free fork needed!
The developer has betrayed the community by moving to a proprietary license, but people can continue to use and fork the last free version.
The software is no longer maintained and has been superseded by another program based on it.
Adware, or advertising-supported software, is any software package that automatically renders advertisements in order to generate revenue for its author. Some users may happy to support the author in this way, but many would prefer this feature did not exist or was disabled by default.
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Name uses a word to avoid
There are a number of words and phrases that we recommend avoiding, or avoiding in certain contexts and usages. Some are ambiguous or misleading; others presuppose a viewpoint that we disagree with, and we hope you disagree with it too.
When considering which free software to use, this anti-feature is less problematic compared to the others so it displayed less prominently in yellow.
Linux is the name of the kernel that Linus Torvalds developed starting in 1991. The operating system in which Linux is used is basically GNU with Linux added. To call the whole system “Linux” is both unfair and confusing. Please call the complete system GNU/Linux, both to give the GNU Project credit and to distinguish the whole system from the kernel alone.
This tag is reserved for obvious and unambiguous references to the GNU/Linux operating system, not the Linux kernel. This unambiguity includes the context of it's homepage and documentation. Note, software which depends on Linux kernel system calls or features usually do not have unambiguous references in their name.
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We can verify whether the published software is free. The service is likely all free, so saying it is non-free is incorrect. It is more of a philosophical problem where we cannot make a judgement on services being free or not free.
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This Antifeature is applied to software that track you and/or report your activity to somewhere, either without your permission or by default (i.e. you'd have to actively seek out an option to disable it).
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