Free Software Directory:Features/Installation instructions

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This is one of the proposed features to this site.

The Premise

The idea is to give installation instructions for projects on fully free distributions of GNU/Linux. This requires that we get the package names for them and then write a template to display installation instructions for each distro. "To install on Trisquel, type: sudo apt-get install gimp". One of the benefits of this feature is that free distros would get attention this way.


  • get package names from package databases on distro websites
  • match distro package names with directory page names.
  • modify Template:Entry to hold those values, then auto-populate each page.
  • insert a tab on project page and auto-generate installation instructions for each chosen distro, using Template:Show
  • give generic build instructions (if possible, a link to a web-hosted README file from the source package)
  • link to source package download in the instructions

Developing the feature

Right now, someone is needed to work on this. If you are interested, get in touch with sudoman or jgay by leaving a message on our talk pages, or on IRC (

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