Free Software Directory:Free software evaluation

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Evaluates if suspected software is nonfree so we can remove them from the Directory or avoid to add them.

Team Captain: David Hedlund


Unapproved software

Entries here should be Protected with the following settings: [Edit=Allow only administrators] (indefinite) [Move=Allow only administrators] (indefinite)

Non-Free Network Services

Promotes or depends entirely on a non-libre network service.

1 listed:



"Trademarks and FOSS are not incompatible" -

6 listed:


Free variants that tries to keep synchronization with upstream development:

Software evaluation

See also: Project Team Free software evaluation

4 listed:

Brave Browser
Iridium Browser


Chromium-based browsers and software

See also [1].


Qt WebEngine[1][2]

Telegram (desktop client)
  • NonFreeNet, UpstreamNonFree -
  • Has delayed availability of source files compared to the binary release. See the numbered items below for more information.
    • Investigate if, after a binary release, the software has a license notice available somewhere and a place telling how to contact the copyright holders for the complete corresponding source.
  • Free/libre software philosophy related issue: lacks federation with XMPP. See the whole parent thread of the references from the enumerated list below, and also the page on XMPP in LibrePlanet wiki.
  1. (requires subscription)
  2. (requires subscription)
Investigate if these can be built and run entirely in free/libre system distributions
  • Rufus: claims to build and run only on Windows.

Tor Browser -

Nonfree JS

Every JavaScript file in every software for each new version release should be evaluated with command line tool that has the same capabilities as LibreJS. Unfortunate there's no such tool yet.

Nonfree servers

Currently the integration server is not configurable in this client.

IRC clients
Software Evaluation link Issue
Native browser IRC client irc:// IceCat: Free web-based IRC client replacement for Mibbit needed
Gamja ?
Kiwi IRC, LibreJS feature request
The Lounge LibreJS feature request
qwebirc LibreJS feature request

We're using irc:// in Template:Print_entry (used on the entry pages like IceCat) and Template:IRC_text (used on the Main Page).

Parabola blacklisted software

Somebody should ask the developers to remove proprietary code/fonts, etc, from the software listed below.

Blacklisted Parabola software that is approved in the Directory Note: these programs are considered to be non-free as published by their respective upstreams; but many of them have known liberation procedures and are available in Parabola and other FSDG distros in modified form.


This project page is for heightened scrutiny, packages that need a second pass essentially.

Software should be considered non-free until proven otherwise - the burdon of proof should be on the developers to prove their code is 100% freely distributable.


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readonly WIKI_BASE_URL=
readonly BLACKLIST_FILE=blacklist.txt

[ ! -f ./$BLACKLIST_FILE ] && echo "download failed" && exit 1

readonly PACKAGES=$(grep '^\s*[^:#]*:.*' ./$BLACKLIST_FILE                           | \
                    sed 's/^\s*\([^:#]*\):.*/\1/ ; s/^./\U&/g ; s/-./\U&/g ; s/-/_/g')

for package in $PACKAGES
do status=$(curl -s -o /dev/null -w "%{http_code}" $WIKI_BASE_URL/$package)
   if   [ "$status" == '200' ]
   then echo "$package entry exists"
   elif [ "$status" == '404' -o "$status" == '301' ]
   then echo "$package entry not found"
   else echo "$package unknown response"

License verification

All pages in license pages should have the correct version of the GPL. "The ones I looked at were pretty old, so I'm guessing they're mostly gplv2, but we should get it fixed." (Donald) "It's either the project which inserted the name without version, or the person who added the entry which did it that way." (Adfeno)

See also

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