User:David Hedlund

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I'm usually available as David_Hedlund on in the #fsf channel between 13:00-23:00 (run TZ="Europe/Stockholm" date "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M" to see my local time).

My real name is David Hedlund. I am a bureaucrat and an administrator on the Free Software Directory. (verify)

Feel free to email me at, chat with me on IRC, or contact me on my talk page (which will send a copy to my email). I'm also a free software developer.

Free software contributions

Note that private email conversations, forums that cannot list contributions if not logged in (eg, and chat logs are excluded here. Copying is permitted, but only if you modify the source.

My Project Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
GNU Sovix (inactive)
Feedback for websites - Freedom (IceCat promo) GitHub
WILB - Website Incompatibilities for Libre Browsers (IceCat promo) GitHub
Software facility profile Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
F-Droid (Replicant promo)
Free Software Directory
GitHub See "Source repo"
GNU packages
Mozilla (Firefox (GNUzilla IceCat), Thunderbird) (AMO) discourse.mozilla-community,
Major software Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
Bitcoin (ZCash promo)
Debian (gNewSense promo)
Coreboot (Libreboot promo) (no search)
GNU IceCat
MediaWiki (see Wikipedia)
Tor Browser (IceCat promo)
Operating systems Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
Arch GNU/Linux
Trisquel GNU/Linux
Ubuntu GNU/Linux (Trisquel promo)
Misc Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
Wikipedia (see MediaWiki)
Stack Overflow


Free Software Foundation

To Whom it May Concern,

It is my pleasure to recommend David Hedlund, whom I have known for a number of years when I was an employee at the Free Software Foundation (FSF), a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization based in Boston, MA USA. I found David had a great mix of not only being able to work hard and independently, but to also work as a team-player. His knowledge of free software and Internet technologies in general is extremely broad.

David was and remains a volunteer for the FSF. While David helps the organization in a variety of ways (including constructive and helpful feedback on all aspects of our work), most of my interactions with David were from his great many contributions to the Free Software Directory, a digital catalog of useful free software that runs under free operating systems. The Directory is a complex Wiki-based system for which David contributed data and information to in a variety of different ways. To help his own work, David even went so far as to write his own set of scripts to help organized and scrape data from other sites. His contributions to Directory not only helped the FSF as an organization, but have been used by countless members of the public, including academic researchers, who rely upon the Free Software Directory as a trusted and convenient source of information.

Please feel free to contact me at if you wish to a discuss David's qualifications and experience further. I'd be happy to expand on my recommendation.


Joshua Gay Former Licensing & Compliance Manager Free Software Foundation

Work on the FSD

"Free Software Directory volunteers are making a concerted effort to add many more IceCat extensions to the FSD. Driving much of this work is David Hedlund, who has curated lists of hundreds of popular add-ons for our community of volunteers to review and hopefully add to the FSD. David's approach is creative. His top tier list is browser add-ons with over one million daily users, his second tier list have between 100k and 999k daily users, and so on. In addition to creating these lists, David has made over a thousand edits and has added many new packages and pages to the FSD over the past few months." - Joshua Gay, Licensing and Compliance Manager, Free Software Foundation, GNU IceCat and the Free Software Directory, 2015-07-08

Notorious contribution to the FSD:


See Free Software Directory:Participate/Project Team for all Free Software Directory projects I'm involved in.


I've contacted the author of the *licenseutils* package and asked him to make automated verification possible. Currently there are over 2000 software that we need to verify licenses for on the list below, doing it manually isn't feasible.


When I was 23 years young, I read the biography Free as in Freedom by Dr Richard Stallman (RMS) who is also the founder of the Free Software Foundation, the GNU Project, and the GNU General Public License which all had a great impact on me. I had already I mostly used Debian GNU/Linux at the time that I migrated 100% to GNU/Linux after I read the book and contacted RMS eagerly because I was so happy that his book and the free software movement had helped me to let go of my ego and developed me into a free spirit. Stallman gave a positive response to my emails and since I was fascinated by his political philosophy in free software it didn't take long before I helped him to add political notes to his website, A few years later I decided that I wanted to contribute to the GNU Project, so I wrote GNU Sovix, a website revision system that at its time was quite innovative since its pragmatic code could modify both PostreSQL and MySQL databases. Stallman was my free software consult for GNU Sovix.

Several years later I joined volunteers to improve the free content in Wikipedia and Free Software Directory, and more recently PsychonautWiki. I've been the add-on repository maintainer for GNU IceCat a few years now. I've spent over 10k hours on free software activism and over 10 k to document about entheogens in overall. I've filed hundreds of bug reports.

Documentation contributions


Please don't take Wikipedia to seriously, they are not scientific, for example they say that "Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution... The Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to describe the operating system, which has led to some controversy.".

I personally think that Wikipedia is the most negatively emotional charged forum I've ever participated. I've never experienced so many hateful people on the same forum before, I've even been bullied by their admins on IRC. Wikipedians constantly critic your edits and thank you occasionally.

I was finally blocked because I could not remember all their editing rules which cover at least a book. I don't mind so much, I used to merge my own MediaWiki articles to Wikipedia. Now I cannot do that any longer, but that does not stop other people to keep doing it for me.

My favorite programs

Programs that I think is extra useful.

AnkiA spaced repetition flashcard program.
ColumnsWizardAdd a custom column, set the default columns settings for any new folder, and show hidden columns in the Conversation Tab and in the search window.
ElectrumA secure, forgiving, lightweight and easy to use Bitcoin client
G'MICGREYC's Magic for Image Computinghttp://gmic.euCeCILLv2
IceCatGNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. For the mobile variant of IceCat, see IceCatMobile. LGPL MPL MPLv2.0
IceCatMobileIceCatMobile is the lightweight version of the GNU IceCat browser. LGPL MPL MPLv2.0
IcedoveEasy to use e-mail client GPLv2orlater LGPLv2.1orlater
I2PInvisible Internet Project GPLv2 with exception Artistic BSD
LicenseutilsPut copyright and license notices at the head of source code files Other
Matrix-synapseSynapse: Matrix reference homeserver
Monero CoreMonero (XMR), after the Esperanto word for money, is a CryptoNight-based cryptocurrency forked from Bytecoin (BCN). 3Clause
Openbazaar-goOpenBazaar 2.0 Server Daemon in Go
Openbazaar-desktopOpenBazaar 2.0 Desktop Client (talks to openbazaar-go server daemon)
Tor BrowserA Firefox ESR-based web browser for use of the TOR network MPLv2.0
UBlock OriginA wide-spectrum blocker. Easy on CPU and memory.
Youtube-dlDownload YouTube and many other sites' videos


Collections to start


These entries carry extra high importance.

Issues that needs your vote

Software Popular long-term issue Vote Type Submitted
Firefox add-on: Nano Defender Vote Adblocker / Defender for Firefox issues mega thread Unapproved: describes that is not working for the moment.
LMMS LinuxVST support Feature 2004
Important Firefox add-ons Vote on APIs needed by Session Manager, Tab Session Manager, MySessions, Tab Mix Plus and other session managers, so they can be better Vote Feature 2005
Firefox Set a Default Text Size (or Page Zoom Level) in Tools > Options > Content > Default Page Size Vote Feature 2005
Thunderbird Opening or adding .ics files to calendar by double click Vote Bug 2006
Thunderbird global indexing should include Trash folders by default but global search results should not show Trash folder hits by default - 'Include messages in global search' for the Trash folder should be enabled by default. Vote Bug 2010
Texinfo MediaWiki to Texinfo conversion for texinfo Vote at the bottom of the page Feature request 2011
GitHub View list of issues I'm subscribed to, on the website Add a positive emoji Feature request 2014
Libreoffice no keyboard input after opening password protected .ods Bug 2012
Phabricator Phabricator should suggest possible duplicates when creating a new task Add thumbs up Feature request 2014
MediaWiki Allow users to be blocked from editing a specific article Vote Feature request 2004
MediaWiki Allow users to restrict who can send them notifications Vote Feature request 2017
Tor Browser Automated rounding of content window dimensions Feature request 2015
RadioDroid Suggestion: Make Favorite list exportable/importable Feature request 2016


Nonfree software

Political issues

Page content

Bug fixes

Feature requests

Need more volunteers

  • Savannah - I've been waiting for many months since I submitted a new project but it's still not approved. Nobody care to respond when I ask what's going on. This is obviously frustrating.
  • GNU IceCat -- I've already asked all GUIX icecat package maintainers to be part of the GNUzilla group
  • Data copied from Add-on lists
    • HTTPS Everywhere: Lots of unresolved bugs
    • Zcash: Lots of unresolved bugs

F-Droid apps

Missing free software in the ecosystem



List of _important_ apps that can be found in Google Play but not in F-Droid.

  • e-ID's -- This is and will remain the single most important kind of app that should be free because in the future it will be mandatory to wear a mobile phone connected with a identification system to even shop food to survive.
  • Sensors
    • External micro-USB (OTG) video camera
    • Magnetometer


I've sent this message 16 Aug 2015 to [libreplanet-discuss](, and repeatedly to the FSF, RMS:

Chrome Web Store is the official Chrome web browser website for
supported exentions. However, it can also be used to install extensions
to the free variants of Chrome known as Chromium and Iridium (built on
Chromium + improved privacy).

Iridium (unstable) can be installed from:
Iridiums extension directory is located in

However, Chrome Web Store do not show the license for the extensions
which makes it hard to verify which extensions that are free or not. You
have to install the extension and manually look into the source code of
each files in the extension directory.

I suggest that the FSF contact Google
and ask them to add "License(s)" to the default text to the extensions
in Chrome Web Store so we can build a verified free repository in the FSD.

# Response 30 Mar 2017
> DBH: I don't want to burden you, should I ask them myself every 3rd month for example?
> RMS: Today I had a discussion about it.  Sooner or later, things will start moving. 

The pages I've submitted

ACE UC SnifferA simple VoIP corporate directory enumeration tool
ARChon PackagerARChon Packager (formerly Chrome APK Packager) is a convenient way to produce Chrome ARChon Custom Runtime packages directly from your phone.
Addressbooks SynchronizerSynchronizes selected addressbooks with other instances of thunderbird using ftp/webdav/imap servers
All-in-One GesturesIcecat/Firefox extension for mouse gestures, and special input
Blacklist/Click&CleanThe quick and easy way to delete your browsing history, erase all temporary internet files, remove downloaded files history, cookies, Flash LSO, typed URLs. Allows to delete private data when Firefox closes. Supported ext. tools like CCleaner. firefox.htmlX11
Bluhell FirewallGet a faster browsing experience by blocking nasty web resources using Bluhell Firewall, the lightweight Ad-Blocker and Tracking/Privacy Protector.
CalendulaFund-raising/contact management software for non-profits
CcaudioLibrary and software for manipulating audio data
CfengineMaintains configuration of a heterogenous UNIX network
CheckerFinds memory errors at runtime
Chromium Embedded FrameworkThe Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) is a simple framework for embedding Chromium-based browsers in other applications. 3Clause
ClasspathxUnfinished free implementation of the Java extension libraries with exception
Clear Site CacheQuick one click solution to clear the cached contents of the site you are currently browsing.
ColumnsWizardAdd a custom column, set the default columns settings for any new folder, and show hidden columns in the Conversation Tab and in the search window.
CombineExtensible file matching and filtering
CryptocatChat with your friends, securely.
DOM InspectorDOM Inspector is a tool that can be used to inspect and edit the live DOM of any web document or XUL application.
DecentraleyesProtects you against tracking through "free", centralized, content delivery. It prevents a lot of requests from reaching networks like Google Hosted Libraries, and serves local files to keep sites from breaking. Complements regular content blockers.
Download Status BarIf you are the kind of person who likes to have total control over every aspect of your downloads, "Download Status Bar" is the add-on you are looking for.
DuckDuckGo (HTML SSL)This add-on will put the HTML (non-JS / SSL) version of DuckDuckGo in your search bar.
DuckDuckGo on TORSearch with DuckDuckGo using the TOR network without JavaScript
EID DSSThe Belgium Federal ICT Department (FedICT) is developing an eID Digital Signature Service under the GNU LGPL 3.0.
Easy ScreenshotEasy Screenshot is an easy to use screen capture tool. Simply press one of the context menu items to capture entire or a portion of your screen.
Easy Youtube Video Downloader ExpressOnly one with 1080p Full-HD and 192kbps MP3 Direct Links. A clean, fast and simple addon for superfast and easy downloads in FLV,3GP,MP3,MP4,720p, 1080p qualities on Youtube pages.
Emacs-museauthoring and publishing environment for Emacs
Fast DialVisual bookmarks for Firefox. (Works with all latest versions of Firefox)
FireFTPFireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP/SFTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP/SFTP servers.
FlashGot Mass DownloaderDownload all the links, movies and audio clips of a page at the maximum speed with a single click, using the most popular, lightweight and reliable external download managers.
FoxyProxy StandardFoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox's limited proxying capabilities. For a simpler tool and less advanced configuration options, please use FoxyProxy Basic.
FriBIDFree software for Swedish e-idhttp://fribid.seX11
G'MICGREYC's Magic for Image Computinghttp://gmic.euCeCILLv2
GamaGeodetic network adjustment program
GcjwebpluginBrowser plugin that executes Java applets with exception
GimpGNU Image Manipulation Program
GleemLibrary of 3D widgets
GnashFlash Movie Player
Gnu-archRevision control system
Gnu-cryptoProject to produce a full set of Java cryptographic tools with library exception
GnucommGNU telecommunications project
GnukartRacing game
GnulibGNU portability library
Gnuprologjavaan implementation of ISO Prolog as a Java library
GnuschoolIs a web application for educators, students, and school administrators.
Gnustepgraphical object oriented programming environment
GoldwaterMiddleware component of the DotGNU package
Google search link fixThis extension prevents Google and Yandex search pages from modifying search result links when you click them. This is useful when copying links but it also helps privacy by preventing the search engines from recording your clicks.
GoogleTranslateAutomatically translate from any language to your language.
GopticalGNU Optical design and simulation library
GsrcGNU Source Release Collection
GtranslateWith gTranslate you can translate any text in a webpage just by selecting and right-clicking over it. The extension uses the Google translation services to translate the text.
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