User:David Hedlund/Backlog

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Top priority for evaluation

Free software evaluation High Priority Projects category, Collection/Project Team Type Runs in free distros Development stage Unpackaged for free distros Review link Review outcome Notable
Cemu Collection:Computer and video game console emulators 8th generation: Nintendo Wii U emulator, and Appimage tested with OpenGL settings in Trisquel 11 Stable Yes Requested Craig
Ryujinx Collection:Computer and video game console emulators 8th generation: Nintendo Switch emulator Flatpak tested in Trisquel 11 Yes -
Yuzu Collection:Computer and video game console emulators 8th generation: Nintendo Switch emulator Appimage tested in Trisquel 11 Experimental Yes Requested Craig
RPCS3 Collection:Computer and video game console emulators 7th generation: PlayStation 3 emulator Appimage tested in Trisquel 11 Alpha Yes
Xemu Collection:Computer and video game console emulators 6th generation: Microsoft Xbox emulator Appimage exists ? Yes
Ventoy - Multiboot disk image tools Trisquel 11 ? Yes Review:Ventoy-1.0.79 Way too many binaries


Collection:Games for video game consoles and Collection:Game ROM images


Running in Trisquel 11


Multiboot disk image tools

Importance: USB drives like Kingston DataTraveler Max, allows really quick system installations from GNU/Linux distribution ISO files. I assume that the FSF office has downloaded copies of, a collection of these GNU/Linux ISO installation files can be copied to a Kingston DataTraveler Max USB drive with ventoy installed.


balenaEtcher issue:


MultiBoot is not as simple as Ventoy, but it works for legacy systems.

Sofware with issues

Free software evaluation Issue High Priority Projects category, Collection/Project Team Type Review link Evaluation status Notable
Etcher wish: support creating a multi-boot USB drive #414

Secondary issues

Blocked by Antifeatures (for example VPN software that depends on nonfree service). So the issues listed here will not help anyways.

Mozilla VPN


Future Trisquel issues

File issues to when these issues have been fixed:


GUI issues


Release notes : Please mention that the window border is hidden by default -

Maximize windows

You can also use and add comments ~/.config/devilspie2/maximize.lua


Fitts's law

MATE is based on GNOME, and uses GTK.

Themes (from the mate-themes package) that are affected in Trisquel 11:

  • BlackMATE
  • Blue-Submarine
  • GreenLaguna
  • Green-Submarine
  • Greybird
  • Greybird-dark
  • High Contrast
  • High Contrast Inverse
  • TraditionalGreen
  • TraditionalOk
  • YaruGreen
  • YaruOk

Release notes : Please mention that sideloading is discontinued -

Script-blocking issues

The issues here are blocking bash scripts to configure the programs.


Screen resolution



Display templates

Ask Adonay for help.

If we get the code working, I'll also add it to


Directory Friday IRC Meeting

Licensing consultation

Consult Donald on these issues:

Collections to start


These entries carry extra high importance.

Entries that need more info

IceCatMobile F-Droid package maintainer -

Issues that needs your vote

Software Popular long-term issue Vote Type Submitted

Etar Vote Crash when app is backgrounded
Android Vote Android MTP support does not show recent files until the device is rebooted Google refused to fix the bug! 2012
Etar Vote Calendar app does not allow "Change only this event" for events from calendars with CalendarContract.ACCOUNT_TYPE_LOCAL #15
Firefox Vote Implement the Firefox for Android progress bar
Firefox Vote Offer Private Browsing for the search engines
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
Thunderbird Allow body search in encrypted messages ("regular search", QFB, filters) Vote Bug 2018
Thunderbird Search Messages: Encryption Status missing Vote Enhancement 2022
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 Add DuckDuckGo hidden service search engine to Tor Browser (and set it as default search engine) Feature request 2020
RadioDroid Suggestion: Make Favorite list exportable/importable Feature request 2016


Nonfree software

Political issues

Page content

Nonfree issues



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.

F-Droid apps

Proposed projects

Planned software and releases

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs)

January 27 2021: Central bank digital cash could come to 20% of the world in three years - BIS

"The history of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) is a short, recent history. CBDCs are still in a conceptual stage, with many countries exploring their possible implementation." -

List CBDCs on when these articles have been created and listed in

See research at for current status.

Virtual assistant

FSF Forge


I think it's a good idea to rewamp when the thunderbird 78.0-based software (icedove) has landed in Guix (done), Hyperbola (WAITING), Parabola (WAITING), Trisquel (done).


Comming up:

Firefox-based browser releases


Status from

  • Legacy WebExtensions: Deprecated in Thunderbird 78.
  • Legacy Bootstrap Extension: Deprecated in Thunderbird 68.
  • Legacy Overlay Extension: Deprecated in Thunderbird 68.

"Support for legacy extensions was removed from Thunderbird Beta version 74, released in February 2020. Only modern are now compatible with Thunderbird 78. This guide is intended to help developers to port their Legacy WebExtensions to MailExtensions." -

Important milestone release notes:

Release schedule:

icedove packages


icedove 91.5 Rebranded Mozilla Thunderbird email client

This package provides an email client built based on Mozilla Thunderbird. It supports email, news feeds, chat, calendar and contacts.

    License: MPL 2.0
    Package source: gnuzilla.scm
    Patches: None
    Builds: x86_64-linux

Hyperbola will be discontinued 2022 so it doesn't really make any sense to track it

Arch 	Repo 	Name 		Version 		Description 	Last Updated
x86_64 	Extra 	icedove-uxp 	52.9.20210602-3 	A new generation of Icedove, an XUL-based standalone mail and news reader on the Unified XUL Platform (UXP). 	2021-08-11
i686 	Extra 	icedove-uxp 	52.9.20210602-3 	A new generation of Icedove, an XUL-based standalone mail and news reader on the Unified XUL Platform (UXP). 	2021-08-11


Arch 	Repo 	Name 	Version 		Description
x86_64 	Libre 	icedove 1:68.9.0-1.parabola1 	Standalone mail and news reader based on Mozilla Thunderbird

Trisquel 10, sudo apt-cache show icedove

Package: icedove
Source: thunderbird
Version: 1:78.14.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.2+10.0trisquel10
Architecture: amd64
Maintainer: Ubuntu Trisquel Team <>
thunderbird packages
bullseye (stable) (mail): mail/news client with RSS, chat and integrated spam filter support
1:78.14.0-1~deb11u1: amd64 arm64 i386 mips64el ppc64el s390x
jammy (22.04LTS) (mail): Email, RSS and newsgroup client with integrated spam filter
1:91.9.1+build1-0ubuntu0.22.04.1 [security]: amd64
1:91.8.0+build2-0ubuntu1 [ports]: arm64 armhf ppc64el s390x 

Website issues

Multiboot ISO on internal hard disk drives

Protect internal hard disk drive devices with ISO sources:




LVM-on-LUKS (LVM2 PV in a LUKS container) is used in Trisquel 11 by default.


Add supported RAR versions to:




SuperTuxKart (free homebrew game)


Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Requires upstream support for Linux:

Sony PlayStation DualSense Edge. Requires SDL 2.26.5: "Added mapping for DualSense Edge Wireless Controller on Linux" -

Unique software notes

  • Political messaging
  • Easter egg antifeature
    • Lorenzo said in the directory-discuss mailing-list: "one morning I executed that editor to take some notes and I got scared when suddenly it started typing by itself a message."

Missing free software in the ecosystem

Bug workarounds


--prefer-free-formats as it is now acts like a --force-free-formats and this causes all the problem. (aka the need for overly long selector/filter lines instead of a simple [height <= 1080p] and --prefer-free-formats) see my previous comments for more details." -

Freedom politics

IM-protocol government communication





devilspie2 Seems to be unmaintained

My bug reports:

Free JS


Not avalible in yet.

"I should finish my GitHub registration client. Currently I believe you need nonfree software to register for GitHub, but recently Haketilo added support for bypassing CORS, so it should be possible to write a free software client to solve the CAPTCHA now." - User:jacobk

Unique projects


Computer-assisted language learning (CALL)

Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) software: Learning multiple languages through online courses are part of an emerging trend, which in many ways are more accessible compared with in-class courses. However, only proprietary apps exist.

LanguageTool clone

We need a free option to LanguageTool.


"LanguageTool is a free and open-source grammar checker, and all its features are available for download. LanguageTool website connects to a proprietary sister project LanguageTool Plus, which provides improved error detection for English and German, as well as easier revision of longer texts, following the open-core model. LanguageTool Plus also uses n-grams as part of its freemium business model

LanguageTool web service can be used via a web interface in a web browser, or via a specialized client-side plug-ins for Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice, Vim, Emacs, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Google Chrome. Its web app client can also be integrated on websites."

It would be useful to write plugins to privacy focused chat software, including:

Drug legality

A database that list all classified substances for each country, and an API that enables developers to access it. For example, this will enable developers to build an app that can be used to show which substances that are legal and illegal in a selected country, and the typical penalty for given amounts. This can prevent tourist to avoid risks they might be totally unaware of, or might introduce them to therapeutic possibilities (eg ayahuasca retreats).

FoodData Central: Calculator for custom quantity and combined entries

Feature request: Combined food items (recipies) My Food Data ( offers a web based nutrition calculator that can be used to make recipes (combining food items) and calculate the total nutrient value. For example:

  • 1 oz pea sprouts
  • 100 g uncooked oats

However, the My Food Data API ( is secret.

Are you planning to make it possible to make recipes from your API as described above, or is this already possible?



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

Human languages


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. 

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