User talk:Genium

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Thank you for submitting Boost. I have just added it to the directory.


Added a "Core X11 runtime" section under X11 entry, not sure that is relevant here. We have to check if all related packages are free software. Genium (talk) 16:34, 16 September 2013 (EDT)


Hi, please leave the page for Firefox as a redirect to GNU_IceCat. Firefox is not free software as it places restrictions on redistributing verbatim copies. We do not want to recommend Firefox.

But, by having Firefox redirect to GNU_IceCat it makes it so that all of the semantic relationships are done correctly. That is, if a person says that somethign is a firefox extension, then it will correctly appear listed as a GNU_IceCat extension. Without this redirect, such relationships will not work.

Lastly, you have been doing amazing work on the Directory and I can't thank you enough for all the updates and redirects you've been making. --Jgay (talk) 14:48, 4 October 2013 (EDT)

Thankyou to point this out, I was not sure… Not sure also about my last edit, please revert the change if I am wrong. Genium (talk) 15:50, 4 October 2013 (EDT)

GNU packages and redirects

Hi, I know that you make a lot of redirects. I've made a list of all GNU packages that are listed on It looks like we are pretty close to getting all of the GNU packages with a<package> URL to have a corresponding<packagename>. Thanks so much for your work in making this happen! --Jgay (talk) 16:06, 8 January 2014 (EST)

Hi Joshua, your page is in my tool list, Thank you! I will check each entry this weekend… Genium (talk) 23:50, 8 January 2014 (EST)
Note that Mediawiki capitalizes automatically the first letter of the resource in the path, so <packagename> becomes <Packagename> in the URL, but it's not a problem because it is treated as case-insensitive, so, we can still write as we do on the GNU website: Your naming convention is much cleaner, and we have the fieldname to write the fullname (GNU Emacs for & Genium (talk) 14:09, 12 January 2014 (EST)


@Joshua: ikiwiki seems cleaner for URLs (and much more powerful since content can be under GIT version control, but it's another question… and in an ideal world, we would have an Emacs-or-Guile-based wiki engine… but I digress :-) Genium (talk) 14:26, 12 January 2014 (EST)

Ikiwiki is nice, but, it is not nearly as powerful or featureful as the current (semantic) mediawiki set-up. --Jgay (talk) 12:47, 19 January 2014 (EST)

scheme name for the homepage url

@Joshua: do you prefer the http URI scheme, or can we use https instead? Genium (talk) 15:05, 12 January 2014 (EST)

It probably makes sense to use https wherever we can. --Jgay (talk) 12:47, 19 January 2014 (EST)

IceChat deletion

The entry seems to have been deleted due to "non-free software required".

If the reason is the compiler, then that comes within .NET framework which is free. Part of the download source is a IceChatBuild.cmd which compiles the whole thing automatically, in the command line window.

If this is not the reason, then please let me know what is, so I can clarify things. This is a completely free software, but I am not experienced in what is required here.

Hi, The code is written in C# using the Microsoft .NET framework, which is non-free. Please, see with Joshua if you think I am wrong. Sorry to digress but you might be interested to revive dotgnuGenium (talk) 17:15, 30 October 2014 (EDT)

IceChat Deletion update

As of Nov 12 2014, .NET became open source (, (

Please un-delete the entry, so I can update its content properly.

I am sorry, This is not enough. That doesn't make ".NET" free software, only a small part of it is released under a free software license. Anyway, IceChat is not a package for GNU and BSD systems. Hope this helps. Genium (talk) 15:34, 17 November 2014 (EST)

Deletion of

Your reason for deleting Snowdrift (that the homepage promotes iBad) is unacceptable. Simply promoting the use of nonfree software on a homepage does not in any way make the software itself less free. In the future if you have a problem with material not related to the software itself, please ask myself or someone else on how you should approach the problem of updating the Directory page so that it does not lead users toward using nonfree software. In many cases we simply change the homepage to the projects repository or we find another project that is hosting a version of the project (such as Debian) to use as the homepage. However, generally speaking, this is only done if the homepage itself is directing users to download and install a proprietary version of the software itself.

Aside from not being a valid reason for deletion, never endorses anything proprietary at all. The only reference to iThings that I'm aware of at all is a mention that the independent project, Task Coach, which is free software under GNU GPLv3+ that runs on GNU/Linux (and is listed here at the directory itself), is listed on; and Task Coach has section that mentions that there's an accessory app for iOS. It happens that the app's source is under GNU GPLv3+ as well, and I think the reason it isn't a GPL violation is because the sole developer is allowing Apple to release the software as proprietary even as the source is also available under GPL separately. Anyway, does not endorse the iOS accessory version of Task Coach, and none of these issues have anything to do with the Snowdrift software itself. The homepage definitely does not endorse or even mention anything about iOS. --Wolftune (talk) 16:37, 5 December 2014 (EST)
Hi! Just to clarify things, I am not the user who posted the comment. The reason for which I deleted this entry is that FSD is also a community site and an unhappy user is more bad for the community than removing an article, and there is no rules to handle such things like on Wikipedia. You said that this entry is *not* for the website itself but for the software. That would be true on the Savannah platform, not sure here. It seems to me that the goal of this project is to create a community, and the fact is that we can't handle their policy. IMHO, redirecting people to a site that contains a page related to iThings doesn't help the goal of free software. A free software running on iThings can be more convenient, but this is not the message of RMS. Note that I have no problem with Task Coach itself, nor with Snowdrift. Genium (talk) 18:09, 5 December 2014 (EST)


I moved it back. --David Hedlund (talk) 11:05, 19 January 2017 (EST)

Thanks. Genium (talk) 12:37, 19 January 2017 (EST)

Gentoo FreeBSD NetBSD

Also Hello, Genium

I don't seem to get your choice of adding in links to those systems. Gentoo I could understand, but at this point there is no free system based on. Also to my opinion a BSD licence is not a good base for a free system.

Please can you explain that choice?

Regards: -- BABA200 (talk) 02:08, 27 February 2017 (EST)

Hello, I added resources for GNU and BSD systems I am using. Debian, Gentoo, Guix, FreeBSD and NetBSD are all members of the free software community. FYI, FreeBSD and NetBSD are both part of the project… Best regards. Genium (talk) 04:11, 27 February 2017 (EST)

Brave Browser

I answered you at User_talk:David_Hedlund#Brave_Browser. ~~----


Just a note to say that some data was removed automatically with my last edit… Genium (talk) 08:13, 2 August 2021 (EDT)

Thank you!

Thank you Genium for all your work keeping the FSD up to date. It is much appreciated and sorry for taking so long to say thanks! We are in the process of making some improvements to the FSD. Besides saying thanks, I was hoping you could provide your thoughts and feedback about the FSD and anything you would like to see changed.

Craigt (talk) 13:03, 30 June 2023 (EDT)

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