Free Software Directory:Features/Installation instructions

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The Premise

The idea is to give installation instructions for the fully free distributions of GNU/Linux. This requires that we get the program names for these packages and then write a template for each program. 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
  • make a tab on package info pages and autogenerate installation instructions for each chosen distro using templates (based on package name)
  • give generic build instructions (if possible, a link to a web-hosted Installation text file from the source package)
  • link to source package download in the instructions
  • list program/package version numbers for each distro on the installation tab?
  • make an "installation instructions available" icon that shows up next to program name in browsing mode

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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