Free Software Directory:Free software evaluation

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This page is used to evaluate if suspected software is nonfree so we can remove them from the Directory or avoid to add them.

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.

Chromium-based browsers[1]


  • Discourse itself. The current page revision is old and the evaluation needs to take into account the JavaScript trap and LibreJS compatibility. Ssee Talk:Discourse page for instructions on how to contribute to ongoing evaluation.


Qt WebEngine[1][2]


Telegram (desktop client)

  • 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.

youtube-dl based software

  • There is a small bit of the program that appears to download some DRM js and some other questionable js.
  • Even if we manage to have positive review in order to keep/list it in the directory, this doesn't change the fact that the network effect of people depending on, recommending or even giving their time to YouTube will keep happening. I think bill-auger and jxself also suggested people to help with vaeringjar's (a user in #peers IRC channel) project to make a Youtube downloader that periodically checks YouTube itself and mirrors legally shareable content (with correct license metadata) from YouTube to torrents and to Internet Archive. However Internet Archive also has some software freedom issues related to their JavaScript.

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