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Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. Think of "free" as in "free speech," not as in "free beer." Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

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Featured Programs

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  1. Music Blocks: featured on 24 May 2019
  2. Pino: featured on 11 July 2012
  3. Icedove: featured on 5 June 2012
  4. LibreOffice: featured on 26 April 2012
  5. Blender: featured on 17 March 2012
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  1. Tahoe-LAFS: featured on 8 August 2013
  2. CUnit: featured on 5 June 2012
  3. Lua: featured on 26 April 2012
  4. Django: featured on 17 March 2012
  5. SDL: featured on 4 February 2012
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  1. GNU Denemo: featured on 11 July 2012
  2. GNU LibreJS: featured on 5 June 2012
  3. GNU Linux-libre: featured on 26 April 2012
  4. GNU Health: featured on 17 March 2012
  5. GNU Octave: featured on 4 February 2012
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The Free Software Directory (FSD, or simply Directory) is a project of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). We catalog useful free software that runs under free GNU-like systems, not limited to the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants. If they don't currently run on GNU, at least it probably isn't hard to adapt them to run on GNU. Many of those programs also runs on proprietary operating systems which can be used to replace nonfree software.

For software only available on Replicant see F-Droid (which contains a small percent of software with nonfree issues which are prominently warned about prior to install).

If you are looking for a full operating system for your computer, please see our list of free GNU/Linux distributions.



Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the page “GNU Free Documentation License”.

The copyright and license notices on this page only apply to the text on this page. Any software or copyright-licenses or other similar notices described in this text has its own copyright notice and license, which can usually be found in the distribution or license text itself.