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My real name is '''David Hedlund'''. I am an [[Free_Software_Directory:Administrators|administrator]] on the Free Software Directory. ([https://directory.fsf.org/wiki?title=Special:ListUsers&offset=&limit=1&username=David_Hedlund&group=sysop verify])
My real name is '''David Hedlund'''. I am an [[Free_Software_Directory:Administrators|administrator]] on the Free Software Directory. ([https://directory.fsf.org/wiki?title=Special:ListUsers&offset=&limit=1&username=David_Hedlund&group=sysop verify])

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Featured: Free Software Directory/Free_software_replacements

My real name is David Hedlund. I am an administrator on the Free Software Directory. (verify)

Feel free to email me at public@beloved.name, chat with me on IRC, or contact me on my talk page (which will send a copy to my email). I'm also a free software developer.

Free software contributions

Note that private email conversations, forums that cannot list contributions if not logged in (eg forums.mozillazine.org), and chat logs are excluded here. Copying is permitted, but only if you modify the source.

My Project Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
devparanoia savannah.nongnu.org
GNU Sovix (inactive) savannah.gnu.org directory.fsf.org
Feedback for websites - Freedom (IceCat promo) GitHub
WILB - Website Incompatibilities for Libre Browsers (IceCat promo) GitHub
Software facility profile Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
F-Droid (Replicant promo) gitlab.com/fdroid/ forum.f-droid.org
Free Software Directory directory.fsf.org directory.fsf.org directory-discuss@gnu.org
GitHub See "Source repo" github.com github.com
GNU GNOME bugzilla.gnome.org
GNU packages debbugs.gnu.org
h-node h-node.org h-node.org
KDE bugs.kde.org
Launchpad bugs.launchpad.net
Mozilla (Firefox (GNUzilla IceCat), Thunderbird) addons.mozilla.org (AMO) wiki.mozilla.org mozdev.org bugzilla.mozilla.org discourse.mozilla-community, support.mozilla.org
Major software Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
Bitcoin (ZCash promo) bitcoin.it
Debian (gNewSense promo) bugs.debian.org
Libreboot notabug.org
Coreboot (Libreboot promo) coreboot.org review.coreboot.org coreboot.org (no search)
GNU IceCat bug-gnuzilla@gnu.org
LibreOffice bugs.documentfoundation.org
MediaWiki (see Wikipedia) phabricator.wikimedia.org
Tor Browser (IceCat promo) trac.torproject.org
VLC trac.videolan.org
Zcash github.com forum.z.cash
Operating systems Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
Arch GNU/Linux wiki.archlinux.org
Replicant redmine.replicant.us redmine.replicant.us
Trisquel GNU/Linux trisquel.info
Ubuntu GNU/Linux (Trisquel promo) bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu
Misc Website Wiki Source repo Bug tracker Mailing-list Forum
LibrePlanet libreplanet.org libreplanet-discuss@libreplanet.org
Wikipedia wikipedia.org (see MediaWiki)
PsychonautWiki psychonautwiki.org psychonaut.atlassian.net
Stack Overflow stackoverflow.com
YouTube youtube.com github.com productforums.google.com

Documentation contributions


Please don't take Wikipedia to seriously, they are not scientific, for example they say that "Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution... The Free Software Foundation uses the name GNU/Linux to describe the operating system, which has led to some controversy.".

I personally think that Wikipedia is the most negatively emotional charged forum I've ever participated. I've never experienced so many hateful people on the same forum before, I've even been bullied by their admins on IRC. Wikipedians constantly critic your edits and thank you occasionally.

I was finally blocked because I could not remember all their editing rules which cover at least a book. I don't mind so much, I used to merge my own MediaWiki articles to Wikipedia. Now I cannot do that any longer, but that does not stop other people to keep doing it for me.


Free Software Foundation

To Whom it May Concern,

It is my pleasure to recommend David Hedlund, whom I have known for a number of years when I was an employee at the Free Software Foundation (FSF), a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization based in Boston, MA USA. I found David had a great mix of not only being able to work hard and independently, but to also work as a team-player. His knowledge of free software and Internet technologies in general is extremely broad.

David was and remains a volunteer for the FSF. While David helps the organization in a variety of ways (including constructive and helpful feedback on all aspects of our work), most of my interactions with David were from his great many contributions to the Free Software Directory, a digital catalog of useful free software that runs under free operating systems. The Directory is a complex Wiki-based system for which David contributed data and information to in a variety of different ways. To help his own work, David even went so far as to write his own set of scripts to help organized and scrape data from other sites. His contributions to Directory not only helped the FSF as an organization, but have been used by countless members of the public, including academic researchers, who rely upon the Free Software Directory as a trusted and convenient source of information.

Please feel free to contact me at jgay@gnu.org if you wish to a discuss David's qualifications and experience further. I'd be happy to expand on my recommendation.


Joshua Gay Former Licensing & Compliance Manager Free Software Foundation

Work on the FSD

"Free Software Directory volunteers are making a concerted effort to add many more IceCat extensions to the FSD. Driving much of this work is David Hedlund, who has curated lists of hundreds of popular add-ons for our community of volunteers to review and hopefully add to the FSD. David's approach is creative. His top tier list is browser add-ons with over one million daily users, his second tier list have between 100k and 999k daily users, and so on. In addition to creating these lists, David has made over a thousand edits and has added many new packages and pages to the FSD over the past few months." - Joshua Gay, Licensing and Compliance Manager, Free Software Foundation, GNU IceCat and the Free Software Directory, 2015-07-08

Notorious contribution to the FSD:


I've contacted the author of the *licenseutils* package and asked him to make automated verification possible. Currently there are over 2000 software that we need to verify licenses for on the list below, doing it manually isn't feasible.

My favorite pages

AnkiA spaced repetition flashcard program.http://ankisrs.net/
ColumnsWizardAdd a custom column, set the default columns settings for any new folder, and show hidden columns in the Conversation Tab and in the search window.http://micz.it/thunderdbird-addon-columnswizard/GPLv3
G'MICGREYC's Magic for Image Computinghttp://gmic.euCeCILLv2
GnuzillaGNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser.GPL, LGPL, MPL
I2PInvisible Internet Projecthttps://geti2p.net/PublicDomain, BSD, GPLv2 with exception, Artistic
KomodoA Zcash fork.https://komodoplatform.com/AGPLv3orlater, Expat
LicenseutilsPut copyright and license notices at the head of source code fileshttp://sv.gnu.org/p/licenseutilsOther, GPLv3orlater
IcedoveEasy to use e-mail clienthttps://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/GPLv2orlater, LGPLv2.1orlater
Tor BrowserA Firefox ESR-based web browser for use of the TOR networkhttps://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.htmlGPLv3orlater
UBlock OriginA wide-spectrum blocker. Easy on CPU and memory.https://github.com/gorhill/uBlockGPLv3orlater
ZcashZcash is a decentralized cryptocurrency that offers privacy and selective transparency of transactions. Zcash payments are published on a public blockchain, but the sender, recipient, and amount of a transaction remain privatehttps://z.cash/AGPLv3orlater, Expat
ZclassicZclassic is a Zcash fork with no 20% Founders Tax.http://zclassic.org/AGPLv3orlater, Expat



These entries carry extra high importance.

Issues that needs your vote

Software Popular long-term issue Vote Type Submitted
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
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


Political issues

Bug fixes

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.
  • GNU IceCat -- I've already asked all GUIX icecat package maintainers to be part of the GNUzilla group
  • Data copied from Add-on lists
    • HTTPS Everywhere: Lots of unresolved bugs
    • Anti-Adblock Killer: Lots of unresolved bugs

F-Droid apps

Missing free software in the ecosystem


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

  • e-ID's -- This is and will remain the single most important kind of app that should be free because in the future it will be mandatory to wear a mobile phone connected with a identification system to even shop food to survive.
  • Sensors
    • USB video camera
    • Magnetometer


>  Sent to ​https://sites.google.com/site/andropenoffice/contact-us
> "* [ x] The original app author has been notified (and supports the inclusion)." - ​https://gitlab.com/fdroid/rfp/issues/new?issue%5Bassignee_id%5D=&issue%5Bmilestone_id%5D=
> Is it ok with you if the F-Droid community build and publish AndrOpen? Office on f-droid.org ?
> Your reply email will be used as reference.
I've sent this message 16 Aug 2015 to [libreplanet-discuss](https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/libreplanet-discuss/2015-08/msg00030.html), 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. 

The pages I've submitted

ARChon Runtime for ChromeRun Android Apps in Chrome in OS X, GNU/Linux and Windowshttps://archon-runtime.github.io/
Chromium Embedded FrameworkThe Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) is a simple framework for embedding Chromium-based browsers in other applications.https://bitbucket.org/chromiumembedded/cefBSD 3Clause
IceCat/InFormEnterInFormEnter adds a small, clickable icon next to every input field in a web form, from where you can select the item to be inserted - no typing required.http://firefoxer.ru/

My subpages


pages with license name: 0


Contact list

#fsf channel on freenode

Contact list

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