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My name is John Sullivan, and I'm the executive director at the Free Software Foundation, and a bureaucrat here on the Directory.

You can reach me at, or on the Discussion page here. I'm a subscriber to the directory-discuss mailing list as well.

If this is list is valuable to you, I'd appreciate a small donation to the FSF at

Software I use often

(Work in progress... Will add notes about how and why I use these programs, and populate/update the corresponding Directory entries.)

My ideas for the Directory

  • Individuals listing software they use, linked to the Directory entries.
  • Make sure there is a good feedback loop, so that people are notified about entries they submit.
  • Make sure that the guidelines are presented during any transaction where someone submits a new entry or edits an existing one.
  • A healthy way of featuring particular programs, both on the Directory site itself and in the Free Software Supporter.
  • Wordpress and other blogging plugins that simplify auto-linking names of programs to their Directory entries
  • A healthy way of directing funding to appropriate places to help with listed project development
  • Make Collections of software used at the FSF and other organizations.

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