Issue #1623

Check extensively if f-droid repositories still respects the GNU Free system distribution guidelines

Added by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli over 5 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

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The guidelines are here:

While I didn't find a smoking gun yet, the following page raises some concern:

To check:

1) What, practically speaking, each anti-feature really is.
For instance the description of the advertizing anti-feature says that no applications is known to have it,
but the list of application with that anti-feature is not empty.
We should check with upstream and fix the descriptions if we can.
2) Look if Replicant is affected
For instance Firefox exist in f-droid but it's not possible to run on Replicant.
Still, Firefox should not be possible to install on Replicant because it can suggest non-free add ons.
3) List and check well known suspicious applications such as firefox.
4) List and check emulators, Parabola has a good reference on it here:

If no issues are to be found, Documentation should be made more clear.

If issues are to be found, F-droid will have to be fixed upstream, not to show any application with anti-features to Replicant users.
We should also look which implementations would satisfy the guidelines requirements:

> Should the filter be made automatic and not possible to disable.
> Can the filter be a setting, and be enabled by default on Replicant.
-> Can upstream simply remove applications with anti-features?
Having F-droid fixed upstream is desirable not to have to maintain a fork.


Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli over 5 years ago

  • Resolution set to invalid

strike inside the description, cloned the bug


Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli over 5 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Rejected

strike inside the description, cloned the bug (can't edit it)

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