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Feature #1629

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F-Droid does not respect the GNU free system distributions guidelines

Added by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli almost 7 years ago. Updated over 1 year ago.

Status:
In Progress
Priority:
Immediate
Assignee:
-
Category:
Freedom
Target version:
Start date:
02/06/2016
Due date:
% Done:

50%

Estimated time:
(Total: 0.00 h)
Spent time:
(Total: 1.00 h)
Resolution:
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Grant:
Type of work:
Communication (mails, contacting people, etc), System administration, Wiki editions

Description

The guidelines are here: https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html

While I didn't find a smoking gun yet, the following page raises some concern:
https://f-droid.org/wiki/page/Antifeatures

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:
https://wiki.parabola.nu/Emulator_licensing_issues

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.

Subtasks 4 (2 open2 closed)

Issue #1635: F-droid Antifeature:NonFreeAssets wiki page is unclearIn ProgressWolfgang Wiedmeyer02/06/2016

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Issue #1647: F-droid Antifeature:Ads wiki page is unclearRejectedDenis 'GNUtoo' Carikli02/06/2016

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Issue #1782: F-droid Antifeature: NonFreeAdd definition unclearClosedWolfgang Wiedmeyer03/20/2017

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Feature #1878: Make f-droid be FSDG compliant again to be able to include it again in ReplicantNew04/23/2018

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Related issues

Related to Replicant - Issue #1848: Build failing due to missing FDroid.apkResolvedDenis 'GNUtoo' Carikli11/16/2017

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