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The Free Software Directory

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Feb 12, 2009 05:08 PM
by Kelly Hopkins, Directory Maintainer.

The Free Software Directory is one of our signature projects here at the FSF. A joint venture between the FSF and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) — the Free Software Directory is your one-stop-shop for completely free programs for use, hacking, and study.

One of the most important ways for us to learn about the latest and greatest programs is from you, our members. Submitting your program to us is easy, but to ensure the directory remains a useful resource, we need a bunch of useful information from you.

  • Make sure you send us your project's title and homepage -- this might seem obvious, but it is easily overlooked.

  • A link to your source code, both a download link, but also a link to your source code repository. If you don't have one, sign up with Savannah! If you're using a bug tracker, send us that as well.

  • Don't forget to list ALL the licenses, including the license for your documentation. We recommend the GNU Free Documentation License.

  • Sell yourself -- a good, concise description of what your project is and what it does. Keep it short, but sweet.

  • The current version number, and tell us the maturity of your project -- is it production ready, or just your latest hack project?

  • Who are you? How can people contact you... we'll make this public, so bear that in mind.

  • Community! Do you have mailing lists and IRC channels? Be sure to include those with your submission.

  • Be sure to tell us about any dependencies. Dependencies should also be free software, and try to be as accurate as possible.

  • And finally, don't forget to tell us about your program's interface -- is it a web application, or a console tool? A great GTK app, or a cute Qt program?

Sending us all of this information might seem a little unwieldy or redundant, but considering the volume of requests we receive, it's the fastest way to guarantee that your request receives the attention it deserves.

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