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We're looking for a few good programs

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Sep 01, 2009 05:30 PM

by Kelly Hopkins
Directory Maintainer

Are you? Chances are, if you spend any time hacking, new code is always a useful thing. Well, we're here to help you out. For those of you who don't know, the Free Software Directory is updated almost daily with fresh new code just for you. Here's the thing, sometimes we have people who send us projects, sometimes companies with shiny new toys send us their stuff, and sometimes we go looking for code to fill a specific niche that we think needs to be beefed up.

As it so happens, we've just passed 6,000 active programs in our Directory. That's a lot of code, a lot of work, and a whole lot of resources for the free software public. So, we're putting it out there to you, the consumers, the hackers, and the brains behind much of what is already in there, to help us out in racing past that number and right on to 7,000.

(If you'd like to, take a look at program number 6,000.)

And why is the Free Software Directory special? Good question. Each and every project that we list is individually vetted and checked before listing. We check every license, we look for binary-only blobs, and we make sure that nothing nasty is hiding in the code that we put up there. In short, we take the time to post the cleanest and most interesting code we can find for you to hack on.

What's missing from the Directory? Do you have some fantastic new free project you've been working on that should be in the Directory but isn't? Have you been too shy to send us something but just need that final push to submit it? Well, here's your chance. Here are the details on how to submit your program. You can email us at our new easier to remember email address, directory@fsf.org, which will appear shortly on the Web site.

You can even offer to volunteer to help out with program processing and other tasks if you have the time and the patience. As you may know, volunteers are the lifeblood of the FSF, and the more volunteers we have for the Directory the more code there will be for everyone. If you want to know more just send us an email, and we'll get right back to you.

So send us your best and we'll see if you've got what it takes to make it into the Directory and, more than likely, the hacking hands of millions of free software users worldwide.

Happy Hacking!

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