Skip to content, sitemap or skip to search.

Personal tools
Join now
You are here: Home Bulletins 2017 Fall High Priority Projects: 2017 Progress Report

High Priority Projects: 2017 Progress Report

by Dana Morgenstein Contributions Published on Dec 22, 2017 12:47 PM
Established in 2005 and most recently revised in 2016, the High Priority Projects initiative draws attention to the projects deemed to be of greatest strategic importance to our goal of freedom for all computer users.

PROJECT: Free phone operating system

  • Replicant 6.0, the latest version of the only fully-free Android software distribution, more than doubled the number of supported devices, making it accessible to way more users! It also has important security fixes and other much-appreciated improvements. Replicant is supported through our Working Together for Free Software Fund; please donate to support this project at

  • Purism Librem 5 phones, now available for pre-order, will run a GNU/Linux-based operating system called PureOS by default, and will allow users to install a different GNU/Linux distribution if they choose, potentially making this the first phone on the market with fully libre userspace. Purism emphasizes privacy and security, with features that include encrypted text and email support, hardware kill switches, and more. They've already overshot their fundraising goal, indicating that there is a serious audience for a fully free phone. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, Purism has not committed to avoid nonfree blobs – please help us encourage them to do so.

PROJECT: Decentralization, federation, and self-hosting

  • In our Spring issue, we interviewed an author of Mastodon, a federated social network platform compatible with GNU social, about its explosion of interest and users. It is now approaching 1 million users, with over 132 million posts!

  • In September, Mastodon announced support for the federation specification ActivityPub. ActivityPub achieved World Wide Web Consortium Candidate Recommendation status in September, and will be used by the decentralized media sharing platform GNU MediaGoblin, among others.

Document Actions

The FSF is a charity with a worldwide mission to advance software freedom — learn about our history and work. is powered by:


Send your feedback on our translations and new translations of pages to