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Trusted Update Channels vs. Scratching Your Itch

One of the great things about free software is that people can easily take a functional program or library and customize it as they see fit. Anyone can come along, submit bug fixes or improvements, and they can be easily shared across many people, projects, and organizations. With distribution systems...

New language: Polish

We are pleased to announce the launch of the completed Polish translation on this site! The Polish translators have covered almost all the text that can be translated, with 100% of the client, website strings, static pages, and tutorials available in Polish. On top of that, 95% of the documentation,...

Testing helps get updates out

After a few month hiatus, our staging setup for the complete buildserver is again running, thanks to the Reproducible Builds team who host that infrastructure. These Continuous Integration (CI) jobs create a complete buildserver from scratch once a week based on the current source code (e.g. master). This...

We're modernizing our App Database

We keep a database containing structured information about all apps we’re shipping. Architecture-wise, this is a set of plain text files in a version control system. It’s the heart of our data-driven app building- and distribution- systems. Maybe you’ve heard someone mentioning F-Droid Data already. Occasionally we also refer...

Public Statement on Neutrality of Free Software

In the past week, a controversy around F-Droid took place at its forum and in the fediverse. We feel like we have to put out a public statement to clear F-Droid’s position on it.

To recap the situation: a website joined the fediverse only half a month ago that...

TWIF 64: We are back!

This Week In F-Droid 64, Week 28, 2019 Feed

In this edition: F-Droid 1.7 released, Tutanota now has a calendar, OSMAnd 3.4 beta, Orbot update, Info on reproducible builds, Tusky & Gab discussion closed, and report on localization of F-Droid apps.

Improving our "bus factor"

“Bus factor” is an important measure of the health of a free software project, even though the idea is quite morbid. As F-Droid has expanded from a project of one to a whole community effort. And there is much more work than one person can do. Essential infrastructure needs to...

Dropping old TLS on Android

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the protocol that powers most of the internet these days. It gives HTTPS the S for “Secure”. F-Droid uses it to keep the connection to repos private. After many years of slow updates and an increasing number of vulnerabilities, there is finally critical mass to...

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