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No user accounts, by design

Ethics has been central to the F-Droid community from the beginning, with a focus on free software, privacy and user control. A key part of F-Droid’s design is the lack of user accounts. There are no user accounts used, ever, in the process of delivering apps to users. This...

Decentralizing Distribution

Guardian Project has been awarded a grant from the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web (FFDW) to work on decentralizing veracity and distribution (DVD). FFDW’s Mission is to “ensure the permanent preservation of humanity’s most important information by stewarding the development of open source software and open protocols for...

New language: Portuguese

The F-Droid website is now also available in the Portuguese language (until now it was available only in Brazilian Portuguese variant), thanks to the efforts of the few volunteer contributors. The translation efforts are still in the works. People interested in giving a helping hand to complete them or to...

F-Droid Meeting at the RC3 Congress

The congress of the Chaos Computer Club usually takes place in person but the pandemic forced it to become a virtual event called RC3. It is visited by many open-source enthusiasts, so it is no wonder that there are people who love F-Droid and FOSS Android apps in general....

Pinning for packages: Android dependency management and F-Droid Push Requests

One thing that made GNU/Linux distros so popular is that dependency management was built into the operating system. In Debian, all software installed is packaged as a .deb, and its all installed from the Debian repositories. Android has always lacked this kind dependency management, and many of us sorely miss...

New language: Romanian

The F-Droid website is now available in Romanian too, thanks to the efforts of the few volunteer contributors. While the main pages have been completed, the Docs and app descriptions are still in progress. Those interested in lending a hand for their completion or for improving existing translations, are encouraged...

Important Community Update

Hello all,

Given recent events, the F-Droid team has decided to migrate from Freenode to OFTC. We chose OFTC because several projects the F-Droid team is closely aligned to (such as Debian and Tor) have already been using OFTC for many years.

This decision does not come easy to us,...

F-Droid Metrics and Clean Insights

The F-Droid community has been discussing how to measure what apps are popular for a long time. From 2012 through 2015, some simple download counts were maintained in fdroiddata. We also sketched out an idea based on Debian’s “Popularity Contest”. Then we determined a safe way to

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