The Free Software Directory (FSD) is a project of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). It catalogs free software that runs under free operating systems - particularly GNU and Linux. The cataloged projects are often able to run in several other operating systems. The project was formerly co-run by UNESCO. Unlike some other directories that focus on free software, Free Software Directory staff verify the licenses of software listed in the directory.
1 Coverage growth and usages 2 See also 3 References 4 External links
Coverage growth and usages
FSD has been used as a source for assessing the share of free
software, for example finding in September 2002 an amount of "1550
entries, of which 1363 (87.9%) used the GPL license, 103 (6.6%) used
the LGPL license, 32 (2.0%) used a BSD or BSD-like license, 29 (1.9%)
used the Artistic license, 5 (0.3%) used the MIT license". By
September 2009, the Directory listed 6,000 packages whose number grew
up to 6,500 in October 2011, when the newly updated directory was
launched. All listed packages are "free for any computer user to
download, run and share. Each entry is individually checked and tested
[...] so users know that any program they come across in the directory
will be truly free software [...] with free documentation and without
proprietary software requirements".
Several scientific publications review or refer to the
directory. It has been remarked that the Directory "only
includes software that runs on free operating systems. The FSF/UNESCO
Free Software Directory is also a collaborative project, offering a
web interface for users to enter and update entries". Among the
critical issues of the previous version, it has been pointed out that
while "available software is described using a variety of textual
metadata, including the components upon which a particular piece of
software depends", "unfortunately, those dependencies are only listed
by name, and locating and retrieving them is left to the user". On
the other hand, the accuracy of the directory review on licenses is
acknowledged. The code review from the directory's editorial board
is suitable for obtaining statistics on subsets of free software
packages reliably clustered by license.
In September 2011, the
Free Software Directory was re-implemented as a
wiki, using Media
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^ Among public directories that focus on free software, for example,
Kim, E. E. (2003). An Introduction to Open Source Communities Archived
There are three major databases of open source software available on the Internet today: the GNU Free Software Directory (https://www.gnu.org/directory/), SourceForge (http://sourceforge.net/), and Freshmeat (http://freshmeat.net/).
^ Wheeler D. A. (2011). Make Your Open Source Software GPL-Compatible. Or Else.. Released 2002-05-06, revised 2011-04-26. The article remarked that:
The FSF prefers the GPL license, so the FSF directory statistic may be biased in the percentage of GPLed software it registers, but the directory still provides strong additional evidence that the GPL is a widely used license for FLOSS.
^ Noyes, K. (2011), Looking for Free Software? A New Directory Can
^ Reichle, M.; Hanft, A. (2006). "Strategies and Technologies of
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^ Dorn, J.; Hochmeister, M. (2009), TechScreen: Mining Competencies in
Social Software, The 13th World Multi-Conference on Systemics,
Cybernetics and Informatics, Orlando, pp. 115–126
^ Amatriain, X.; Griffiths, D. (2004), Free Software in Education: Is
it a Viable Alternative?, Proceedings of the 7th IMAC Conference on
Localization and Globalization in Technology, Duisburg, Germany
^ Jones, P. (2005). "The FLOSSWALD Information System on Free and Open
Source Software". Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on
Learning Software Organizations.
^ van der Hoek, A.; Wolf, A. L. (2002). "Software release management
for component-based software". Software — Practice and Experience.
33 (1): 77–98. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.13.3314 .
^ Wheeler, D. A. (2011). "How to Evaluate Open Source Software / Free
Software (OSS/FS) Programs". The Free Software Foundation's "Free
Software Directory" is somewhat smaller, but they work hard to make
sure their information is accurate (in particular, they check licenses
^ See the query interface on license-type:
^ Monden, A.; Okahara, S.; Manabe, Y.; Matsumoto, K. (2011). "Guilty
or Not Guilty: Using Clone Metrics to Determine Open Source Licensing
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