This Week in F-Droid, Week 21Posted on 2018-05-25 by Coffee
F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed by a wide range of contributors. This is their story this past week.
We have new contributors and permissions in GitLab. Rudloff now has developer access for data. Poussinou has reporter (moderator) access to rfp. Izzy has project-wide reporter access. We hope these changes will further speed up the process of adding new apps to F-Droid.
Rudloff is now a member of the F-Droid Data team over at Liberapay, so he can get some reward for all his hard work.
_hc is getting the Debian GSoC students started on the Android SDK Tools in Debian. This work will directly benefit F-Droid as our build server runs Debian.
Bubu and mimi89999 have been updating the SPDX license identifiers, mostly working on explicit separation between
Bubu and Tovok7 have been working on fixing reproducible builds for Briar among others. The latest news is that this is now working. Stay tuned.
uniq finished up the documentation for bootstrapping the buildserver basebox.
uniq also laid the groundwork to upgrade our build server to Debian Stretch, and we’ll be experimenting with that in the next weeks. Once this upgrade is in place, it’ll be much easier to build some applications with lots of native dependencies, e.g. VLC, Ring, OsmAnd~.
You may have noticed the total absence of any GDPR related work. We take your privacy seriously and always have.
No news from the wider community this week.
- Notepad: A simple, bare-bones, no-frills note taking app
- Binaural Beats: Meditation helper
- Batch Uninstaller: Uninstall multiple applications at once
- Waistline: Free calorie counter and weight tracker
- The Reader for Pepper&Carrot dropped on F-Droid this week. It’s a multi-language reader for the CC-BY licensed Pepper & Carrot Webcomic. You should check it out because it’s cool.
- Werewolf: Play Werewolf with your friends
- TermBot: SSH client for use with smart cards
In total, 54 apps were updated this week. Here are the highlights:
MuPDF viewer 1.13.0 fixes several security holes. You should update ASAP.
NetGuard is back! The developer removed all ads and nonfree dependencies as the most hassle-free way to comply with the GDPR. Way to go! More info here.
Version 2.197 is already in the main repository as of now. If you’ve used the GitHub release (so you can benefit from the hosts blocking feature) you can export your settings, uninstall that version, reinstall from F-Droid, import back the settings and reload your hosts file.
Important: If you switch, you will lose any pro features you may have bought.
OsmAnd~ beta 3.0 is now in the repository, although it won’t be installed by default. If you’d like to give it a try, expand the versions tab and install it manually. We haven’t had any negative reports so far, but remember this is still beta!
Yalp Store was broken by Google. 0.41 is now in the repository and should fix this.
Easer is a tool to automate many things like switching off WiFi when leaving home, or setting the volume when a headset is connected. The update from 0.6 to 0.6.2 brings some UI changes, a screen unlock event, and a bunch of crash fixes.
Archived and Removed apps
No apps were removed.
In the next TWIF
What ends up in the next TWIF is all up to you! There are way too many app updates to keep track of them all, so we need your help to highlight the most interesting changes. And of course, we love to hear about all things involving F-Droid in some way.
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