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Pining 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...

Nouvelle langue : le roumain

Le site internet de F-Droid est maintenant disponible en Roumain, merci pour tous les efforts des quelques contributeurs volontaires. Bien que la page principal a été complètées, les documentations et les descriptions d’applications sont toujours en cours de traduction. Si vous êtes interressé pour leur donner un coup de main...

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

Running emulator tests on GitLab CI

GitLab CI (Continuous Integration) has become an essential part of the F-Droid community processes. It is free software, built on open standards, and works well. The last piece that is missing from our testing ecosystem is a reliable way to run tests in actual Android emulators. Thanks to pushes from...

εxodus ETIP: The Canonical Database for Tracking Trackers

There is a new story to add to the list of horrors of Surveillance Capitalism: the United States’ Military is purchasing tracking and location data from companies that track many millions of people. Users must have real options for stepping out of “big tech”, where tracking dominates....

Android broadcasts data leakage

F-Droid has a long history of transparently warning users about potential risks with apps we’re distributing. Our team is currently specifically focusing on: tracking. Usually tracking is perfectly opaque to users. In privacy policies this collected data often is described as metadata, which is usually is a crude over-simplification....

New language: Japanese

Thanks to the efforts of many volunteer contributors, the F-Droid website is now available in Japanese. While the main pages and tutorials have been completed, the FAQs and app descriptions are still in progress. Those interested in adding to these translations, or improving existing translations, are encouraged to contribute via...

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