Software that does not respect Free System Distribution Guidelines

This page monitors Trisquel's freedom status with regards to the software listed on LibrePlanet wiki concerning software that does not respect GNU's Guidelines for Free System Distributions

Software

NOT Fixed

boinc / boinc-app-seti

debian-reference

  • Description: Documentation for using the Debian system
  • Problem: Suggests/instructs installing proprietary software.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package or modify to not recommend proprietary software
  • (Source) package name(s): debian-reference
  • Trisquel Status: NOT FIXED (Trisquel Bug #5950)

konqueror

lucida

  • Description: Bitmap fonts donated to the X Consortium many years ago
  • Problem: License is nonfree: only permits verbatim use
  • Recommended Fix:
  • (Source) package name(s):
  • Trisquel Status:

psutils

  • Description: A collection of PostScript document handling utilities
  • Problem: Includes non-free Postscript files (md68_0.ps, md71_0.ps).
  • Recommended Fix: Remove the files; Debian derivatives use version 1.17.dsfg-1 or greater.
  • (Source) package name(s): psutils
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (upstream); NOT FIXED (Trisquel Bug #5981)

texlive-base-bin - getnonfreefonts script

  • Description: TeX Live: Essential binaries
  • Problem: This package includes a script that dowloads and installs non-free fonts, called getnonfreefonts.
  • Recommended Fix: Use version 2011.20120322-1 and above
  • (Source) package name(s): texlive-bin
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (upstream); NOT FIXED (Trisquel Bug #1364)

Thunderbird

  • Description: Email client
  • Problem: Recommends non-free software (extensions) and non-free searchplugins.
  • Recommended Fix: Change link to point to GNUzilla's list of free addons and apply searchplugins-libre.patch to remove non-free search plugins replacing them with duckduckgo and identi.ca.
  • (Source) package name(s): icedove, thunderbird
  • Trisquel Status:

XChat

  • Description: IRC client.
  • Problem: Refers to a non-free browser in its URL handlers
  • Recommended Fix: Remove the URL handler entry.
  • (Source) package name(s): xchat
  • Trisquel Status: NOT FIXED (Trisquel Bug #5994)

Fixed

Ax25-apps

  • Description: Applications for hamradio protocol AX.25.
  • Problem: Non-commercial license.
  • Recommended Fix: Use relicensed version of ripdump.c or version >= 0.0.8-rc2+cvs20130510-1. (Debian Bug #630893)
  • (Source) package name(s): ax25-apps
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed

Anything to PostScript (Perl version)

  • Description: Perl implementation of Anything to PostScript.
  • Problem: Non-commercial license.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): a2ps-perl-ja
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

ACE

AcetoneISO

  • Description: Application to mount and manage CD and DVD images.
  • Problem: Requires non-free software.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package or replace PowerISO dependency with free software.
  • (Source) package name(s): acetoneiso
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

aee

afio

  • Description: afio manipulates groups of files, copying them within or between filesystems and an afio archive
  • Problem: Non-free license
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): afio
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

app-install-data-commercial

  • Description: 3rd party proprietary software supplied by Canonical.
  • Problem: Recommends non-free software.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): app-install-data-commercial
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

apt

  • Description:
  • Problem: Example sources.list files in the documentation refer to repositories with non-free software.
  • Recommended Fix: Change file to refer to repositories that only contain free software (e.g. gNewSense, Trisquel)
  • (Source) package name(s): apt
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Version >= 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu10.7+6.0trisquel2) in Trisquel

Audacious plugins

Ax25pyd

Axiom

b43-fwcutter

  • Description: Management utility for non-free firmware (contrib)
  • Problem: Only useful to install non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): b43-fwcutter
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

bcm43xx-fwcutter

  • Description: Management utility for non-free firmware (contrib)
  • Problem: Only useful to install non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): bcm43xx-fwcutter
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

blobandconquer, blobwars, starfighter, viruskiller

bnetd

  • Description: Only useful with proprietary software
  • Problem: Only useful with non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): bnetd
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Trisquel Bug #5807)

cacti

  • Description: includes non-free Javascript
  • Recommended fix: Wait for upstream (Debian) to fix it
  • Trisquel status: Fixed

chromium-browser

  • Description: Freed version of googles Chrome Web browser
  • Problem: (1) Copyright or license of some code is unclear
    (2) Links to proprietary plugins.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): chromium-browser
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

chromium-bsu

  • Description: Fast paced, arcade-style, scrolling space shooter
  • Problem: Artistic License 1.0 for versions 0.9.14-1 and prior.
  • Recommended Fix: Debian, at least, has permission to distribute it under the Clarified Artistic License since version 0.9.14.1. Distribute that (or something based on it) and you're fine.
  • (Source) package name(s): chromium-bsu
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Version >= 0.9.14.1-1 in Trisquel)

cia-clients

  • Description: Scripts to talk to the CIA commit service.
  • Problem: Contains a script for bitkeeper, which is only useful with proprietary software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove bitkeeper script
  • (Source) package name(s): cia-clients
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed

command-not-found

  • Description: command-not-found is the program suggesting what package to install if one tries to execute a non-installed application in a shell.
  • Problem: Suggests proprietary software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package or modify to not recommend proprietary software
  • (Source) package name(s): command-not-found
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed in command-not-found-data (Version >= 0.2.46ubuntu6+6.0trisquel1) in Trisquel

cracklib2

d4x

dosbox

dosemu

  • Description: DOS emulator.
  • Problem: dosemu is generally used in conjunction with FreeDOS -- FreeDOS binaries are included in the dosemu Debian package. However, it's not possible to build FreeDOS with free software; you have to use one of a few proprietary compilers.
  • Recommended Fix: Find a way to build FreeDOS with only free software, or other free DOS software.
  • (Source) package name(s): dosemu
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Not included in Trisquel)

ee

envyng-core, envyng-gtk, envyng-qt

  • Description: Install the ATI or the NVIDIA driver
  • Problem: Program's sole purpose is to download and install non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): envyng-core, envyng-gtk, envyng-qt
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

firefox

  • Description: Web browser
  • Problem: Recommends non-free addons and plugins
  • Recommended Fix: Use GNU IceCat, or equivalent
  • (Source) package name(s): firefox, firefox-3.0, firefox-3.5
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (modified to abrowser)

fpc

  • Description: Free Pascal compiler.
  • Problem: Versions prior to 2.2.2 contain non-free software (and a copyright violation)
  • Recommended Fix: Use version 2.2.2 or above
  • (Source) package name(s): fpc
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Version >= 2.2.2 in Trisquel)

Free Abuse Extensions

  • Description: Levels and graphics for Abuse.
  • Problem: The "Claudio" add-ons don't allow distribution and only non-commercial use.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove the Claudio add-ons.
  • (Source) package name(s): abuse-frabs, abuse-sdl
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed

freedoom

galeon

  • Description: gnome Web browser
  • Problem: Recommends non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Use GNU IceCat, or equivalent
  • (Source) package name(s): galeon
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (abrowser)

gkrellm-snmp

  • Description: snmp plug-in for GKrellM
  • Problem: Links against openssl without exception
  • Recommended Fix: Use version 1.1 or Debian 1.0-1.2 (see debian bug report)
  • (Source) package name(s): gkrellm-snmp
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Version >= 1.0-1.2 in Trisquel)

GPL Ghostscript CMap data files

gnome-app-install

  • Description: Browse and install software packages
  • Problem: Recommends nonfree software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package (program/package is depriciated)
  • (Source) package name(s): gnome-app-install
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (modified to not recommend nonfree software)

gstreamer0.10-pitfdll

  • Description: GStreamer loader for DLL codecs (contrib)
  • Problem: DLL codecs are nonfree
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): gstreamer0.10-pitfdll
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Not included in Trisquel)

helix-player

  • Description: Media player
  • Problem: Suggests that the user download the nonfree Real Player
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package or modify to not recommend non-free software
  • (Source) package name(s): helix-player
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

iceape

  • Description: Iceape Internet Suite browser
  • Problem: Recommends non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Use GNUzilla, or equivalent
  • (Source) package name(s): iceape
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Not included in Trisquel)

iceweasel

  • Description: Browser based on Mozilla technology
  • Problem: Recommends non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Use GNU IceCat, or equivalent
  • (Source) package name(s): iceweasel
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Not included in Trisquel)

ipw2100, ipw2200, ipw2915, ipw3945

  • Description: Drivers and firmware for Intel wireless hardware
  • Problem: The software is nonfree.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s):
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Trisquel uses drivers from Linux-libre, which are deblobbed)

isdnutils

  • Description: software to manage ISDN network connections
  • Problem: At the very least, eurofile/src/wuauth/sigfix.c has a license which prohibits commercial use. There is also code in the codebase that has advertising clauses; more investigation is needed to determine whether or not this conflicts with the GPL that covers most of the code. The package also contains sourceless firmware.
  • Recommended Fix: Debian GNU/Linux derivatives use version 1:3.9.20060704+dfsg.1-1 or above
  • (Source) package name(s): isdnutils
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

ivman

jockey

  • Description: GUI driver manager software
  • Problem: Installs for propietary drivers (contrib)
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): jockey
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

kopete

  • Description: IM Program
  • Problem: Recommends non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Use pidgin, or modify kopete to avoid recommendations.
  • (Source) package name(s): kdenetwork
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (modified to avoid recommendations)

libsmi2-common

  • Description: library to access SMI MIB information
  • Problem: libsmi ships MIB files licensed under a restrictive license
  • Recommended Fix: For Debian GNU/Linux derivatives use 0.4.8+dfsg2-1 or above.
  • (Source) package name(s): libsmi
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Version >= 0.4.8+dfsg2-1 in Trisquel)

libsnmp-base

  • Description: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a widely used protocol for monitoring the health and welfare of network equipment (eg. routers), computer equipment and even devices like UPSs.
  • Problem: libsmi2-common contains a lot of MIB licensed under a restrictive license
  • Recommended Fix: For Debian GNU/Linux derivatives use 5.4.2.1~dfsg-1 or above. Otherwise remove package/program
  • (Source) package name(s): net-snmp
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Version >= 5.4.2.1~dfsg-1 in Trisquel)

libxprintapputil

  • Description:
  • Problem: libxprintapputil does not refer to a free software license, not in the source code files nor in COPYING. So default copyright applies, which makes the package non-free.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): libxprintapputil
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (removed upstream)

liferea

linux linux-backports-modules* linux-ubuntu-modules

  • Description: The kernel Linux, and associated packages
  • Problem: Includes non-free blobs
  • Recommended Fix: Use linux-libre instead
  • (Source) package name(s): linux, linux-2.*, linux-backports-modules*, linux-ubuntu-modules* linux-latest-2.6
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (modified to linux-libre)

linux-wlan-ng

  • Description: Utilities and integration scripts for certain wireless cards
  • Problem: These are only useful in conjunction with proprietary drivers for said cards
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): linux-wlan-ng
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Not included in Trisquel)

linux-firmware

MAME

  • Description: The Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator - MAME
  • Problem: Non-free license: MAME
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): mame
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

mesademos

  • Description: Example programs using Mesa and OpenGL
  • Problem: Non-free license: Two demos (progs/demos/pointblast.c and progs/demos/spriteblast.c) do not allow modification.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package or remove non-free demos
  • (Source) package name(s): mesademos
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

Mac-on-Linux emulator

  • Description: Allows running MacOS inside a GNU/Linux system.
  • Problem: Only runs/supports proprietary software.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): mol, mol-drivers-linux
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (removed upstream)

Monkey's Audio Codec

moonlight

  • Description: implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight web application framework
  • Problem: recommends non-free software (Microsoft Media Pack)
  • Recommended Fix:
  • (Source) package name(s): moon
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

mp32ogg

ndiswrapper, ndisgtk

  • Description: Lets Linux use NDIS drivers
  • Problem: With one exception, all NDIS drivers are nonfree--and the one free one is a Windows port of a native Linux driver. So right now, this isn't useful for anything besides using nonfree software--although that could theoretically change in the future.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): ndiswrapper, ndisgtk
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

nikto

  • Description: Web server security scanner
  • Problem: The files in plugins/db_* have a very restrictive license. If the software's still usable without those, it looks like you could take those out and distribute what's left.
  • Recommended Fix:
  • (Source) package name(s): nikto
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

nvidia-xconfig nvidia-settings

  • Description: Configuration tool for NVidia's proprietary video drivers
  • Problem: Only useful with nonfree software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): nvidia-settings, nvidia-xconfig
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

OpenOffice.org

  • Description:
  • Problem: (1) Recommends non-free software. (extensions)
    • (2) Has non-free components (Artistic License).
  • Recommended Fix: Use LibreOffice. (Primary)
  • (Source) package name(s): openoffice.org
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (uses Libreoffice)

Oracle Berkeley DB

pdftk

poppler CMap data files

pvpgn

  • Description:
  • Problem: Requires non-free software to work, only useful with proprietary software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): pvpgn
  • Trisquel Status: NOT FIXED (Trisquel Bug #5807)

rman

  • Description: Converts man pages into other formats
  • Problem: Remove program/package
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): rman
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

screenlets

scribus-ng-doc

seamonkey

  • Description: Web browser
  • Problem: Recommends non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Use GNU IceCat, or equivalent
  • (Source) package name(s): seamonkey
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

sharand

  • Description: Generate cryptographically secure pseudo random file.
  • Problem: Uses a non-free SHA-1 implementation (RFC 3174).
  • Recommended Fix: Replace with a free implementation (e.g. RFC 6234).
  • (Source) package name(s): sharand
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed

simutrans

  • Description: transportation simulator
  • Problem: Non-free license: Artistic license 1.0
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): simutrans; simutrans-pak64; simutrans-pak128.britain
  • Trisquel Status: FIXED (Package removed)

Source code for the Nouveau kernel module

  • Description: Source code for the Nouveau kernel module
  • Problem: Different versions of the Nouveau kernel module have included nonfree blob(s). The project is working on eliminating this dependency, and some specific versions of Linux don't include this blob, but they're apparently not all the way there yet. If your distribution ships the Nouveau module separately from Linux, it definitely contains a blob that must be removed. If Nouveau is included with Linux in your distribution, and you're not using linux-libre, you'll need to check for a blob and remove it if it's there.
  • Recommended Fix: Use a version of linux-libre that includes Nouveau.
  • (Source) package name(s): nouveau-kernel-source
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Trisquel uses the kernel modules included in Linux-libre, which are deblobbed)

teeworlds

testdrive

  • Description: Testdrive helps you download and run the daily Ubuntu development ISO in a virtual machine on your local hardware.
  • Problem: The daily Ubuntu development ISOs contain non-free packages.
  • Recommended Fix:
  • (Source) package name(s): testdrive
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

ubufox

  • Description: Firefox branding
  • Problem: Recommends non-free software
  • Recommended Fix: Remove package/program or modify to not recommend non-free software
  • (Source) package name(s): ubufox
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (modified)

ubuntu-meta, kubuntu-meta

  • Description: Packages who's primary purpose is to depend on other (real) packages.
  • Problem: Dependencies on non-free packages.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): kubuntu-meta, ubuntu-meta
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

unetbootin

  • Description: UNetbootin allows for the installation of various Linux/BSD distributions to a partition or USB drive, so it's no different from a standard install, only it doesn't need a CD. It can create a dual-boot install, or replace the existing OS entirely.
  • Problem: It lists many non-GFSD operating systems.
  • Recommended Fix: Remove or change the list of distros available. FUSBi is a fork which does so.
  • (Source) package name(s): unetbootin
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

unrar

VirtualBox OSE Guest Additions

  • Description: Description: x86 virtualization solution - guest additions. Can be found in Ubuntu multiverse, note that the virtualbox-ose package is free software.
  • Problem: Non-free license: VirtualBox PUEL terms and conditions
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): virtualbox-guest-additions-iso
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Not included in Trisquel)

VisualBoyAdvance

vrms

  • Description: Purports to tell you about nonfree software on your system.
  • Problem: Incomplete, misleading, and not necessary for distributions that abide by the GFSD
  • Recommended Fix: Remove program/package
  • (Source) package name(s): vrms
  • Trisquel Status: Fixed (Package removed)

xv

Revisions

06/20/2012 - 11:09
SirGrant
02/12/2013 - 05:39
Horgeon
11/18/2013 - 07:41
leny2010
09/05/2014 - 04:44
muhammed
05/02/2015 - 15:00
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