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<p id="category"><a href="/activities/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a></p>
<h1>Contribute and Help Others!</h1>
<div id="introduction">
<div class="image" id="hello-free-droid">
<img src="/activities/android/robot.png" alt="Liberated Android Robot" />
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<p>
Help us to encourage people to liberate their devices and convince app
developers to release their app as Free Software.
The various Free Software initiatives also need help
and we need to ensure that they stay free as in freedom.
If you just want to spread the word about this campaign,
there is <a href="/activities/android/artwork.html">promotion material</a>
available for download, translation and ordering.
</p>
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<h2 id="OS">Operating Systems</h2>
<p>
The Replicant initiative is in urgent need of help.
It lists <a href="http://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/wiki/Tasks">many ways to help out</a> on its homepage.
</p>
<p>
Even though other versions of Android are all based on Free Software,
sometimes non-free applications are added to these ROMs.
If you know about non-free software added to LineageOS or other versions of Android,
please <a href="mailto:android@lists.fsfe.org">let us know</a> about it!
We collect <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Android#Non-Free_Parts">current information</a> in the wiki.
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<h2 id="Apps">Apps and F-Droid</h2>
<p>
The F-Droid initiative <a href="http://f-droid.org/contribute/">lists many ways to contribute</a>.
Have a look!
Maybe there is something that you can do easily.
</p>
<h3>Adding Apps Yourself</h3>
<p>
You are encouraged to add applications to F-Droid yourself.
A <a href="http://f-droid.org/docs/">manual is provided</a> to help you.
There is a long queue
of <a
href="https://gitlab.com/fdroid/rfp/issues">applications
that wait to be added</a>.
Adding them works by filling a simple recipe file which controls how a package
is built from source. If you like to add apps yourself, you should read
about <a
href="https://f-droid.org/docs/Submitting_to_F-Droid_Quick_Start_Guide/">how F-Droid
works with git</a> and <a
href="https://f-droid.org/docs/Build_Metadata_Reference/">how
to create these so called metadata files</a>.
</p>
<h3 id="FreeingApps">Freeing Non-Free Apps</h3>
<p>
Unfortunately, there are still some applications that do not have a free
alternative. To use the proprietary app is a bad idea; it takes away
your freedom. Even if you don't
know how to program, you can <a
href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Advocacy/ConvinceYourFriends">contact</a> the authors
of crucial apps and ask
them politely for their reasons for not publishing their app as Free
Software. Many apps are available without payments, so money is not
always the dominating reason. Sometimes one email can make a difference
and there have already been successful attempts: The Chess
Walk app for example is now <a
href="https://f-droid.org/packages/cz.hejl.chesswalk/">liberated</a>.
</p>
<h4>Apps That Still Need To Be Liberated</h4>
<p>
We collect apps that have no free counterpart, but are important to have
on a free system <a
href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/Android#Apps_That_Still_Need_To_Be_Liberated">in
our wiki</a>. Please add other essential apps there. People can <a
href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Advocacy/ConvinceYourFriends">contact the authors</a>
of those apps and ask them why they are not Free Software.
</p>
<h4>Responses to Objections We've Heard from App Developers</h4>
<p>
Only when we understand the motivation of programmers who keep their
apps proprietary, we know what needs to be changed in order to change
their minds and to convince them of liberating their own app. Please <a
href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/Android#Responses_to_Objections_We.27ve_Heard_from_App_Developers">contribute
your experiences</a> with developers of non-free apps here and share
useful responses to their objections.
</p>
<ul>
<li>
<strong>Objection:</strong> If I publish my app as Free Software, I
will not be able to make money with it.
<ul>
<li> You can still offer your app in other markets and ask for money
there. </li>
<li> Offer options for people to donate. Free markets
like F-Droid can include them and their users like to reward.
Depending on your case, you might make more money with donations
than from sales. </li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>
<strong>Objection:</strong> But when my app is Free Software other
people can distribute it without me getting profit.
<ul>
<li> That is true, but keep in mind that people who don't want to
pay you will always find ways to do so. </li>
<li> If you ask people
in a friendly non-obtrusive way and give them good reasons, they
will give you money. </li>
<li> If you publish your app under a copyleft license like the
<a href="https://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU GPL</a>,
then you are guaranteed that other people cannot distribute it without
distributing the source code as well. Otherwise it is copyright
infringement and you can contact the app store operator to take it
down. </li>
<li> You could tell people that in order to recognize and support your work,
they should buy your application and not the other copies
that might be distributed by other people. </li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>
<strong>Objection:</strong> I'm embarrassed by my bad code and don't
want anybody to see it.
<ul>
<li> Your code is very useful to many people, and it works. Of course
good code would be better, but code quality is secondary to freedom.
</li>
<li> Everybody has written bad code at some point. Sharing it will
enable others to help you improving it. </li>
</ul>
</li>
</ul>
<h2 id="Contact">Contact</h2>
<p>
If you want to stay informed or like to work with others on a free
Android system, you can <strong><a
href="https://lists.fsfe.org/mailman/listinfo/android">subscribe to the
mailing list</a></strong>. You can also ask questions or give input by
writing to <a
href="mailto:android@lists.fsfe.org">android&#64;lists.fsfe.org</a>.
For technical questions about apps, the <a
href="irc://irc.freenode.net/fdroid">F-Droid IRC channel</a> is a good
place to ask. For exchange about the lower layers of Android, the
<a href="irc://irc.freenode.net/replicant">Replicant</a> (<a href="https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=replicant">Webchat</a>) and <a
href="irc://irc.freenode.net/lineageos">LineageOS IRC channel</a> (<a href="https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=lineageos">Webchat</a>) is
more suitable. Everybody in this community is very friendly and loves
others to help, so don't be shy and get involved!
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