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  4. <title>Contribute! - Free Your Android! - FSFE</title>
  5. <meta content="Encourage android freedom and Free Software app development: contribute to free as in freedom." name="description" />
  6. <meta content="android smart phone operating system drivers apps Replicant OS LineageOS F-Droid FoeBuD e.V. fsf ansol free software phone mobile phone open source GTA04 Maemo/MeeGo Mer Tizen Carrier IQ spying spy analytics" />
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  8. <body>
  9. <p id="category"><a href="/campaigns/android/android.html">Free Your Android</a></p>
  10. <h1>Contribute and Help Others!</h1>
  11. <div id="introduction">
  12. <div class="image" id="hello-free-droid">
  13. <img src="/campaigns/android/robot.png" alt="Liberated Android Robot" />
  14. </div>
  15. <p>
  16. Help us to encourage people to liberate their devices and convince app
  17. developers to release their app as Free Software.
  18. The various Free Software initiatives also need help
  19. and we need to ensure that they stay free as in freedom.
  20. If you just want to spread the word about this campaign,
  21. there is <a href="/campaigns/android/artwork.html">promotion material</a>
  22. available for download, translation and ordering.
  23. </p>
  24. </div>
  25. <h2 id="OS">Operating Systems</h2>
  26. <p>
  27. The Replicant initiative is in urgent need of help.
  28. It lists <a href="http://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/wiki/Tasks">many ways to help out</a> on its homepage.
  29. </p>
  30. <p>
  31. Even though other versions of Android are all based on Free Software,
  32. sometimes non-free applications are added to these ROMs.
  33. If you know about non-free software added to LineageOS or other versions of Android,
  34. please <a href="mailto:android@lists.fsfe.org">let us know</a> about it!
  35. We collect <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Android#Non-Free_Parts">current information</a> in the wiki.
  36. </p>
  37. <h2 id="Apps">Apps and F-Droid</h2>
  38. <p>
  39. The F-Droid initiative <a href="http://f-droid.org/contribute/">lists many ways to contribute</a>.
  40. Have a look!
  41. Maybe there is something that you can do easily.
  42. </p>
  43. <h3>Adding Apps Yourself</h3>
  44. <p>
  45. You are encouraged to add applications to F-Droid yourself.
  46. A <a href="http://f-droid.org/docs/">manual is provided</a> to help you.
  47. There is a long queue
  48. of <a
  49. href="https://gitlab.com/fdroid/rfp/issues">applications
  50. that wait to be added</a>.
  51. Adding them works by filling a simple recipe file which controls how a package
  52. is built from source. If you like to add apps yourself, you should read
  53. about <a
  54. href="https://f-droid.org/docs/Submitting_to_F-Droid_Quick_Start_Guide/">how F-Droid
  55. works with git</a> and <a
  56. href="https://f-droid.org/docs/Build_Metadata_Reference/">how
  57. to create these so called metadata files</a>.
  58. </p>
  59. <h3 id="FreeingApps">Freeing Non-Free Apps</h3>
  60. <p>
  61. Unfortunately, there are still some applications that do not have a free
  62. alternative. To use the proprietary app is a bad idea; it takes away
  63. your freedom. Even if you don't
  64. know how to program, you can <a
  65. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Advocacy/ConvinceYourFriends">contact</a> the authors
  66. of crucial apps and ask
  67. them politely for their reasons for not publishing their app as Free
  68. Software. Many apps are available without payments, so money is not
  69. always the dominating reason. Sometimes one email can make a difference
  70. and there have already been successful attempts: The Chess
  71. Walk app for example is now <a
  72. href="https://f-droid.org/packages/cz.hejl.chesswalk/">liberated</a>.
  73. </p>
  74. <h4>Apps That Still Need To Be Liberated</h4>
  75. <p>
  76. We collect apps that have no free counterpart, but are important to have
  77. on a free system <a
  78. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/Android#Apps_That_Still_Need_To_Be_Liberated">in
  79. our wiki</a>. Please add other essential apps there. People can <a
  80. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Advocacy/ConvinceYourFriends">contact the authors</a>
  81. of those apps and ask them why they are not Free Software.
  82. </p>
  83. <h4>Responses to Objections We've Heard from App Developers</h4>
  84. <p>
  85. Only when we understand the motivation of programmers who keep their
  86. apps proprietary, we know what needs to be changed in order to change
  87. their minds and to convince them of liberating their own app. Please <a
  88. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/Android#Responses_to_Objections_We.27ve_Heard_from_App_Developers">contribute
  89. your experiences</a> with developers of non-free apps here and share
  90. useful responses to their objections.
  91. </p>
  92. <ul>
  93. <li>
  94. <strong>Objection:</strong> If I publish my app as Free Software, I
  95. will not be able to make money with it.
  96. <ul>
  97. <li> You can still offer your app in other markets and ask for money
  98. there. </li>
  99. <li> Offer options for people to donate. Free markets
  100. like F-Droid can include them and their users like to reward.
  101. Depending on your case, you might make more money with donations
  102. than from sales. </li>
  103. </ul>
  104. </li>
  105. <li>
  106. <strong>Objection:</strong> But when my app is Free Software other
  107. people can distribute it without me getting profit.
  108. <ul>
  109. <li> That is true, but keep in mind that people who don't want to
  110. pay you will always find ways to do so. </li>
  111. <li> If you ask people
  112. in a friendly non-obtrusive way and give them good reasons, they
  113. will give you money. </li>
  114. <li> If you publish your app under a copyleft license like the
  115. <a href="https://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU GPL</a>,
  116. then you are guaranteed that other people cannot distribute it without
  117. distributing the source code as well. Otherwise it is copyright
  118. infringement and you can contact the app store operator to take it
  119. down. </li>
  120. <li> You could tell people that in order to recognize and support your work,
  121. they should buy your application and not the other copies
  122. that might be distributed by other people. </li>
  123. </ul>
  124. </li>
  125. <li>
  126. <strong>Objection:</strong> I'm embarrassed by my bad code and don't
  127. want anybody to see it.
  128. <ul>
  129. <li> Your code is very useful to many people, and it works. Of course
  130. good code would be better, but code quality is secondary to freedom.
  131. </li>
  132. <li> Everybody has written bad code at some point. Sharing it will
  133. enable others to help you improving it. </li>
  134. </ul>
  135. </li>
  136. </ul>
  137. <h2 id="Contact">Contact</h2>
  138. <p>
  139. If you want to stay informed or like to work with others on a free
  140. Android system, you can <strong><a
  141. href="https://lists.fsfe.org/mailman/listinfo/android">subscribe to the
  142. mailing list</a></strong>. You can also ask questions or give input by
  143. writing to <a
  144. href="mailto:android@lists.fsfe.org">android&#64;lists.fsfe.org</a>.
  145. For technical questions about apps, the <a
  146. href="irc://irc.freenode.net/fdroid">F-Droid IRC channel</a> is a good
  147. place to ask. For exchange about the lower layers of Android, the
  148. <a href="irc://irc.freenode.net/replicant">Replicant</a> (<a href="https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=replicant">Webchat</a>) and <a
  149. href="irc://irc.freenode.net/lineageos">LineageOS IRC channel</a> (<a href="https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=lineageos">Webchat</a>) is
  150. more suitable. Everybody in this community is very friendly and loves
  151. others to help, so don't be shy and get involved!
  152. </p>
  153. </body>
  154. <timestamp>$Date: 2012-02-17 15:16:09 +0100 (ven. 17 févr. 2012) $ $Author: hugo $</timestamp>
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