FSF relaunches its free software directory
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced the relaunch of its Free Software Directory. Available at directory.fsf.org, the Directory was first launched almost ten years ago and has been one of the FSF's "most popular and important resources".
The new version of the site is based on MediaWiki, which also powers Wikipedia; it has been redesigned and includes a number of new features designed to turn it into "a more useful and current resource". John Sullivan, FSF Executive Director, said: "We wanted to update the technology we use for the site so that contributors can participate in examining and posting new entries, and users can more easily search them."
The site includes more than 6,500 free and open source software (FOSS) programs for users to download, run and share. According to the FSF, each entry in the Directory is individually checked and tested so that users can be assured that any program they find there "will be free software with free documentation and without proprietary software requirements".
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