F-Droid – Free and Open Source Android App Repository

SCIENCE
F-Droid is an alternative app store for Android devices that contains exclusively Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS). Every program description includes a clear description of the license terms and links to the program source code. When available, there are also links to the upstream issue tracker for reporting bugs in the program directly to the software maintainers. If a program contains anti-features that product sellers charge users to disable, like user tracking, advertising, or the use of non-free network services, these will be flagged prominently in program descriptions. In addition to accessing the F-Droid store over the internet, F-Droid users may also share programs with each other in peer-to-peer fashion over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Android Beam. F-Droid has been recommended by the Free Software Foundation Europe and the GNU Project, a crowd-sourced effort focused on developing free software. The Docs section of the F-Droid website is a helpful place for prospective users to begin, with a Getting Started section with several FAQs and a step-by-step tutorial demonstrating how to use the program. [CRH]

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