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Meeting every Friday: Help us update the Free Software Directory

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on Aug 20, 2021 12:56 PM

Volunteers are an essential part of the Free Software Foundation’s (FSF) work, and we’re so grateful for every minute that so many of you have put in to endorse and expand free software. If you’ve been looking for another opportunity to chip in, here’s an easy way to make a difference: every Friday, we host an IRC meeting to improve and add to the Free Software Directory!

The Free Software Directory is a catalog of free software online. Co-founded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the directory currently contains over 16,500 packages, and is in constant usage by visitors eager to discover free software, explore information about version control, documentation, and licensing, and to study trends in free software. So far this year, as of this writing, the Directory has welcomed 486,510 unique visitors, with an average of 69,501 each month!

You can help us do this crucial work to give people access to free software which has only free dependencies, and runs on a free operating system: join us on IRC in the #fsf channel on Libera.Chat to add new entries, update existing ones, and talk about free software. FSF staff and other volunteers are there to help you get started and learn how to do all this and more! Meetings are Friday at 12:00-15:00 EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC); to see the meeting start time in your time zone, run this in GNU bash: date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'.

If you can't wait or don't have the time to jump onto IRC on Friday afternoons, you can still help: check out the Free Software Directory Participation Guide for instructions.

No matter how you participate, improving the Free Software Directory is an easy, nuts-and-bolts way to make a contribution to the free software movement, bringing us a tinier step every day to a truly free society. We look forward to seeing you on IRC!

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