Free System Distribution Checklist

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Below is a checklist of practical steps you can take to see whether or not a particular distribution complies with the Free System Distribution Guidelines.

This list is inherently imperfect. Much like there's too much software in a modern distribution to expect developers to audit it all, the guidelines cover too many issues for any of us to check them all. This list suggests practical checks for common issues that prevent a distribution from complying with the guidelines. If you find something that might be an uncommon issue, don't hesitate to investigate it further.

We will add checks to this list as we discover new issues and ways to catch them. Feel free to make your own suggestions here, on the discussion page, or on the gnu-linux-libre mailing list.


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This page was a featured resource in June 2011.

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