Repository Ethics

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GNU and the FSF developed the Ethical Repository Criteria to judge services for hosting parts of the GNU operating system, but we recommend them to everyone that wants to use a service for publicly hosting free source code (and optionally executable programs too). The criteria emphasize protection of privacy, functionality without nonfree JavaScript, compatibility with copyleft licensing and philosophy, and not rejecting any users.

GNU also maintains evaluations of code-hosting sites by the standards of these criteria. If you'd like to help us evaluate more sites or update existing evaluations as sites improve (or worsen) their scores, join the repo-criteria-discuss mailing list.

TODO: convert this to a formal group page, analogous to Group:FreedSoftware

List of services that have been suggested for evaluation

This is a public list -- feel free to add suggestions. Please use the discussion list for commentary on list items.

  • GitCafe. Suggested by Richard Stallman. He knows a founder of the service.
  • Suggested by Richard Stallman.
  • Launchpad
  • Developers have expressed interest in being evaluated (
  • Bitbucket
  • Google Play Store (this should be very easy to score. It's important because the ethics scores would add weight to the mission of moving developers off Google's proprietary platform onto F-Droid). Social media users need to be able to say to an app creator "why is your app only available in a grade F repository?"
  • F-Droid

This page was a featured resource in August 2016.