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Welcome to WikiProject Free Software, a subdivision of WikiProject Software. WikiProject Free Software is a separate workgroup of WikiProject Software devoted to the improvement and creation of articles pertinent to free (as in freedom) software. WikiProject Free Software is intended to improve and maintain free software articles, bring such articles to good or featured article state, and to create new free software articles. The scope of this project extends to:

Always remember to follow Wikipedia conventions, and to be bold.

Related projects are WikiProject Linux and WikiProject Computing.

Article rating statistics[edit]


To edit ratings for articles tagged {{WikiProject Free Software}}, just add |class=|importance= inside the {{}} symbols, i.e. {{WikiProject Free Software|class=|importance=}}. The tag does not do this automatically, so by adding this you can rate the article.

Free software articles by quality log

What to do[edit]

See also: § TODOs

Here are some tasks that have to be done constantly or to almost every article. Further down the page you'll find TODO lists with one-off tasks that need to be done.

Verifying the bare minimum[edit]

Each article about a free software project should:

  1. Link to {{Portal|Free software}}, usually in the "See also" section.
  2. Mention that it is free software.
  3. Say which free software licence(s) is (are) used by the project.
  4. Provide a link to the projects licence for confirmation (probably best done as a reference for the sentence about which free software licence the project uses).
  5. Add a {{fact}} tag to any unverified statements.

Adding references[edit]

If you want to use an external webpage as a reference for a statement, the best way to do this is with a "{{cite web}}" template inside <ref> tags. The "cite web" template can take many optional fields, but "title" and "url" are mandatory. So here's a minimal reference:

The GNU project was launched in 1983.<ref>{{cite web
|url=http://www.gnu.org/gnu/initial-announcement.html
|title=GNU Initial Announcement
|}}</ref>

Or if the information isn't so obvious in the linked document, or if you can give more information, you can use some of the additional tags:

<ref>{{cite web
|title = POSIX® 1003.1 FAQ Version 1.12
|url = http://www.opengroup.org/austin/papers/posix_faq.html
|quote = The name POSIX was suggested by Richard Stallman.
|date = 2006-02-02
|accessdate = 2006-07-16
|}}</ref>


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After you sign up, please get active on this page and/or on the Talk page. You may want to add some of the below todo lists to your watch list.

Templates[edit]

Articles[edit]

To tag an article as a WPFS article, please add {{WikiProject Free Software|class=|importance=|software-importance=|computing-importance=}} to the top of the talk page, which yields:

WikiProject Free Software / Software / Computing   
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject Free Software, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of free software on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
 ???  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
Taskforce icon
This page is supported by WikiProject Software.
Taskforce icon
This page is supported by WikiProject Computing.
 

This also adds it to Category:WikiProject Free Software articles.

Userbox[edit]

The WPFS userbox is transcluded by using {{User WPFS}}, which yields:

FO
SS
This user is a member of WikiProject Free Software.


Assessment[edit]

The Assessment department will focus on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's Free Software related articles. This will aid us in recognising excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

Assessment should be conducted following these guidelines.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Stub, Start, and B class assessments can be made by every editor (although it is generally regarded good behaviour not to assess an article in which you have had a major influence yourself)
A class assessment is made within this project
Good Article and Feature Article assessments require formal review procedures outside of this project.

Project selected article[edit]

When enough members have been gathered, weekly votes will be taken to determine a high-quality article to be placed here in a similar manner to the standard FA.

WikiProject Free Software articles[edit]

TODOs[edit]

TODO items specific to the WikiProject[edit]

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Software/Free Software:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Other: *Recruit Wikipedians to the project and try Wikipedia:WikiProject Linux to join us.
    • Complete the above goals, and the tasks on the to-do list.
    • Tag articles as WikiProject Free Software articles.
    • Create appropriate templates for the project, and free software in general.
    • Nominate an article for improvement on the talk page.


Free software articles TODO[edit]

Please consider adding this box to your Watchlist (click here).

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Specific tasks

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If you would like to help, here are some suggestions for things to do. The date in parenthesis is the date on which the task was added.

  1. (2014-02-14) The The Geochemist's Workbench article is trying to become a comparison of geochemical modelling programs -- none of the free ones have more than a link.
  2. (2012-03-12) The Comparison of video converters article needs to be expanded. See: Category:Free video conversion software.
  3. (2011-12-26) Please comment on essay on reliable sources for software articles.
  4. (2010-02-26) The articles Dwm, Qvwm, Wmii, Evilwm are nominated for deletion by one user. Need your opinion.
  5. (2008-10-29) The Comparison of 3D computer graphics software article needs to be heavily expanded.
  6. (2008-09-26) The OJS article needs significant cleanup, and reads like an advertisement.
  7. (2008-03-19) The article Hacker (programmer subculture) has some sections which should be rewritten with a more "detached" style, and needs more references.
  8. (2007-10-28) The timeline of FSF's and Debian's free software definitions needs to be constructed (see Talk:The Free Software Definition#Timeline: FSD and DFSG)
  9. (2007-09-18) The European Union v. Microsoft (the anti-trust case) article needs to add mentions of FSFE, free software, and Samba.
  10. (2007-09-17) The GNU Compiler Collection article contains no information about how fast/slow or big/small the outputted programs are.
  11. (2007-08-13) GPL linking exception - this article isn't yet linked to by the articles about projects that use this exception, and the article itself contains quite a few tags complaining about original research or mistakes. Care sought.
  12. (2007-05-14) The GNU/Linux naming controversy, Emacs, Common Unix Printing System, Ubuntu (operating system) and PaX articles were formerly featured articles, but have since had that status revoked. Maybe it would be easy to get them back up to Featured Article quality.
  13. (2007-04-13) The Player Project needs expansion, particularly someone with knowledge of the project to write about its history, goals, features without turning it back into an advert.
  14. (2007-04-11) The dual-licensing article needs some clean-up (this is half-done now)
  15. (2007-03-22) The Openmoko article is quite weak for such an interesting free software topic. Help sought.
  16. (2007-03-03) Patents and free software is a consolidation of previous stubs - it's new, so it needs some help and some review
  17. (2007-02-07) The History of free software article is new and seeks contributions, particularly if you have links to essays by old-times for info about free software in the 80s and 70s, as well as 90s and 60s.
  18. (2007-01-24) Some cleanup, and some aggregation, and probably some merging, is needed for Autotools, GNU build system, and GNU toolchain
  19. (2006-12-18) Add a section on how to contribute to the opensource community. This should cover how to create a program from existing technologies, languages and other opensource programs, how to fix a bug, write documentation, etc.
  20. (2006-10-10) Many articles containing phrases such as "free software licence" or "free software community", when it is usually better to link to "free software licence" and "free software community" instead of the main free software article.
  21. (2006-09-18) Free software should be mentioned in Software engineering
  22. (2006-09-13) Free software community needs more work
  23. (2006-08-25) For each article about a free software package, there should be a link to the licence information.
  24. (2006-08-22) The Category:Free software companies category is new and could use some help. Category:Copyleft licensing needs help too, as does Category:Emacs users.
  25. (2006-06-15) add {{Free-software-stub}} to free software related articles which are stubs
  26. (2006-06-06) Work is being done to create useful sub-categories in Category:Free software. This requires help to move articles from Category:free software into the sub-categories.
  27. (2006-04-12) Add the {{Portal|Free software}} tag to articles about, or related to, free software.
  28. (2005-12-30) The Copyleft article contains information duplicated elsewhere, a review would be good

Stub and short articles[edit]

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General tasks

The following articles are not yet started. If you are only able to write a stub, please add the {{free-software-stub}} tag.

Open Usability e.V. | Verein zur Förderung Freier Informationen und Software | Verein zur Förderung Freier Software | Wilhelm Tux | iPKG | Organisation of Free Software in Education and Teaching


Exquisite-kfind.png On Wikipedia, "stubs" are articles that someone has started, but need help in their expansion. Free software related stubs can be found in Category:Free software stubs. There you will find free software articles-in-need.

Here are some specific articles that have been highlighted by contributors to this portal: Association For Free Software | Associazione Software Libero | Associação Nacional para o Software Livre | Beamer (LaTeX) | BKchem | DSPAM | Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit | Collaborative software development model | Free Software Directory | Free Software Foundation Latin America | Free software movement | Fundación Vía Libre | Gnash | GNU Oleo | Loïc Dachary | lsh | Ricardo Galli | Sourcefire, Inc | Stet | theKompany | W3C Software Notice and License | ExifTool


External links[edit]