We have been a bit quiet recently on some fronts, like this blog and on
merge requests to review. We strive to keep our users informed, and we
always appreciate contributions, even when we cannot immediately review
them. F-Droid started in 2010, so we have some technical debt and cannot
always move fast. We appreciate patience when contributing. The good news
is that this is because we are really quite busy with a whole slew of large
improvements that all seemed to happen at the same time. So here is a quick
You might have noticed that this website sometimes ran really slowly. We
have been working to improve that. Since we rolled out the new front
facing web servers, we have seen a large improvement there. And now we
get better data about network usage and server state which means that we
can more effectively troubleshoot and optimize going forward.
We’re wrapping up a major
overhaul of the
official F-Droid client app (thanks to FFDW funding), including a
security audit (thanks to
NLnet funding). This
replaces huge chunks of technical debt, fixes many bugs, adds a
comprehensive test suite, and should make it much easier for contributors
to follow the code.
There are new contributor buildserver instances for testing app builds
on the production setup. This has sped up the app review process,
especially for key apps that are complicated to build, like Element or Jitsi Meet. These instances also let us do regular,
repo-wide scans to find any non-free
have might have snuck in.
After using the Ansible automation for contributor buildserver
instances, this setup is now proven, and we are now switching the
production setup to use it. That means anyone can inspect and recreate
the production setup with relative ease.
We are setting up new hardware for the production buildserver to enable
parallelizing the build
We are finalizing our new legal entity with its own board of directors.
Setting up more F-Droid core contributors to get paid to work on F-Droid.
And that is just a sample of what all is going on. F-Droid can move faster
with more contributions, and we want your contributions! It can be anything
reviews, diving in
and donations to enable more people to spend more time to making F-Droid better.