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Please read these usage terms carefully. If you don't follow them, we will not accept your project; if we don't have enough information determine whether your project follows these terms, we will have to ask you to register the project again with more details. Once your project is accepted, you are expected to continue following these terms.

Our intent is to provide a permanent home for all versions of your project. We do reserve the right, however, to discontinue hosting a project.

Use of Project Account

The space given to you on this server is given for the expressed purpose of advancing free software that can run in free operating systems, documenting that kind of software or creating free educational textbooks. Using it to host or advertise non-free software is considered harmful to free software. For more information, please read the Philosophy of the GNU Project.

No dependencies on non-free software

To be hosted on Savannah, your project must be free software, and it must be kept independent of any non-free software. The package must not refer the user to any non-free software; in particular, it must not automatically download or install any non-free software.

The program should deliver its full functionality and convenience on a completely free platform based on a free operating system, such as GNU/Linux, working entirely with other free software. Otherwise it would be an inducement to install non-free operating systems or other non-free software.

It is ok for the program to run on non-free platforms or non-free operating systems, and to work with well-known non-free applications, in addition to working with free software, provided it gives the free software at least as good support as it gives to other alternatives. In other words, at no time, in no way, should your program put free software users at a disadvantage compared to those willing to use proprietary software.

Regarding Android phones

Provided Savannah's maintainers have the capacity, projects running on Replicant may be hosted on Savannah. Projects having dependencies on non-free software, such as proprietary software drivers or AndroidOS, are not permissible.

No non-free formats

Using a format such as Flash, RealPlayer and Quicktime, that can only be created or played using non-free software is, in effect, to recommend use of that non-free player software. When the free software alternative is not as good as the proprietary one, using such a format is also implicitely recommending the non-free solution. Therefore, your package shouldn't contain or recommend materials in these non-free formats.

Advertisements

In general, you may not advertise anything commercial on a site hosted here. However, as exceptions, you can point people to commercial support offerings for your free software project, and you can mention fan items about your free software project that you sell directly to the users.

Speaking about free software

Savannah is a free software hosting site: we host projects such as yours for the sake of the ideals of freedom and community that the free software movement stands for. We offer Savannah hosting to free software packages, as free software packages; therefore, please describe your package clearly as a free software package. Please label it as "free software" rather than as "open source".

Savannah is part of the GNU Project, developer of the free software operating system GNU. The GNU/Linux system (GNU with Linux as the kernel) runs Savannah now. While using our hosting services, please acknowledge our work, by referring to this system as "GNU/Linux", not as just "Linux", when you mention it in connection with this package.

If you'd like to help correct other confusions, you can find some suggestions in http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html.

Project naming

Project identifiers should be reasonably descriptive, rather than terse abbreviations or confusingly general. If this appears to be an issue, we will discuss it with you.

Free software licenses

You will be presented with a choice of free software licenses for your project. For hosting on Savannah, you must use one of these licenses, which give the freedom to anyone to use, study, copy, and distribute the source code and distribute modified versions of it. You will remain the copyright holder of whatever you create for your project.

For manuals, we allow only GNU FDL version X or later, where X is the latest released version of the FDL, or other licensing which is compatible with that.

If you need to use another license that is not listed, let us know and we will review these requests on a case-by-case basis. Software licenses must be GPL-compatible.

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