new replicant blog post about FDroid

Samir Faci (Dev) dev at
Wed Dec 15 21:34:10 UTC 2010

Well, I don't think there's any way of really ensuring that an app
doesn't do something malicious.  Though the application
is open source, so in theory you can run some basic heuristic/sanity
checks to ensure that its not calling home or such.

That should be somewhat doable at least if you limit it to java code.
Though I would think user feedback in general would
provide a good indication of how good or bad an application is.

You also have pr-established precedence.  Applications are released
from a particular author / company.. eventually the author/
publisher earns a bad reputation... just like on your standard
computer there's application you trust from names your recognize,
while a nifty 3rd party app, you might have a closer look at.

just my 2 cents.

On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:38 PM, silvio pelvico
<urodelomutante at> wrote:
> Hello everybody.
> Nice idea the one of the repo. I'm interested in the procedure for adding the apps too, I was going to ask about it when I've red the answer. Anyway I have some more questions. First, about nasty apps doing something hidden, what I know is that when you install an app, usually you can see which kind of permission it requires, but if it just asks to use network, how can I know if it will do anything dirty? :-P Or is it there a permission blacklist to look at?
> Second question is: I own a Freerunner with android cupcacke (for the moment), then the apps I have are tested just on android on freerunner 1.5: following the previous rules, are als apps for that version elegible to be included in the repo?
> Thank you
> urodelo
> --- On Tue, 12/14/10, Ciaran Gultnieks <ciaran at> wrote:
>> From: Ciaran Gultnieks <ciaran at>
>> Subject: Re: new replicant blog post about FDroid
>> To: "Samir Faci (Dev)" <dev at>
>> Cc: replicant at
>> Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 9:28 PM
>> On 13/12/10 14:51, Samir Faci (Dev)
>> wrote:
>> > Just out of curiosity...   what's the
>> process to add an application to
>> > the FDroid market?
>> >
>> You can submit suggestions here:
>> Worth checking if it's already in there first though, since
>> most
>> submissions are:
>> Note the criteria for inclusion - obviously it must be
>> FOSS, but also
>> "Software that reports user activity without permission
>> (e.g. via Google
>> Analytics) or tracks user behaviour (e.g. most advertising
>> platforms) is
>> specifically excluded from FDroid’s own repository, as is
>> software with
>> the primary purpose of interacting with a non-Free network
>> service. "
>> As and when Replicant has it's own repository, the criteria
>> may be
>> different from these.
>> Regards,
>> Ciaran
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