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Issue 41, August 2011
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Ogg supporters sent great emails to This American Life thanking them
for their show detailing the problems with software patents and asking
them to be part of the solution by using Ogg Vorbis instead of
patent-encumbered MP3. Find out more about our initial call to action,
read some of the letters people have been sending, and sign the
petition and make your voice heard!
Android's commercial success has brought with it an uptick of GPL
violation reports. In this news article, Brett Smith urges Android
vendors and developers of the Kernel Linux to make the switch go GPLv3
to take advantage of the improved termination agreements as it will
allow the free software community to "get both compliance and more
Richard Stallman published an article for The Guardian in which he
outlines the history, politics-behind, and dangers of the EU's Unitary
Software Freedom Day is right around the corner and there are events
all around the world this year! In Boston, we will be joining free
software activist and former FSF staffer, Deb Nicholson and
Boston-area free software communities for a hands-on and fun day of
activities and socializing.
SFD Events map:
Boston SFD event:
We here at GNU Press are proud to announce the release of the latest
version of our GNU Emacs Manual for GNU Emacs version 23.3. This
latest edition updates one our most popular reference manuals for the
current version of GNU Emacs. Much has been added since the previous
release, and the new manual features almost a hundred pages of
The Nook represents a real threat to users because of its invasive
DRM, close relationship with DRM champions Adobe, and because of its
use of the Android operating system -- which might lead many to think
the Nook is not defective by design. Read more about your alternatives
to using DRM-infected Android system and how you can take action, now!
The music streaming service Spotify uses Digital Restrictions
Management (DRM); we are asking you to join us in saying NO to
Spotify's invitations and to help us make our message clear by sending
letters to Spotify's CEO.
The Free Technology Academy (FTA) is a joint initiative from several
educational institutions in various countries. It aims to contribute
to a society that permits all users to study, participate and build
upon existing knowledge without restrictions. Some of the things being
taught this term include the relationship between free software and
free standards, and a focus on deployments of free software.
Remember: 30 FSF associate members can receive a discount on these
courses for each trimester, so sign-up now for the fall term!
The Nordic Free Software Award is given to people, projects or
organizations in the Nordic countries that have made a prominent
contribution to the advancement of free software.
The award will be announced during the FSCONS (Free Society Conference
and Nordic Summit) 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Nominations should be
made by email and the nomination period ends on October 22nd.
Richard Stallman gives talks all over the world to many different
kinds of groups, in a variety of venues, and in a few different
languages. See some of the photographs from events over the past
Rob Tiller (Red Hat) has posted an interesting article about three
mainstream articles (NPR, The Economist, Professor Mark Lemley)
discussing problems caused by software patents. We've put together a
nice summary of the article along with additional links.
"The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded GNU/Linux systems
administrator who enjoys learning and problem-solving. (S)he will be
familiar with the free software community and how it works, and will
be more interested in making a substantial contribution to software
freedom and having employment consistent with ethical ideals than
obtaining the highest salary."
Interested in applying or know someone else who you think should?
Each month, we feature an interesting resource, group, or project in-progress on the wiki. For this month, we are featuring the LibrePlanet Events Calendar. There were a number of free software events that landed on the calendar in August and even more are schedule for September. If you or any of your groups are hosting in event, please add it to the calendar.
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New GNU releases:
archimedes-1.0.0 gnupg-2.0.18 pem-0.7.9
bzr-2.4.0 gnutls-2.12.9 rcs-5.8
diffutils-3.1 gnutls-3.0.1 sipwitch-1.1.1
gama-1.11 gsrc-1.0.1 tramp-2.2.2
gdbm-1.9.1 icecat-6.0 wget-1.13.3
glpk-4.46 libiconv-1.14 xnee-3.10
gnuhealth.1.3.1 parallel-20110822 xorriso-1.1.4
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can use the url http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically
redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.
This month we welcome Adrienne Thompson as the maintainer of the new GNU
package c-graph, and Luis Falcon as the maintainer of the new package
Health. We also welcome Hartmut Rosch as the new maintainer of maverik,
and Julia Longtin as the new maintain of gift. Finally, we welcome
Micheal Harker as co-maintainer of gnatsweb, and Stefano Lattarini and
Jim Meyering as co-maintainers of Automake.
I'd like to specially mention the first release of GNU GSRC
http://www.gnu.org/software/gsrc/, providing a simple way to install
GNU packages from their original sources, entirely independent of any
distro packaging system.
Another special mention must go to the new package GNU Health
http://www.gnu.org/software/health, a large health and hospital
information system, which the United Nations Institute of Global Health
in Malaysia is starting to use throughout the region.
Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers and other assistance.
Please see http://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd
like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at
http://www.gnu.org/help/help.html. To submit new packages to GNU, see
As always, please feel free to write to me, email@example.com, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
2011-09-02 Event Por una sociedad digital libre, Neuquen, Argentina
2011-09-03 Event El movimiento del software libre, Neuquen, Argentina
2011-09-05 Event El software libre y tu libertad, Misiones Posadas, Argentina
2011-09-07 Event El movimiento del software libre, Ciudad de la Plata, Argentina
2011-09-09 Event Por una sociedad digital libre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2011-09-14 Event Mar del Plata, Argentina, Mar del Plata, Argentina
2011-09-02 LibreOffice Hackfest 2011, Munich, Germany
2011-09-17 Software Freedom Day, Events Around the World
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