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From July 31st
Are you in search of an easy way to explain to others what free
software is and why it matters? Or are you perhaps wondering why you
yourself should be concerned about computer-user freedom? If your
answer is yes, then this TEDx talk by RMS is what you're looking for!
From August 20th
GNU community members and collaborators have discovered threatening
details about a five-country government surveillance program codenamed
HACIENDA. The good news? Those same hackers have already worked out a
free software countermeasure to thwart the program.
From August 21st
Every three years, the Library of Congress is charged with carving out
exemptions from the DMCA's (Digital Millenium Copyright Act)
anti-circumvention provisions. While the current law allows users to
have someone unlock their phone for them, it does not permit so-called
"bulk unlocking," where someone buys multiple phones and unlocks them
for resale. And it doesn't address the root issue, which is that users
must be able to fully modify all the software on any of their phones
From August 27th
FSF executive director John Sullivan spoke at this year's FOSDEM, a
volunteer-organized conference held in Belgium that highlights the
development of free software.
From August 4th
With the launch of the Libreboot project, users now have an
easy-to-install, 100% free software replacement for proprietary
From July 31st
FSF campaigns manager Zak Rogoff reports on his attendence at
CommonBound, a Boston conference for those working towards a more
equitable and sustainable economy.
From August 5th
Micah-Shalom Kesselman recently started working at the FSF as one of
this summer's licensing interns. In this post, he writes about his
interest in free software and what his goals are for his internship.
From August 8th
Equipped with free GNU Radio software, a group of citizen scientists
has contacted, controlled, and is attempting to recapture a 1970s-era
satellite and bring it back into an orbit close to Earth.
From August 1st
By Chris Webber, from August 26th
The GNU MediaGoblin project has released version 0.7.0 of their media
management software. The release features preliminary federation and a
From August 29th
Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to
discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth
of useful information, from basic category and descriptions to version
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the rest of September's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.
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For this month, we are highlighting our Laptops Comparison page, which
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This month, we welcome Raman Gopalan as a new co-maintainer of GNU
gengen (with its author Lorenzo Bettini), Marcel Schaible as the new
maintainer of GNU gperf, and Sergey Poznyakoff adds yet another new
package, direvent, to his long list. I'd also like to specially thank
Assaf Gordon (the author and maintainer of GNU datamash, new last month)
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From August 24th
The GNU toolchain refers to the part of the GNU system which is used
for building programs. These components of GNU are together often on
other systems and for compiling programs for other platforms.
This month features improvements to GCC.
For event details, as well as to sign-up to be notified for future
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So far, Richard Stallman has the following events in September:
Sep 14, 2014, Turin, Italy, "Richard Stallman to speak in Turin,
Sep 27, 2014, 10:30 AM to 01:30 PM, Trapani, Italy, "Free
software and your
Sep 15 - 19, 2014, Washington, DC, "GNU Radio
Sep 20, 2014, Cambridge, MA, "FSF Web Developer Dave Thompson to
speak at Software Freedom Day
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