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Issue 83, March 2015
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 86,362 other activists. That's 565 more than last month!
LibrePlanet is less than a month away, on March 21st and 22nd in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We're working hard to prepare the most memorable conference possible, along with our partners at MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB). More people are registering every day, and we'd love for you to be one of them!
Register now to join the free software community at LibrePlanet 2015.
If you register by Monday, March 9th, you'll be able to pick up a spiffy LibrePlanet 2015 t-shirt. Don't forget that FSF members get gratis admission—and help support free software year-round!
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From February 27th
Yesterday, reddit announced that they will be giving a donation of $82,765.95 to each of ten nonprofits. The process for determining who would receive the money was driven by voting among reddit community members over the last week. The FSF was selected as one of the 10! We were 8th on the list, just behind National Public Radio.
From February 27th
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has one particularly draconian measure criminalizing the circumvention of digital restrictions management (DRM). This section, which appears in law as 17 U.S.C §1201 states that "[n]o person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work". This facet of the law completely violates users' rights to their own devices, and their legitimate use rights to copyrighted works. The law further criminalizes the sharing of tools and information needed to circumvent these restrictions.
By FSF Europe, from February 24th
Document Freedom Day (#DFD2015) is a global campaign for document liberation, with grassroots events throughout the world taking place on March 25, 2015. LibrePlanet 2015 will feature a Document Freedom Day session, as well. Register your DFD event for 2015!
By FSF Europe, from February 18th
In order to push for a more enlightened policy approach to managing innovation and knowledge, FSFE has submitted a response to an EU consultation on patents and standards. This is the latest action in FSFE's ongoing work.
From February 13th
We have updated our list of Various Licenses and Comments about Them to include the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0) and the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-SA 4.0). Both of these licenses are free licenses for works of practical use besides software and documentation.
From February 12th
Each year, FSF Europe celebrates the free software commmunity through its #ilovefs campaign. This year, FSF encourages you to ask someone you like -- romantically or otherwise -- to be your cryptovalentine. If they say yes (yikes, nervous!) use the free program GnuPG to set up private and encrypted communication with them. If one or both of you is new to GnuPG, we recommend our beginner-friendly Email Self-Defense guide. Setting up encrypted communication is a quick activity you can do together whether you are across the room or across the world. And what better way to show love than help them defend their security, privacy and freedom?
From February 12th
We've just finished another round of updates to the Guide to DRM-free Living, with tons of new entries for publishers, artists, platforms, and other providers of digital media who distribute files free of Digital Restrictions Management. The guide now contains over 200 entries for places to get DRM-free ebooks, movies, and music.
From February 11th
This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works. In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with Rainey Reitman, Activism Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about their new EFF Alerts mobile app.
By April, from February 10th
The Call for papers is open for the Libre Software Meeting (Beauvais, France, July 2015). The deadline for submitting a talk is March 3rd, 2015. RMLL/LSM — "Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre"/"Libre Software Meeting" — are a series of non-profit lectures, workshops and panels on Libre Software, its uses and its cultural environment. They are organized yearly in a friendly atmosphere.
From February 6th
From February 3rd
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the addition of the Guix System Distribution to its list of recommended GNU/Linux distributions. The Guix System Distribution is a new and growing distro that currently ships with just over 1000 packages, already including almost all of the programs available from the GNU Project.
From January 29th
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the Libreboot X200 laptop. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy. This is the second Libreboot laptop from Gluglug (a project of Minifree, Ltd.) to achieve RYF certification, the first being the Libreboot X60 in December 2013. The Libreboot X200 offers many improvements over the Libreboot X60, including a faster CPU, faster graphics, 64-bit GNU/Linux support (on all models), support for more RAM, higher screen resolution, and more.
From February 24th
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 control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing. The Free Software Directory has been a great resource to software users over the past decade, but it needs your help staying up-to-date with new and exciting free software projects.
To help, join our weekly IRC meetings on Fridays. Meetings take place in the #fsf channel on irc.gnu.org, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone's welcome.
The next meeting is Friday, March 6th from 2pm to 5pm EDT (19:00 to 22:00 UTC). General details here:
After this meeting, you can check https://www.fsf.org/events to see the rest of this month's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.
Visit https://www.fsf.org/resources/jobs for job postings in the free software world. This month, SecureDrop is hiring a DevOps Engineer:
Creative Commons is hiring a developer:
The new "Décentralisé" research team at Inria Rennes (France) has several open positions for free software hackers interested in working on GNUnet and Taler:
Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful -- often one that could use your help.
For this month, we are highlighting the Software Freedom Activism Guide, which provides information about effective activism to advance software freedom. You are invited to adopt, spread and improve this important resource.
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at email@example.com.
19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 23, 2015):
For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.
To download: nearly all GNU software is available from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors from https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html. You can use the url https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.
This month, we welcome Mohammad Akhlaghi as the maintainer of his new package gnuastro (astronomy utilities), re-welcome Reuben Thomas as he returns as maintainer of zile, and Christian Grothoff as the author and maintainer of the new package taler, joining his many other packages.
A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html.
If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.
As always, please feel free to write to me, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
From February 15th
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 updates to the GDB code injection project, binutils, and GCC.
For event details, as well as to sign-up to be notified for future events in your area, please visit https://www.fsf.org/events.
So far, Richard Stallman has the following events this month:
We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, but we'd like to give special recognition to the folks who have donated $500 or more in the last month.
This month, a big Thank GNU to:
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