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From July 29th
We can't stop all the millions of people who are installing Windows 10
right now, but we can influence our friends and family to skip Windows
and join us in the free world. As you know, Windows 10 puts those that
use it under the thumb of Microsoft, while free software treats users
as equals and gives them control over their digital lives. Pledge to
help a friend switch to GNU/Linux
today. Refer them to our new
page for people who are considering making the switch away from
Windows, and if they're not quite ready
yet, show them these free software programs that work on
Windows. Here's our
list of endorsed GNU/Linux
when your friend is ready to choose a new operating system, and a list
of the laptops we have certified through our Respects Your Freedom
they are the type to build their own computer, refer them to
h-node, the community-maintained database of
computer components that work well with free software.
From July 23rd
As you may already know, this is the Free Software Foundation's
thirtieth year fighting for computer user freedom. It has been a great
year already, with our biggest LibrePlanet conference ever and an
article about GNU in the New Yorker. But what's a birthday without a
party? Join the Free Software Foundation and friends in Boston, MA,
USA on the evening of Saturday, October 3rd for our 30th Birthday
Party. We'll share hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and an address by FSF
founder and president Richard Stallman, as well as plenty of social
time for catching up with old friends and making new ones. Share your
FSF memories on social media, using the hashtag #FSF30.
From July 22nd
When we say people and groups lack integrity, we mean that they're
corrupt and deceitful. Similarly, when computer scientists say that a
file lacks integrity, they mean it's been corrupted: unintentionally
or maliciously modified. Apple's recent decision to impose Digital
Restrictions Management -- the favorite anti-feature of proprietary
format developers -- on many music fans lacked integrity, and took
away the files' integrity as well. You can visit
to learn more about Apple's digital shackles and take action.
From Chris Webber, July 21st
Recently, at OSCON, I attended the lightning talks (here called
"Ignite Talks"). The last talk of the night was titled "Why I don’t
use the GPL" by Shane Curcuru, VP of Brand Management at the Apache
Software Foundation". It was a harsh talk, and it needs a response...
So let me say it up front: my name is Christopher Allan Webber, and I
am pro-GPL and pro-copyleft.
Guest post from Ted Cox of SeaGL, from July 21st
The Seattle GNU/Linux Conference -- we like to call it SeaGL -- is the
Emerald City’s best grassroots technical conference for free and libre
software. The 3rd annual conference happens Friday, October 23 and
Saturday, October 24 at Seattle Central College, and it’s already
shaping up to be better than last year!
From Paul Kocialkowski, Replicant developer, July 20th
Our recent development effort has been focused on cleaning up the bits
and pieces laying around for Optimus Black support in U-Boot, now that
the merge window is open. A patch series was sent for review and
despite being incomplete as of now, it will serve as a solid base for
future additions. Some more work is indeed required to have all the
necessary features supported, but those patches will be written in a
non-upstreamable way for Replicant at first. The current status of
those dirty patches allows booting CyanogenMod without too much
trouble, except for the occasional random reboot and other oddities
that still have to be sorted out before it can seriously be used for
From Ole Tange, July 18th
I am the maintainer of a piece of free software called GNU
Parallel. Free software guarantees you access to the source code, but
I have been wondering how many actually read the source code.
To test this I put in a comment telling people to email me when they
read this. The comment was put in a section of the code that no one
would look to fix or improve the software -- so the source code
equivalent to a dusty corner.
From July 16th
The GNU project and the GCC developers are pleased to announce the
release of GCC 5.2. This release is a bug-fix release, containing
fixes for regressions in GCC 5.1 relative to previous releases of GCC.
From July 15th
The Free Software Foundation's Licensing and Compliance Lab, along
with the Software Freedom Conservancy, announced that, after two years
of negotiations, Canonical, Ltd. published an update to the licensing
terms of Ubuntu GNU/Linux. This update makes Canonical's policy
unequivocally comply with the terms of the GNU General Public License
(GPL) and other free software licenses. However, the FSF feels that
the policy remains problematic in ways that prevent us from endorsing
it as a model for others. We wish to thank FSF general counsel Eben
Moglen and everyone at the Software Freedom Law
Center for their pro bono legal counsel
and extensive participation in the conversations of the last two
From July 8th
In this edition of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free
software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works,we
interviewed Joël Krähemann, Maintainer of Advanced GTK+
Sequencer. Joël is an IT professional in Switzerland and works on
music for fun. Advanced GTK+ Sequencer (AGS) is a an audio processing
and composition tool.
From July 8th
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) added ProteanOS to its list of
recommended GNU/Linux distributions. ProteanOS is a new, small, and
fast distribution that primarily targets embedded devices, but is also
being designed to be part of the boot system of laptops and other
devices. The lead maintainer of ProteanOS is P. J. McDermott, who is
working closely with the Libreboot project and hopes to have ProteanOS
be part of the boot system of Libreboot-compatible devices.
From July 2nd
Campaign intern Adam Leibson taught GnuPG email encryption at PorcFest
in New Hampshire, and will incorporate the experience into new
teaching materials for the free software community.
From Jean Michel Sellier, July 2nd
Jean Michel Sellier is maintainer and developer of GNU archimedes and
nano-archimedes. He writes:
For the first time in human history, the development of a GNU package
(nano-archimedes) has given birth to a new formulation of quantum
mechanics, a profound result which promises to bring exciting insights
in physics and technology. This is the outcome of 10 years of
development which started from Archimedes and ended up with
nano-archimedes, two GNU packages which aim to simulate electron
transport in various technologically relevant situations. A link to
the new formulation follows.
From July 22nd
Join the FSF and friends every Friday — two hours earlier than
previous meetings — to help improve the Free Software Directory by
adding new entries and updating existing ones.
Join the FSF and friends this Friday, August 7 — at a new time — from
12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). We will be on IRC in the #fsf
channel on freenode. There are also weekly FSD Meetings pages that
everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each
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.
From April, July 31st
On Thursday June 25, 2015, the French Court of Cassation referred a
question on forced bundled selling of computers and software to the
Court of Justice of the European Union, for a preliminary ruling. The
court of Luxembourg will thus take a decision on this practice in the
next few weeks. April looks forward to this decision, which might
confirm the unfair nature of the requirement to buy software when
purchasing a computer on the consumer market.
From April, July 8th
On July 8, 2015 the European Parliament voted to recommend a (slightly
tweaked) version of ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement) in the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). April, who had
called for the rejection of ISDS, regrets that the European Parliament
once again fell prey to the vague promises of the European Commission,
and did not demand the deletion, once and for all, of the undemocratic
ISDS from the trade agreement.
From April, July 7th
The final draft version of the RGI (general interoperability
framework), still awaiting final validation, maintains ODF (Open
Document Format) as the recommended format for office documents within
French administrations, and criticizes the OOXML Microsoft
format. April thanks the DISIC (French Inter-ministerial IT
directorate) for not giving in to pressure and acting in the long-term
interest of all French citizens and their administrations.
From Free Software Magazine, June 4th
I have been watching the evolution of the Ubuntu Software Center for
quite a while now. I had doubts about its interface and its speed, but
I liked the fact that it offered an easy, down-to-earth interface that
allowed users to install software easily.
However, I have to say that the way the Ubuntu Software Center has
evolved is worrying me -- a lot.
I am not against the idea of selling software. What I am against, is
confusing proprietary software with non-proprietary software, and the
Ubuntu Software Center seems to be doing just that.
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 FSF30, which provides resources
for planning and promoting your own event celebrating the thirtieth
anniversary of the Free Software Foundation. Add your own ideas for
ways to celebrate, promote your event, and share images and memories
from the first thirty years of FSF!
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From July 27th
19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 21, 2015):
For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu
mailing list: http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.
To download: nearly all GNU software is available from
http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors from
http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html. You can use the url
http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a
(hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.
A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a
whole, 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
This month, we welcome Assaf Gordon as a new comaintainer of GNU
If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to
offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see
As always, please feel free to write to us at email@example.com
with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
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 no events scheduled 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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