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From June 24th
The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC)
has followed the US and India by releasing draft net neutrality
protections that would cover all countries in the EU. But they've left
huge holes allowing some instances of neutrality violations known as
zero-rating and traffic throttling. Thankfully, we have a chance to
fix this: BEREC has asked the public, along with industry leaders and
entrepreneurs, to give feedback on its draft rules.
From June 21st
For the last three years, we've surveyed attendees of the LibrePlanet
conference about their experience and applied that feedback to the
next conference. We'd like to share what we've learned from the
results of the past few surveys, and from the process of designing
From June 21st
The GNU Hackers' Meeting, August 18-20, 2016, is a friendly,
semi-formal forum to discuss technical, social, and organizational
issues concerning free software and GNU. This is a great opportunity
to meet GNU maintainers and active contributors.
From June 10th
If you did not know, built into all modern Intel-based platforms is a
small, low-power computer subsystem called the Intel Management Engine
(ME). It performs various tasks while the system is in sleep mode,
during the boot process, and also when your system is running. If you
had control over ME, then it would be a powerful subsystem that could
be used for security and administration of your device. Unfortunately,
From June 13th
We awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the TAZ 6, the
sixth model in the LulzBot TAZ line of 3D printers by Aleph Objects,
Inc., and their 10th product to be awarded RYF certification. The RYF
certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in
regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.
From June 16th
This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's
series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their
work. In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with
Brett Smith of dtrx, a tool for smartly extracting archives.
From June 15th
This is the first installment in the Free Software Foundation's
Licensing & Compliance Lab's series highlighting licensing resources.
From June 3rd
This release is a bug-fix release, containing fixes for regressions in
GCC 5.3 relative to previous releases of GCC.
From June 24th by Josh Aas, Internet Security Research Group
Let's Encrypt is a revolutionary project to improve security on the
Web by making HTTPS encryption easy to implement and free of
charge. An existing firm, Comodo Group, Inc., which provides HTTPS
certificates at a price, had initially sought a conflicting trademark for
the name "Let's Encrypt." They have since submitted Requests for Express
Abandonment for all three trademark registration applications in
question. Here is Let's Encrypt's post on the matter:
From June 16th by Jacobo Nájera and translated by Erin Gallagher
When Jacobo tried to install the operating system of his choice, he
found it wasn't possible because the computer had a broken Secure Boot
implementation. This feature requires that any operating system
installed on the computer must be authorized through digital
signatures issued by Microsoft. He tried to disable Secure Boot since
it prevented the installation of the operating system he wanted, but
his attempts to deactivate the feature were unsuccessful.
So he sought support from Enjambre Digital and Rancho Electrónico,
a hackerspace in Mexico City.
From June 9th by Software Freedom Law Centre of India
The report studies the implementation of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) in education and police departments in multiple
states in India and concludes that adoption of free software in
government entities can save thousands of crores of taxpayer money,
which could in turn be utilized for better essential services for all.
From June 8th by April
In 2013, through the Higher Education and Research Act, the French
parliament enacted legislation that for the first time gives priority
to free software. April took an important part in these debates and,
while the organization was very pleased by this favorable vote, it
stated that this was only a first step in a process that ought to be
generalized by true public policy in favor of free software.
From June 13th by the GNOME Foundation
The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Participation
for the Libre Application Summit — hosted by GNOME (LAS GNOME). The
conference will be held from September 19-23 in Portland, Oregon,
and brings together developers, entrepreneurs, and free software
enthusiasts for discussion and debate of the future of GNU/Linux apps.
From June 24th by the Free Software Foundation Europe
The European Commission is asking for public input regarding its plans
to renew the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). The EIF aims
to promote enhanced interoperability in the EU public sector. The
document, originally intended as a set of non-binding guidelines for
the EU public administration, is going through its third revision
since its initial adoption in 2004. The Free Software Foundation
Europe has prepared its comments for the draft of the revised
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