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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Winter fundraiser: thank you for powering up the free software movement!
- Richard Stallman on why you should join the FSF
- FSF adds PureOS to list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions
- Team Internet is far from done: what's next for net neutrality and how you can help
- FSF signs onto Public Knowledge letter on behalf of New York City requesting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) delay net neutrality vote
- Comments submitted in the fight against DMCA anti-circumvention rules
- The latest abuse by Apple: Deliberately slowing iPhone performance
- The FSF tech team needs Spring 2018 interns! Apply by January 19, 2018
- RMS article -- For clarity's sake, please don't say "licensed under GNU GPL 2"!
- RMS, November 2017: Photos from Sacramento, Innsbruck
- Why free software is important in the modern tech era
- Widening the availability of health care with free software
- "Wreaking Havoc" -- Hewlett-Packard installs system-slowing spyware on its PCs without consent
- Artifex and Hancom reach settlement over Ghostscript dispute
- GNU Guix and GuixSD 0.14.0 released
- Don't feed them after midnight: Reverse-engineering the Furby Connect
- December Free Software Directory meeting recap
- Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
- LibrePlanet featured resource: Code of Conduct
- GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: 19 new GNU releases!
- Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
- Thank GNUs!
- GNU copyright contributions
- Take action with the FSF!
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Winter fundraiser: thank you for powering up the free software movement!
We're touched and grateful that our supporters blasted through our
fundraising goal of $450,000 by December 31. Every dollar counts to
ensure that the FSF can protect your rights in the year ahead, and
we're starting 2018 in excellent shape.
Richard Stallman on why you should join the FSF
From December 29
There are many organizations that usefully promote free software, but
no other organization we know of stands for software freedom as firmly
as the Free Software Foundation. If freedom in your computing is
important to you, please join the Free Software Foundation.
FSF adds PureOS to list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions
From December 21
The FSF's list showcases GNU/Linux operating system distributions
whose developers have made a commitment to follow its Guidelines for
Free System Distributions. Each one includes and endorses exclusively
free "as in freedom" software. After extensive evaluation and many
iterations, the FSF concluded that PureOS, a modern and user-friendly
Debian-derived distribution, meets these criteria.
Team Internet is far from done: what's next for net neutrality and how you can help
From December 15 by Elliott Harmon and Corynne McSherry
Defying the facts, the law, and the will of millions of Americans, the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to repeal net
neutrality protections. It's difficult to understate how radical the
FCC's decision was. The Internet has operated under formal and
informal net neutrality principles for years. For the first time, the
FCC has not only abdicated its role in enforcing those principles, it
has rejected them altogether. Here's the good news: the fight is far
from over, and Team Internet has plenty of paths forward.
FSF signs onto Public Knowledge letter on behalf of New York City requesting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) delay net neutrality vote
From December 4 by Public Knowledge
Just prior to the FCC vote on net neutraility, the FSF signed onto a
letter on behalf of the City of New York, in which Public Knowledge,
consumer advocacy organizations, digital divide advocacy
organizations, rural advocacy organizations, and local governments
strongly urged that they delay a vote on the draft "Restoring Internet
Freedom" Order until resolution of the pending en banc review in FTC
v. AT&T Mobility.
Comments submitted in the fight against DMCA anti-circumvention rules
From December 8
In the fight against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is public enemy number one,
due to its anti-circumvention provisions. These provisions create
legal penalties for trying to take back control from the DRM on your
own software, music, movies, and devices. We submitted comments in
support of every new proposed exemption to the DMCA anti-circumvention
provisions, and urged supporters to lend their voices to the chorus.
The latest abuse by Apple: Deliberately slowing iPhone performance
From December 22
Surprise, surprise, Apple has done it again: controlling iPhones,
fundamentally changing the way they work, and further eroding user
control. In December, Primate Lab's founder, John Poole, reported an
unprecedented degradation in older iPhones' performance. Originally
attributed to the age of these phones' batteries, it is now clear that
Apple intentionally added an anti-feature in its newest update: iOS
now throttles phones when there is exceptional performance demand.
The FSF tech team needs Spring 2018 interns! Apply by January 19, 2018
From December 27
We're looking for interns to work with our tech team, who are
interested in advancing their skill in system administration,
programming, security auditing, software stack research, and other
technical domains this spring. To apply, send a letter of interest and
resume with two references by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RMS article -- For clarity's sake, please don't say "licensed under GNU GPL 2"!
From December 21
In this article, Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman
(RMS) explains how to properly identify what GNU license your work is
under. It is vitally important that developers indicate in their
license notices whether they are licensing their work under that
version "only" or under "any later version."
RMS, November 2017: Photos from Sacramento, Innsbruck
From December 26
RMS was in Sacramento, California, on November 15th, as a guest of the
Child Welfare Digital Services, which is a California-government
project whose mission is to "fundamentally change the way state
government develops software by leveraging free (libre) software,
agile methodologies, and user-centered design." Later in the month, he
was in Innsbruck, Austria, for a lecture series on "Challenges to
learning and education in the media age" ("Herausforderungen für
Lernen und Bildung im Medienzeitalter,") at the University of
Why free software is important in the modern tech era
From December 1 by Carlos Rodriguez
When one hears the term free software it is common to think that it
refers to price. However, it is used to refer to software that is
free, as in freedom, and sometimes free of cost as well.
Widening the availability of health care with free software
From December 22 by T. Nandakumar
Experts participating in Swatantra 2017, a two-day international
conference on free software, highlighted the increasing use of free
software in integrative and precision medicine and in the development
of medical devices for a variety of applications.
"Wreaking Havoc" -- HP Inc. installs system-slowing spyware on its PCs without consent
From December 4 by Mac Slavo
On the heels of Lenovo's massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling
adware on laptops without users' consent, HP Inc. (formerly
Hewlett-Packard) is jumping in with both feet when it comes to
installing spyware on its PCs without the consumer's
permission. According to numerous reports gathered by Computer
World, the company is deploying a telemetry client (a system data
that is uploaded by the Connected User Experience and Telemetry
component), on customer computers without asking permission.
Artifex and Hancom reach settlement over Ghostscript dispute
From December 7 by Maria Burns
Artifex Software, Inc. and Hancom, Inc. announced a confidential
agreement to settle their legal dispute, concerning the use of
Artifex's software Ghostscript under the GNU General Public
License. While the parties had their differences in the interpretation
of the license, the companies were able to reach an amicable
GNU Guix and GuixSD 0.14.0 released
From December 7 by Ludovic Courtès
GNU Guix is a transactional package manager for the GNU system. The
Guix System Distribution, or GuixSD, is an advanced distribution of
the GNU system that relies on GNU Guix and respects the user's
freedom. This release comes with GuixSD ISO-9660 installation images,
a virtual machine image of GuixSD, and with tarballs to install the
package manager on top of your GNU/Linux distro, either from source or
Donate to support GNU Guix at the link below!
Don't feed them after midnight: Reverse-engineering the Furby Connect
From November 24 by Context Research
With Christmas approaching at the time of publication, the writers at
Context Research thought it high time to have a prod at some connected
toys. They reviewed the Furby Connect from Hasbro, which comes with a
smartphone app that offers to "connect you to a world of
surprises"... some more pleasant than others.
December Free Software Directory meeting recap
Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at the December
Free Software Directory meetings. Every week, free software activists
from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.freenode.org to
help improve the Free Software Directory.
Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
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.freenode.org, and usually include a handful
of regulars as well as newcomers. Freenode is accessible from any IRC
client -- Everyone's welcome!
The next meeting is Friday, January 5, from 12pm to 3pm EST (16:00 to
19:00 UTC). Details here:
LibrePlanet featured resource: Code of Conduct
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 Code of Conduct, which applies
to us as participants in any campaigns, projects, and communities
under the LibrePlanet name, and covers our behavior in any related
forum, mailing list, IRC channel, wiki, Web site, public meeting, or
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us
know at email@example.com.
GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: 19 new GNU releases!
For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu
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To download: nearly all GNU software is available from
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(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
https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to
help. The general page on how to help GNU is at
If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like
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As always, please feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
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 no events scheduled this month.
Other FSF and free software events
January 24, 2018, Sydney, Australia, John Sullivan, "Freedom embedded: Devices that respect users and communities"
January 26, 2018, Sydney, Australia, Molly de Blanc, "A division of labor: Attempting to measure free software"
February 4, 2018, Brussels, Belgium, John Sullivan, "People can't care when they don't know"
We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation,
and 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:
- Aaron Conole
- Aaron Grothe
- Alain Brenzikofer
- Alison Chaiken
- Andrew Fox
- Antonio Carzaniga
- Beat Straehl
- Ben Pfaff
- Ben Sturmfels
- Bernard Deffarges
- Bret Fisher
- Brewster Kahle
- C&CZ IT Department, Faculty of Science, Radboud University
- Christopher Marusich
- Clifford Ireland
- Conan Chiles
- Donald Craig
- Douglas Hauge
- Electric Embers Cooperative
- Faran Jessani
- Guus Sliepen
- Hiroo Yamagata
- Inouye Satoru
- James Fitzgerald
- Jean-Francois Blavier
- Jeffrey O'Connell
- Jelte van der Hoek
- Jonathan Howell
- Julian Doucette
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GNU copyright contributions
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- Adam Robert Halski (Emacs)
- Kévin Le Gouguec (Emacs)
- Kilian Verhetsel (GCC)
- Peter Pisar (Emacs)
- Torsten Müller (GNU Hyperbole)
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