"We must design free hardware. But the question remains: how?"
At Apple's "Spring Forward" press event on Monday, March 9, the electronics company expounded upon its plans to release a smartwatch and revealed updates to its MacBook computer line, among other announcements. Underneath their focus on "innovation" and "design," however, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other participating speakers neglected to address growing concerns about the proprietary software and Digital Restrictions Management technologies distributed with its products and services, which only serve to extend the company's oppression of computer users and their freedoms.
The free software movement is a global phenomenon, and we want the LibrePlanet conference to reflect that. That's why, wherever you are, you are invited to participate remotely by watching the livestream and participating in the discussion via chat.
"To what extent do the ideas of free software extend to hardware? Is it a moral obligation to make our hardware designs free, just as it is to make our software free? Does maintaining our freedom require rejecting hardware made from nonfree designs?"
As the very first full-time web developer for the FSF, I was happy to see my first major project launch: the new and improved https://my.fsf.org.
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.
LibrePlanet is less than a month away, on March 21st and 22nd. 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!
19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 23, 2015):
Security experts have discovered a highly threatening vulnerability in software preinstalled on some Windows computers manufactured by Lenovo through January 2015. Extreme negligence on the part of Lenovo and unscrupulous programming by its adware partner Superfish seem to have caused the vulnerability.
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