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This Saturday, September 19th, is the twelfth annual Software Freedom Day, an international celebration of our favorite thing: free software!
In July, Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire set up a relay server in the Tor network, which lets Internet users surf the Web anonymously. Tor is relied on every day by whistleblowers, journalists, and dissidents in oppressive regimes, and each relay makes the network stronger. This was the first time a library had set up a relay, and the FSF was excited to see the public institution participating.
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Free software projects often fly under the radar: they rarely have a marketing budget, so word of a great project often relies on word-of-mouth within the free software community, especially in a project's early years. Yet we all know there are some truly amazing free software projects out there. That's why the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project have presented the Free Software Awards for nearly two decades, honoring people and projects who have advanced the movement or created free software programs that serve crucial societal needs.
16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of August 26, 2015):
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.
We recently announced a 30th birthday party for the Free Software Foundation, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts on the evening of Saturday, October 3rd. What better way to celebrate three decades fighting for computer user freedom?
19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 21, 2015):
Have you ever wondered how many people actually read the source code of free software?
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?