Recent blog posts
GNU social has made great progress during the last few weeks -- version alpha 0.1 ("Ritter") was announced and made it finally possible to try out GNU social, and run your own site.
At this year's LibrePlanet conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation, Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center gave a keynote speech on the current state of free software and the free software movement.
This month we welcome Joel Jose as the new maintainer of GNU gnatsweb, and Sebastien Diaz as the new maintainer of GNU rpge (adding to his other packages).
As our mission here at the Free Software Foundation is to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users, we also have to defend against ill-conceived and misguided laws. Many of you may already be aware of an international trade agreement being negotiated by the G8 nations called ACTA, but another law known as the Digital Economy Act is of concern, specifically to citizens of the UK.
By working together for free software in a focused movement, we can do much more than the sum of our individual or project efforts.
This month we welcome Delyan Raychev as the new maintainer of GNU Oleo, and Luis Strano Moraes as the new maintainer of GNU Shogi.
Yesterday evening, a group of core GNU social developers had the opportunity to meet with Blaine Cook, of OAuth fame. In the midst of figuring out the plan for moving ahead with GNU social, Blaine was able to provide the group with a tremendous amount of insight into useful approaches for controlling privacy in distributed social networks.
Tomorrow at its Boston offices the Free Software Foundation will host the first in a series of GNU social architecture meetings. Confirmed attendees include several GNU social developers, OAuth developer Blaine Cook and Evan Prodromou from StatusNet.
This month we welcome Ole Tange as the maintainer of the new package GNU parallel, and thank Giuseppe Scrivano (already maintainer of icecat and gcal) for taking on maintenance of GNU wget.
Watching two proprietary software companies deeply opposed to computer user freedom lob accusations back and forth about who is more opposed to freedom has been surreal, to say the least. But what's been crystal clear is that the freedom these companies are arguing about is their own, not that of their users. And what they are calling freedom isn't freedom at all -- it is the ability to control those users. Adobe is mad at Apple for not letting Adobe control iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users via Flash, and Apple is mad at Adobe for suggesting that Apple is arbitrarily abusing its control over Application Store users.