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Free Software Directory meeting recap for September 1st, 2017

by Donald Robertson Contributions Published on Sep 07, 2017 12:14 PM
Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at the last Free Software Directory meeting.

Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.freenode.org to help improve the Free Software Directory. This recaps the work we accomplished at the Friday, September 1st, 2017 meeting.

Last week we had a "Back to School" theme, focusing on educational entries. Many of the entries in the category were relatively up to date, with almost all having been at least reviewed by last year's meeting with the same theme. It may not be as exciting as adding new entries to the Directory, but this work is just as critical for ensuring that the entries we do have remain current and useful.

We also had a discussion about how to prevent people from choosing licenses that restrict commercial use. Such licenses are non-free, but there is a common misconception that non-commercial licenses are a good thing, like a nonprofit. It couldn't be further from the truth. Such licenses mean that even nonprofit groups can't use the work for things like fundraising, and no one can use the work if they only use freely licensed works. Lots more work needs to be done in this area in terms of educating people about non-commercial licenses.

If you would like to help update the directory, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on irc.freenode.org from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC).

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