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by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Dec 06, 2011 05:18 PM

Issue 20, November 2009

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

* Powerful new video message from Jeremy Allison
* FSF credit card (initially for US residents only)
* Video campaign: Why is free software important to you?
* A call to nonprofits to refuse Microsoft Windows 7
* Dara Adib is the GNU Generation member of the month! 
* gNewSense 2.3 is out!
* "League for Programming Freedom" returns
* What if buying a new car were like using nonfree software?
* Starting my internship at the FSF
* AcaWiki liberates scientific research with free software
* GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* Take action with the FSF!

Powerful new video message from Jeremy Allison

Visit http://fsf.org/ now to view a powerful new video message from renowned free software programmer and FSF member Jeremy Allison.

This is the first in a series of videos we will be releasing during our year-end membership drive. Please help us reach our target by joining as a member or making a donation at:

FSF credit card (initially for US residents only)

More than 75% of our members and donors use a credit card when donating to the FSF. Now you can add to that support by using a credit card with an FSF logo on it.

(Please don't let the thought of supporting us encourage you to start using a credit card if you don't already, or discourage you from buying anonymously with big-brother-resistant cash.)

Why is free software important to you? Submit your response to our

new video campaign!

The FSF is launching a new advocacy campaign, and we'd love to have you involved. One of the most important tasks for us at the FSF is to help foster the understanding that free software is crucial to a free society, and that citizens should switch to free software at home and in their own work, for freedom's sake. But in many ways, most of this work has always been done by the millions of free software users around the world, telling others why they care about free software and what they use it for.

Breaking the dependency on proprietary software: A call to

nonprofits to refuse Microsoft Windows 7

The Free Software Foundation launched the next stage of its Windows 7 Sins campaign, making the case against Microsoft and proprietary software by writing to 500 leaders of the most influential nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide, asking them to make the switch to freedom-respecting free software, and to help foster awareness of the ethical importance of computer user freedom.

Dara Adib is the GNU Generation member of the month!

Dara started a group at his school called the CHSN Tech Club that not only educates other students about free software, but also educates the school district about the problems with proprietary software. He has been successful in helping his school district break free of the chains of proprietary software by explaining the benefits and assisting in the installation of multiple pieces of free software on all school district computers. Along with another student from the tech club, Dara is a member of his district's technology committee, which helps him influence decisions and advance the cause locally. He is also leading his school club in a project to use free software to help other students review for courses. They are creating freely licensed course review material to help other students study for classes.

gNewSense 2.3 is out!

Version 2.3 of gNewSense, one of the the FSF-endorsed free GNU/Linux distributions, was released last month. Anyone interested in keeping pace with the latest improvements in free operating systems should check it out. It's based on Ubuntu, but without the nonfree parts that Ubuntu includes by default, or suggests that you download.

"League for Programming Freedom" returns

The League for Programming Freedom, "an organization that opposes software patents and user interface copyrights" founded by Richard Stallman in 1989, is back and open for membership.

What if buying a new car were like using nonfree software?

What if buying a car were like buying a computer running Windows or Mac OS X? The following example may seem strange at first, but is an interesting analogy to understand the important difference between proprietary software that is designed to take away your freedom, and free software.

Starting my internship at the FSF

Tal Schechter introduces himself as he starts out as a new Campaigns Intern at the FSF.

AcaWiki uses free software--and a free software approach--to

liberate scientific research

AcaWiki is a promising new project to build a body of scientific knowledge that is free to use, study, improve, and redistribute. Instead of waiting for journals to make papers more available, they're building a free equivalent that will be just as useful.

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Here are the recent GNU software releases:

bazaar-2.0.1 binutils-2.20 freeipmi-0.7.14 gcc-4.4.2 gdb-7.0 gnue-appserver-0.5.3 gnue-forms-0.6.2 gnutls-2.8.5 grub-1.97 gsasl-1.3 icecat-3.5.4 libcdio-0.82 libgsasl-1.3 libmicrohttpd-0.4.4 libzrtpcpp-1.4.6 mdk-1.2.5 pspp-0.6.2 pycdio-0.16 solfege-3.14.9 xboard-4.4.1 zile-2.3.13

I'd like to specially note the major new release of gdb, which includes reversible debugging support (one of the high priority project items, http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/priority.html) among other significant new features.

To get announcements of most new GNU packages, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu. Nearly all GNU software is available from http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors (http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html). You can use the url http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror; for example, http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/gdb/ will redirect to the GDB directory on a mirror.

This month we welcome Rodrigo Rodrigues da Silva and Felipe Correa da Silva Sanches, authors of the new package LibreDWG, which aims to support the widespread CAD format and tools (another high priority project item).

We also welcome Alexandre Becoulet, author of the new package goptical, an advanced optical design and simulation library.

And we welcome Giacomo Catenazzi as the new maintainer of the GNU version of the standard spell utility.

Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers and other assistance. Please see http://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at http://www.gnu.org/help/help.html. To submit new packages to GNU, see http://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.

As always, please feel free to write to me, karl@gnu.org, with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events

  • 2009-11-11 | The Free Software Movement -- Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1st Floor, SEAMOLEC Building, Kompleks Universitas Terbuka, Jl. Pondok Cabe Raya, Pondok Cabe, Pamulang, Tangerang Selatan, Banten. Richard Stallman talk.

  • 2009-11-11 | Copyright vs. Community -- Jakarta, Indonesia - 1st Floor, SEAMOLEC Building, Kompleks Universitas Terbuka, Jl. Pondok Cabe Raya, Pondok Cabe, Pamulang, Tangerang Selatan, Banten. Richard Stallman talk.

  • 2009-11-12 | The Free Software Movement

Jakarta, Indonesia - 1st Floor, SEAMOLEC Building, Kompleks Universitas Terbuka, Jl. Pondok Cabe Raya, Pondok Cabe, Pamulang, Tangerang Selatan, Banten. Richard Stallman talk.

* <http://www.fsf.org/events/20091112jakarta>

Take action with the FSF

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I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom! http://www.fsf.org/jf?referrer=2442

The FSF is also always looking for volunteers (http://www.fsf.org/volunteer). From rabble-rousing to hacking, from issue coordination to envelope stuffing -- there's something here for everybody to do. Also, head over to our campaign section (http://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA and more.

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