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by Matt Lee Contributions Published on 06/12/2011 17h21

Issue 29, August 2010

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Software Freedom Day
  • Women's Caucus internship opportunity
  • LibrePlanet 2010 audio and video is now ready
  • ACTA petition delivered with over 4,000 signatures
  • Help us stamp out DRM in education
  • Apple's latest DRM patent
  • USPTO is seeking comment on the Bilski decision
  • GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Take action with the FSF!

Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day is an annual event to celebrate software freedom and the people behind it around the world. It is also an event to teach people about the importance of software freedom and to encourage them to adopt it.

This year, it will take place on the 18th of September, and we urge you to participate in or organize an event in your local area to celebrate it.

Women's Caucus internship opportunity

The Women's Caucus is seeking an intern to assist with its work to increase the number of women involved in free software. This is a 12-week position for the fall, with some flexibility on the start and end times.

LibrePlanet 2010 audio and video is now ready

Our summer campaigns intern, Steve DuBois, has been working on preparing the video and audio recordings of the annual software freedom activism conference, LibrePlanet.

All recordings are available in Ogg format and are free to share.

ACTA petition delivered with over 4,000 signatures

The FSF delivered its petition against ACTA to trade representatives from the US and other countries as they met in Washington D.C.

ACTA is a proposed international agreement to punish Internet users who share and to enforce corporations' interests on them at the expense of the public's freedom.

Help us stamp out DRM in education

The FSF's anti-DRM campaign, Defective By Design, is preparing a list of schools that require or offer DRM-laden hardware, such as the iPod, iPhone, iPad or Amazon Kindle (or any other device).

You can help by identifying these schools.

Apple's latest DRM patent

Apple has applied for a software patent on a spying technology that will give them unlimited control over people's devices and the ability to use them for massive surveillance.

USPTO is seeking comment on the Bilski decision

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is accepting comments until 27 September 2010 on their proposed examiner guidelines for interpreting the Supreme Court's recent Bilski decision.

The End Software Patent campaign is asking for help in analyzing some documents to highlight the points that need to be included in its comment.

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

autoconf-2.67 nano-2.2.5 autoconf-archive-2010.08.19 nettle-2.1 bison-2.4.3 parallel-20100822 ddrescue-1.13 psychosynth-0.1.6 dionysus-1.3.0 sharutils-4.10 freeipmi-0.8.9 sipwitch-0.9.1 gcc-4.5.1 smalltalk-3.2.2 glibc-2.12.1 tramp-2.1.19 gnash-0.8.8 ucommon-3.3.5 gnuprolog-java-0.2.5 xboard-4.4.4 icecat-3.6.8 zile-2.3.19

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.

This month we welcome Jose Marchesi as maintainer of the new package recutils, Mike Gran as maintainer of the new package guile-ncurses, and long-time maintainers Bruno Haible, Jim Meyering, and Simon Josefsson adding the new package vc-changelog to their duties.

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

2010-09-03 | The Danger of Software Patents Guwahati, India

2010-09-04 | Free Software and Your Freedom Guwahati, India

2010-09-09 | Free Software and Your Freedom Kottayam, India

Other FSF and free software events

2010-09-18 | Software Freedom Day Worldwide!

Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at http://www.fsf.org/join. If you're already a member, you can help refer new members (and earn some rewards) by adding a line with your member number to your email signature like:

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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