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by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Dec 06, 2011 05:20 PM

Issue 26, May 2010

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Job Opening: FSF Campaigns Manager
  • GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store
  • GNU Hackers' Meetings, July 24th-25th, 2010
  • Defective by Design: Design a new sticker!
  • FSF responds to Jobs's "Thoughts on Flash"
  • Ryzom is Free: Breakthrough for Free Software Gaming
  • FSF launches free extension listing for OpenOffice.org
  • Chris Hofstader appointed as GNU access technology director
  • GNU Project publishes GNU Accessibility Statement
  • iQuenching your iThirst
  • GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Take action with the FSF!

Job Opening: FSF Campaigns Manager

The FSF is hiring a Campaigns Manager to be part of a team that directs and coordinates our campaigns for software freedom. This is an opportunity to take a senior role in the organization that sponsors the GNU project, publishes the GNU GPL and works to promote the message that software freedom is a civil liberty.

GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store

An iPhone port of GNU Go is currently being distributed through Apple's App Store. However, this distribution is not in compliance with the GNU GPL. The primary problem is that Apple imposes numerous legal restrictions on use and distribution of GNU Go through the iTunes Store Terms of Service, which is forbidden by section 6 of GPLv2. So today we have written to Apple and asked them to come into compliance. We would be happy to see Apple distribute these programs under the GPL's terms, but unfortunately, it seems much more likely that they'll simply make the problem go away by removing GNU Go from the App Store.

GNU Hackers' Meetings, July 24th-25th, 2010

GNU Hackers' Meetings are informal meetings for GNU maintainers and active contributors. A GNU Hackers' Meeting will be held on July 24th-25th, 2010, during the GUADEC 2010 conference in The Hague, Netherlands. The free secure networking and decentralized applications issues will be discussed. This is a technical meeting and all GNU contributors are invited!

Defective by Design: Design a new sticker!

FSF's Defective by Design campaign is having a contest for designing a new sticker. The existing pink one features the problem of DRM'd music on iPod, and it was pink to fit Apple's pink iPod advertising back in 2006. However, now we need to make one that focuses on DRM'd applications, games and movies on iPod, iPhone and iPad.

The contest will be held until the end of May and the three best designers will get a LibrePlanet t-shirt! Join and let your designer friends know!

FSF responds to Jobs's "Thoughts on Flash"

Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, wrote about his "Thoughts on Flash" and mentioned several reasons why Apple does not allow Adobe Flash on their iPad, iPhone and iPad devices and he included the fact that it is not an 'open standard'. Our operations manager, John Sullivan, responded to that and published an article on ArsTechnica.

Ryzom is Free: Breakthrough for Free Software Gaming

Earlier this month, the FSF welcomed the release of online game Ryzom -- all source code and artistic assets to the free software development community. The source code was released under the GNU Affero General Public License, and the artwork was released under Creative Commons' Attribution ShareAlike License.

More than two-million lines of source code and 20,000 high quality arts are now available to the community in an online repository.

FSF launches free extension listing for OpenOffice.org

The FSF has launched a free software extension listing for the popular office suite OpenOffice.org to replace the current, official one that recommends non-free extensions.

The FSF asked the OpenOffice.org Community Council to list only free software extensions, or to provide a second independent listing which only included free extensions, but they declined to change their policy.

Therefore, the FSF has launched an effort to assemble a replacement extension library, which will list only the extensions that are free.

GNU Project publishes GNU Accessibility Statement

The GNU Project has published an initiative to create features that can be used by people with low vision, deafness, learning and reading disabilities, and for people with mobility and other physical issues who can use an on-screen keyboard.

According to the United Nations in 2005, there were 600 million people with disabilities in the world. To use computers, many of them need special software known as “access technology”. Like other programs, these can be free software or proprietary. Those which are free software respect the freedom of their users; the rest, proprietary programs, subject those users to the power of the program's owner.

Chris Hofstader appointed as GNU access technology director

The FSF has appointed Chris Hofstader as the GNU access technology director. Hofstader has been a software engineer for about thirty years. He had a moderate to severe vision impairment until he was about 35, when he slid into profound blindness. He officially joined the GNU Project in February of this year.

iQuenching your iThirst

On May 1st, Boston's main water supply was hit by a burst main, polluting much of the water and making it unsafe to drink. The FSF staff and volunteers took the chance to serve the community and to educate the public in the Day Against DRM and they had a 'Free Water' activity at a nearby Apple Store in Boston.

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

The recent GNU software releases:

coreutils-8.5 gnue-forms-0.6.3 mit-scheme-9.0.1 diffutils-3.0 gnue-navigator-0.1.0 parallel-20100424 freedink-1.08.20100420 gnue-reports-0.2.0 sipwitch-0.8.2 freeipmi-0.8.5 gnutrition-0.31 smalltalk-3.2 gawk-3.1.8 gv-3.6.9 ucommon-2.1.3 global-5.8.2 help2man-1.38.2 xboard-4.4.3 gnue-appserver-0.5.3 libtasn1-2.6 xorriso-0.5.6 gnue-common-0.6.9 libunistring-0.9.3

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 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.

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

2010-06-04 | A Free Digital Society Prishtina, Kosovo

2010-06-20 | Free Software in Ethics and in Practice Al-Kurah, Lebanon

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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