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Free Software Supporter - Issue 73, April 2014

by wtheaker Contributions Published on May 01, 2014 01:27 AM
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Get your friends together for the International Day Against DRM (May 6, 2014)
  • Please protest the "Windows 8 Campus Tour"
  • GNU Press releases the classic GNU head shirt in gray!
  • Free Software Foundation statement on Heartbleed vulnerability
  • Document Freedom Day 2014 report published
  • GCC 4.9 released
  • GNU MediaGoblin campaign a massive succcess! What’s next?
  • Is Soverain Software a patent troll? Yes
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Day Against DRM 2014
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 30 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

Get your friends together for the International Day Against DRM (May 6, 2014)

From April 23rd

On May 6, 2014, our global community will come together for the eighth International Day Against DRM. We'll be gathering, protesting, making and sharing, showing the world and the media that we insist on a future without DRM.

Please protest the "Windows 8 Campus Tour"

From April 17th

Microsoft is running "Windows 8 Campus Tour" events at many US universities. We're inviting free software supporters, associated with the universities in question, to mount simple nondisruptive protests at these events.

GNU Press releases the classic GNU head shirt in gray!

From April 17th

Replace your old GNU head t-shirt with an updated version of the classic, now in gray with maroon ink.

Free Software Foundation statement on Heartbleed vulnerability

In response to the news of the "Heartbleed" OpenSSL vulnerability, Free Software Foundation executive director John Sullivan issued a statement on free software as a necessary precondition for security.

April launches Free Software Pact for upcoming European elections

By April, from April 8th

April has launched a campaign during the upcoming European Parliament elections to inform candidates about free software.

Document Freedom Day 2014 report published

By FSF Europe, from April 24th

Free document formats were celebrated to the ends of the earth for Document Freedom Day 2014, with fifty-one events in twenty-two countries. The campaign for interoperability was enacted from Tokyo to Rio, and Birmingham to Taipei.

GCC 4.9 released

By GCC, from April 22nd

The 4.9.0 version of the GNU Compiler Collection is a major release, containing new features (as well as many other improvements) relative to GCC 4.8.x.

GNU MediaGoblin campaign a massive succcess! What’s next?

By Christopher Allan Webber, From April 24th

GNU MediaGoblin has completed their fundraising campaign, raising over $62,000 for federated media sharing. In this post, Christopher Allan Webber reflects on the project's success and goals for the future.

Is Soverain Software a patent troll? Yes

By End Software Patents, from April 4th

The US Supreme Court recently declined to hear Soverain v. Newegg, prompting some to ask if Soverain should be classified as a "patent troll."

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From April 30th

Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions to version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing. The Free Software Directory has been a great resource to software users over the past decade, but it needs your help staying up-to-date with new and exciting free software projects.

To help, join our weekly IRC meetings on Fridays. Meetings take place in the #fsf channel on irc.gnu.org, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone's welcome.

The next meeting is Friday, May 2nd from 2pm to 5pm EDT (18:00 to 21:00 UTC). Details here:

After this meeting, you can check https://www.fsf.org/events to see the rest of May's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.

LibrePlanet featured resource: Day Against DRM 2014

Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful -- often one that could use your help.

For this month, we are highlighting Day Against DRM 2014, which provides information about organized efforts against Digital Restrictions Management. You are invited to adopt, spread, and improve this important resource, as well as host an event in your local area.

Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at campaigns@fsf.org.

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 30 new GNU releases!

30 new GNU releases in the last month (as of April 29, 2014):

To get announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu. Nearly all GNU software is available from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors (https://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:

  • James Cloos as the new maintainer of enscript and trueprint (with an eye toward merging them),
  • Ramana Radhakrishnan as a new co-maintainer of gcc,
  • Nick Ralabate as the new maintainer of solfege,
  • Andrew Shadura and Daniel Valentine as the new maintainers of indent,
  • Andy Wingo and Daniel Hartwig as the authors and maintainers of the new package guile-opengl. Thanks to all.

A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html. To submit new packages to the GNU operating system, see https://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.

GNU Toolchain update

From April 28th

The GNU toolchain refers to the part of the GNU system which is used for building programs. These components of GNU are together often on other systems and for compiling programs for other platforms.

This month features a new major release of GCC and improvements to the GNU binutils.

Richard Stallman's speaking schedule

For event details, as well as to sign-up to be notified for future events in your area, please visit https://www.fsf.org/events.

So far, Richard Stallman has the following events in May:

Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, but we'd like to give special recognition to the folks who have donated $500 or more in the last month.

This month, a big Thank GNU to:

  • Lowell Anderson
  • Zak Knapper
  • David Kleuker
  • Christopher Grubert
  • David Ayers

You can add your name to this list by donating at https://donate.fsf.org.

Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at https://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! https://www.fsf.org/jf?referrer=2442

The FSF is also always looking for volunteers (https://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 (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA and more.

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