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Free Software Supporter - Issue 70, January 2013

by William Theaker Contributions Published on 30/01/2014 13h41
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF licensing team: Doing even more in 2014
  • Speakers and venue announced for FSF's LibrePlanet 2014 -- register today!
  • Help the FSF bury Windows 8
  • As free software users, we need to speak out against the TPP
  • Don't let the MPAA buy the Web
  • Coreboot-supported Asus F2A85-M/CSM added to recommended hardware list
  • Cambridge, MA City Council adopts resolution to commemorate thirty years of GNU
  • Two new ways to get involved in the planning for LibrePlanet 2014
  • Interview with Joerg Henrichs of SuperTuxKart
  • Setting up your own app store with F-Droid
  • Italy puts free software first in public sector
  • When free software isn’t (practically) better
  • GSRC version 2014.0.1.06 released
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet ideas
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 28 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

FSF licensing team: Doing even more in 2014

From January 30th

The free software movement was born out of a response to a rising tide of restrictions being placed on users via contracts and non-disclosure agreements. Whether it is enforcing the terms of the license, educating the public about their rights to use and share software, or promoting software and devices that respect users, the FSF's Licensing and Compliance Lab works hard to keep the GPL's promise and make sure it is shared as widely as possible.

Speakers and venue announced for FSF's LibrePlanet 2014 -- register today!

From January 23rd

This year, LibrePlanet will be held at MIT in Cambridge, MA, and will feature nearly 30 sessions centered around the theme, "free software, free society." Register today to reserve your spot at the conference and to learn more about the amazing keynotes by Sue Gardner, Eben Moglen, Karen Sandler, and Richard Stallman.

Help the FSF bury Windows 8

From January 28th

The widely-accepted failure of Windows 8 provides a critical moment for the free software movement.

As free software users, we need to speak out against the TPP

From January 29th

Lobbyists and officials from twelve countries, including the US, are currently bickering over the details of this massive international "free trade" treaty. They are creating the TPP to strongly promote Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and enforce draconian copyright law, which will hinder free software development.

Don't let the MPAA buy the Web

From January 17th

Together, W3C, the MPAA, and a handful of the world's most powerful Web companies are preparing to build Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) deep into our public Web standards. We must stop them.

Coreboot-supported Asus F2A85-M/CSM added to recommended hardware list

From January 2nd

The FSF has updated its list of Recommended Complete Systems to include the Asus F2A85-M/CSM.

Cambridge, MA City Council adopts resolution to commemorate thirty years of GNU

From January 7th

This past September, the GNU System celebrated thirty years of fighting for software freedom with a celebratory hackathon at MIT. To commemorate this occasion, the Cambridge City Council issued a statement in support of GNU and software freedom.

Two new ways to get involved in the planning for LibrePlanet 2014

From January 21st

LibrePlanet is only two months away and we need your help drumming up interest and reaching out to communities you would like to see attend.

Interview with Joerg Henrichs of SuperTuxKart

From January 30th

This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works.

Setting up your own app store with F-Droid

By the Guardian Project, from November 5th

F-Droid is a repository of free software for Android and Replicant devices. Like the package management systems of many mainstream GNU/Linux distributions, like Trisquel, F-Droid helps users add third-party repositories.

Italy puts free software first in public sector

By FSF Europe, from January 14th

The Italian government has made free software the default choice for public administrations. In a document published last Wednesday, the Italian Digital Agency issued rules saying that all government organisations in the country must consider using free software before buying licenses for proprietary programs.

When free software isn’t (practically) better

By Benjamin Mako Hill, from December 31st

In a video from LibrePlanet 2013, a FSF board member Benjamin Mako Hill talks about the importance of sticking with free software even when it is not practically better.

GSRC version 2014.0.1.06 released

By Brandon Invergo, from January 6th

Version 2014.01.06 of GSRC, the GNU Source Release Collection, has been released. GSRC is a convenient means to fetch, build and install the latest GNU software from source via a BSD Ports-like system.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From January 29th

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, January 31 from 2PM to 5PM EST (19:00 to 22:00 UTC). Details here:

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

LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet ideas

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

For this month, our highlighted resource is a bit "meta." The LibrePlanet ideas page collects ideas about expanding LibrePlanet and its community.You are invited to adopt, spread and improve this important resource.

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

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 28 new GNU releases!

28 new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 26, 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, a belated welcome to Bruno Felix Rezende Ribeiro as the author and maintainer of GNU ccd2cue, which has already seen several releases. We also welcome Jerome Benoit as the author and maintainer of his new GNU package mpria, and Sebastien Diaz as the new maintainer of dap and for reviving GNU rpge. 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 January 27th

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 updates to GCC and 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 February:

Other FSF and free software events

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:

  • Chris Cunningham
  • Lawrence Lessig
  • Nathan Boy
  • Aaron Culliney
  • Anthony J. Stieber
  • Denis López
  • Daniel Dehennin
  • Orlando
  • Damian Kokot
  • Paul Eggert
  • iFixit
  • Neil Gower
  • MeansofInquiry.org
  • Michael Dorrington
  • Matt Kraai
  • Oleg Lyubimov
  • Dennis W. Tokarski
  • Tyng-Ruey Chuang
  • Eric Brown
  • Jean-Baptiste Giraudeau
  • Michael Yang
  • Craigslist Fund
  • Stanley Yamane
  • Terence O'Gorman
  • Douglas Hauge
  • Gary Steinmetz
  • Joseph Fields
  • Eric Brown
  • Robert Peters
  • Aaron Symko
  • Deke Clinger
  • Ovidiu Predescu
  • Lars Thon
  • Detlef Girke
  • Andreas Berg
  • Creative Commons
  • Gandi US, Inc.
  • Dmitriy Korolev
  • Tim Oertel
  • Huang Ming Nan
  • Cristian & Andreea Francu
  • René Genz
  • Pär Smårs

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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