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Free Software Supporter - Issue 79, October 2014

by wtheaker Contributions Published on Oct 31, 2014 06:13 PM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 83,268 other activists. That's 178 more than last month!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • The Free Software Foundation opens nominations for the 17th annual Free Software Awards
  • Matthew Garrett joins Free Software Foundation board of directors
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Jessica Tallon of PyPump
  • Registration is now open for LibrePlanet 2015: "Free Software Everywhere," March 21-22, 2015 in Cambridge, MA
  • SSL, POODLE, and you
  • I spoke at LibrePlanet and you can too
  • A victory for free software over the "Microsoft tax"
  • Recaps of this month's weekly Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetups
  • Munich sticks with Free Software
  • GCC 4.9.2 released
  • The incoming European Commissioner Andrus Ansip declares his support for free software
  • Future European Commissioner Günther Oettinger refuses to answer on free software
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: GPLv3 interviews
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 25 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain update
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
  • Other FSF and free software events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF

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The Free Software Foundation opens nominations for the 17th annual Free Software Awards

From October 17th

Nominations are now open for the 17th annual Free Software Awards. Submit your nomination forthe Award for the Advancement of Free Software and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit by the deadline of November 16th, 2014 at 23:59 UTC.

Matthew Garrett joins Free Software Foundation board of directors

From October 16th

Matthew Garrett joined the Free Software Foundation's board of directors. Matthew has generously donated his time and expertise to advise the FSF on many issues in recent years, especially Restricted Boot and other disconcerting trends at the intersection of hardware and proprietary software distribution.

The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Jessica Tallon of PyPump

From October 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.

In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with Jessica Tallon, the lead developer PyPump, a simple but powerful and pythonic way of interfacing with the pump.io API, which is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or, at your option, any later version.

Registration is now open for LibrePlanet 2015: "Free Software Everywhere," March 21-22, 2015 in Cambridge, MA

From October 15th

LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. The conference brings together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2015 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.

SSL, POODLE, and you

From October 16th

A new vulnerability, known as "Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption" (POODLE), has been discovered in the SSL protocol. The flaw, which only affects the SSL 3.0 protocol, makes traffic vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. We have dropped support for SSL 3.0 on fsf.org and gnu.org until a fix is released.

I spoke at LibrePlanet and you can too

From October 23rd

In this guest post from Shauna Gordon-McKeon, who spoke at LibrePlanet 2014, Shauna calls on people to submit session proposals for LibrePlanet 2015.

A victory for free software over the "Microsoft tax"

From October 24th

The Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione) issued a judgment that bans the "Microsoft tax," a commercial practice that discourages users from converting their PCs to GNU/Linux or other free operating systems. In this guest post Marco Ciurcina, a lawyer who worked on the case, discusses the impacts of this ruling on Italian computer users.

Munich sticks with Free Software

By FSF Europe, from October 16th

On Tuesday, Munich's first mayor finally reacted to an inquiry by the Green Party related to rumours regarding a possible switch back to a Windows-based desktop environment. The answer to the inquiry shows that there is no factual basis for the claims made by first mayor and second mayor.

GCC 4.9.2 released

By GCC, from October 30th

This release is a bug-fix release, containing fixes for regressions in GCC 4.9.1 relative to previous releases of GCC.

The incoming European Commissioner Andrus Ansip declares his support for free software

By April, from October 8th

During the course of his European Parliament hearing, Andrus Ansip, the designated EU Commissioner for the Digital Single Market, expressed his support for free software several times. April hopes that this is a sign towards the implementation of proactive policies in favour of free software.

Future European Commissioner Günther Oettinger refuses to answer on free software

By April, from October 1st

In the course of his hearing by the European Parliament, Günther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner-designate for Economy and Digital Society, deliberately refused to answer an MP's question on Free Software.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From October 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, November 7 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 this month's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.

Recaps of this month's weekly Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetups

LibrePlanet featured resource: GPLv3 interviews

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 GPLv3 interviews, which collects suggestions for future Licensing & Compliance Lab interviews. 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: 25 new GNU releases!

25 new GNU releases in the last month (as of October 25, 2014):

To get announcements of most new GNU releases, 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 Cole Johnson as the new maintainer of GNU Solfege, and Eric Blake as a new co-maintainer of GNU gperf (in addition to his many other GNU contributions).

A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, 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 the GNU operating system, 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.

GNU Toolchain update

From October 20th

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 improvements to GDB and GCC.

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 this month:

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:

  • Bridgette Chambers
  • Open Source Foundation
  • Aaron Grothe
  • Boulder Labs, Inc.
  • JacobsParts Inc.
  • Patrice Le Vexier
  • Stephane Chazelas

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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