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Free Software Supporter - Issue 90, October 2015

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Sep 29, 2015 03:20 PM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update!

This weekend (October 3rd): User Freedom Summit!

Join the Free Software Foundation and friends in Cambridge, MA, to celebrate the culmination of our 30th year fighting for computer user freedom, powered by supporters like you. The User Freedom Summit includes two tracks of two sessions each, with a closing talk by Eben Moglen. It is not too late to register!

Thank you to HP and our other event sponsors!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF, Conservancy publish principles for community-oriented GPL enforcement
  • Who is improving the world through free software? Nominate them now
  • Preorder your FSF 30 commemorative shirt and the third edition of Free Software, Free Society
  • WordPress brings the freedom to the front
  • Tor relay reinstated in the Kilton Library: a win for free software-based anonymity
  • It's Software Freedom Day!
  • Universal Permissive License added to license list
  • EPA opposed DMCA exemptions that could have revealed Volkswagen fraud
  • Taurinus X200 laptop now FSF-certified to respect your freedom
  • Update on First Unitarian Church v. NSA: EFF's First Amendment challenge to NSA spying
  • GNU social Camp
  • Trinidad and Tobago National Workers Union builds solidarity one CiviCRM contact at a time
  • State of the Goblin: September 2015
  • Exercising software freedom in the global email system
  • International challenge: logo for Ceata
  • Parabola GNU/Linux-libre receives fiscal sponsorship from Fundația Ceata
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Artists
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: 16 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!
  • GNU copyright contributions

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FSF, Conservancy publish principles for community-oriented GPL enforcement

From October 1st

The FSF and Conservancy each lead worldwide efforts to ensure compliance with the GPL family of licenses. The principles we follow are designed to make copyleft license enforcement first and foremost serve the goal of protecting user freedom, which includes assisting companies to correctly distribute free software. But protecting the rights of computer users is everyone's job. That is why we have published these principles, so that the rest of the community can learn from our experiences, and hopefully have more fruitful compliance efforts as a result. You can check out our press release on the announcement.

Who is improving the world through free software? Nominate them now

From September 10th by Georgia Young

Free software projects often fly under the radar: they rarely have a marketing budget, so word of a great project often relies on word-of-mouth within the free software community, especially in a project's early years. Yet we all know there are some truly amazing free software projects out there. That's why the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project have presented the Free Software Awards for nearly two decades, honoring people and projects who have advanced the movement or created free software programs that serve crucial societal needs. If you can think of some, nominate them today!

Preorder your FSF 30 commemorative shirt and the third edition of Free Software, Free Society

From September 15th by Chrissie Himes

Commemorate the Free Software Foundation's 30th anniversary by ordering your limited edition shirt and book today!

WordPress brings the freedom to the front

From September 16th by Stephen Mahood aka mv

Did you upgrade a WordPress instance recently? You may be seeing the freedom. Did you?

Tor relay reinstated in the Kilton Library: a win for free software-based anonymity

From September 16th by Zak Rogoff

In July, Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire set up a relay server in the Tor network, which lets Internet users surf the Web anonymously. Tor is relied on every day by whistleblowers, journalists, and dissidents in oppressive regimes, and each relay makes the network stronger. This was the first time a library had set up a relay, and the FSF was excited to see the public institution participating.

It's Software Freedom Day!

September 19th, was the twelfth annual Software Freedom Day, an international celebration of our favorite thing: free software!

Universal Permissive License added to license list

From September 25th by Donald Robertson

A new non-copyleft, GPL-compatible, free software license has been added to our list of various licenses and comments about them.

EPA opposed DMCA exemptions that could have revealed Volkswagen fraud

From September 25th by Donald Robertson

The EPA wrote to the Copyright Office opposing exemptions to the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions that could have helped expose the automaker’s fraud.

Taurinus X200 laptop now FSF-certified to respect your freedom

From September 28th

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the Taurinus X200 laptop sold by Libiquity LLC. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.

Update on First Unitarian Church v. NSA: EFF's First Amendment challenge to NSA spying

From September 18th by Aaron Mackey

The FSF is a plaintiff in this case. EFF has long believed that the First Amendment is as important to thinking about the NSA's Spying as the Fourth Amendment. When the government can track to whom you talk, when and for how long, like it did with the telephone records collection under section 215 of the Patriot Act, it knows with whom you associate. When it tracks who talks to politically active organizations, it scares people out of participating in the political and social issues of the day.

GNU social Camp

From September 8th

The 7th and 8th of October, we will be holding the first GNU social Camp. The main objective is to promote the development of GNU social, the main social platform project supported by the Free Software Foundation, and consolidate the growth of the federated and distributed social web. We already have a first draft of the program with excellent news, like the participation of Mikael Nordfeldth, the main developer of GNU social, and Pablo Bernardo to talk to us about mobility in relation to GNU social.

Trinidad and Tobago National Workers Union builds solidarity one CiviCRM contact at a time

From July 3rd by Dave Smith

We are probably unusual amongst trade unions in Trinidad in that we use GNU/Linux and free software on all our computers. As a trade union, our primary need is to maintain a list of members and record union dues. We have a legal requirement to submit annual returns showing how many members we have and a gender breakdown. Early on, we worked out how to set up Rules to show membership status which helped with this.

State of the Goblin: September 2015

From September 25th by By Christopher Allan Webber

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since a comprehensive update of what’s happening in MediaGoblin land. Despite the quiet, there is a lot to report, so let’s get down to business and start reporting!

Exercising software freedom in the global email system

From September 15th by Bradley M. Kuhn

In this post, I discuss one example of how a choice for software freedom can cause many strange problems that others will dismiss. My goal here is to explain in gory detail how proprietary software biases in the computing world continue to grow.

International challenge: logo for Ceata

From September 30th by Ceata

Ceata, the Romanian foundation for free software and free culture, is looking for skilled logo designers around the world to contribute probono with logo proposals for Ceata, one of which will be selected to represent the identity of the organization. Designing the logo of Ceata has been a challenge for the group since the start, in 2008.

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre receives fiscal sponsorship from Fundația Ceata

From September 29th by Ceata

Today we're announcing that Parabola GNU/Linux-libre has signed a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Fundația Ceata. This agreement enables Parabola to receive donations in USD, EUR and RON currencies and help the project cover the expenses required to keep it running.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From September 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.

Meetings are every Friday from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 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.

LibrePlanet featured resource: Artists

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 LibrePlanet Artists, we help create educational materials and other media for local LibrePlanet teams or to advocate free software generally. 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 Brandon Invergo: 16 new GNU releases!

16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of September 24, 2015):

For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.

To download: nearly all GNU software is available from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors from https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html. You can use the url https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month, we welcome Brigham Keys as the new maintainer of GNU Gleem.

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 http://www.gnu.org/help/help.html.

If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see http://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.

As always, please feel free to write to us at maintainers@gnu.org with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

GNU Toolchain update

From September 25th

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 G++ ABI, GCC and new target-specific options.

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:

  • Nikolay Ksenev
  • Justin Baugh
  • Peter Rock
  • Luiz Paternostro

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

GNU copyright contributions

Assigning your copyright to the Free Software Foundation helps us defend the GPL and keep software free. The following individuals have assigned their copyright to the FSF in the past month:

  • James Clarke GLIBC MACH HURD
  • David Caldwell EMACS
  • Kaushal Modi
  • Kai Petteri Hintsanen EMMS
  • Daniel Elstner AUTOCONF
  • Pip Cet EMACS, GCC

Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your copyright to the FSF.

https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#dev

Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at https://my.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://my.fsf.org/join

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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