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Free Software Supporter Issue 98, June 2016

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on May 18, 2016 03:15 PM
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • LibrePlanet forever! Watch sessions from 2016 online
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Kees Verruijt of CANboat
  • ABYSS -- the genesis of a fully free streaming software package used at LibrePlanet
  • Ethics in, ethics out -- promote user-respecting software development platforms
  • No one should have to use proprietary software to communicate with their government
  • Recapping the International Day Against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)
  • "It pays itself back in dividends": NASA and MediaWiki, a natural pairing
  • OpenPGP conference call for presentations: Please submit abstracts by June 15th
  • SeaGL 2016 call for presentations: Deadline is midnight PDT, August 1st
  • Announcing the debut of LAS GNOME conference in Portland, OR
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: PlayOgg
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty-seven new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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LibrePlanet forever! Watch sessions from 2016 online

From May 31st

We are thrilled to announce that recordings and slides from LibrePlanet 2016 sessions are now available online!

The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Kees Verruijt of CANboat

From May 18th

As I was building a new boat in 2008-2010 I wanted to have a single device that would show all the data available on board via a simple Web interface. I could join the NMEA and buy the NMEA 2000 standard (spending $3,000 USD or so) but then I couldn't actually release my program as free software. So I figured that the only way out was to reverse engineer the protocol from scratch. It took me about a week to write some code to interact with a CAN interface and only a few evenings before I had the first datagram done.

ABYSS -- the genesis of a fully free streaming software package used at LibrePlanet

From May 12th

Our most recent intern, David Testé, writes about his experience developing the software for streaming and recording at LibrePlanet 2016. "This statement could be the leitmotiv of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) about the LibrePlanet conference: 'Make it better every year.'"

Ethics in, ethics out -- promote user-respecting software development platforms

From May 11th

In April, the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project announced evaluations of several major repository-hosting services. Using the GNU Ethical Criteria for Code Repositories, the evaluations judge code-hosting services for their commitment to user privacy and freedom. Now we are asking you to help support sites that meet the criteria and improve those that do not.

No one should have to use proprietary software to communicate with their government

From May 4th

Proprietary JavaScript is a threat to all users on the Web. When minified, the code can hide all sorts of nasty items, like spyware and other security risks. Savvy users can protect themselves by blocking scripts in their browser, or by installing the LibreJS browser extension and avoiding sites that require proprietary JavaScript in order to function. But some sites are harder to avoid than others. This is particularly the case when the site is required for citizens to communicate or interact with their own government. If no free alternative means are provided, then users can be blocked from participating in the democratic process.

Recapping the International Day Against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)

From May 6th

On Tuesday, May 2nd, people all over the world spoke out against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) with demonstrations, writings, speeches, discussion groups, social media, and more. The tenth anniversary of the International Day Against DRM was a confluence of activism to protect our rights and freedoms from the surveillance, unaccountable control, and security threats of DRM.

From May 2nd

Know your history -- the first ten years of the International Day Against DRM

From May 2nd

W3C staff member pledges resignation if DRM is added to Web standards

From May 2nd by Devin Ulibarri

Why should musicians care about DRM?

From May 2nd

A call to action; the International Day Against DRM.

From May 2nd

Allies join Defective by Design for the tenth anniversary of the International Day Against DRM

From May 3rd by FSMI

We as Free Software Movement of India (FSMI), strongly oppose inclusion of DRM technologies and its attempt to control what a user can and can't do with the media and hardware you've purchased.

From May 2nd by April

A DRM-locked e-book is always a downgrade from a printed book (video)

"It pays itself back in dividends": NASA and MediaWiki, a natural pairing

From May 5th by Joe Sutherland and Victor Grigas

The wiki’s importance to the team became clear when the unthinkable happened—the team’s server crashed. It was then that the group realized how fundamental this wiki project, launched by three engineers and grown by countless others, had become in their daily routines.

OpenPGP conference call for presentations: Please submit abstracts by June 15th

From May 31st by Erwin Hoffmann, Hans-Christoph Steiner, and Marcus Brinkmann

OpenPGP.conf is a conference for users and implementers of the OpenPGP protocol, the popular standard for encrypted email communication and protection of data at rest. The conference shall give users and implementers of OpenPGP based systems an overview of the current state of use and provide in-depth information on technical aspects.

Potential speakers are expected to submit an extended abstract covering one of the topics listed on the linked page below. Full papers are not required but will be accepted as an addition.

SeaGL 2016 call for presentations: Deadline is midnight PDT, August 1st

Calling all speakers! 2016 Call for Participation is open!

SeaGL welcomes speakers of various backgrounds and levels of experience – even if you’ve never spoken at a technical conference. If you’re excited about GNU/Linux technologies or free software, we want to hear your ideas.

Announcing the Debut of LAS GNOME Conference in Portland, OR

From May 18th

The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the Libre Application Summit — hosted by GNOME (LAS GNOME), which will be held on September 19 – 23 in Portland, Oregon. LAS GNOME is a new conference that aims to advance the state of the GNU/Linux application ecosystem by increasing collaboration with the Linux Kernel and major GNU/Linux distributions, and by attracting and empowering application developers both big and small.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

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, June 3rd from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: PlayOgg

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 the PlayOgg page, which connects listeners to sites supporting the free and patent-unencumbered Ogg audio and video formats. The resource has been moved from fsf.org to the LibrePlanet wiki to facilitate community management. Help us build it:

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

GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty-seven new GNU releases!

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 http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month, we welcome Mohd Isam as the maintainer of the new package Fontopia, Peter Cherepanov as the new maintainer of GGradebook, Tom Cato Amundsen as a returning maintainer of Solfege, and Leah Rowe as the maintainer of the newly dubbed GNU Libreboot.

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.

If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see https://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.

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:

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:

  • David Potter
  • David Klann
  • Aaron Conole
  • Donald and Jill Knuth

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

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:

  • Zhouyi Zhou (gcc)
  • Sebastian Mueller (GNU Radio)
  • Stefan Wunsch (GNU Radio)
  • Manish Shailesh Goregaokar (GDB)
  • Ayush Goel (gcc)
  • Myles English (Emacs)

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.

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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