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Free Software Supporter Issue 97, May 2016

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on May 03, 2016 10:12 AM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 106,523 other activists.

Free Software Foundation (FSF) job opportunity: Operations Assistant

From April 21st

We are hiring a full-time Boston-based Operations Assistant. This position works closely with FSF staff and management to ensure all administrative functions of the FSF run smoothly and efficiently, preserving our 4-star Charity Navigator rating and boosting all areas of our work.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • International Day Against DRM was May 3rd -- Did you join in the action?
  • As part of the International Day Against DRM, April is republishing a video on the issue of e-books and DRM
  • GNU releases ethical evaluations of code-hosting services
  • Interpreting, enforcing and changing the GNU GPL, as applied to combining Linux and ZFS
  • FSF confirms Conservancy's analysis & urges ZFS copyright holders to license under GPL
  • Hundreds explore ways to Fork the System with free software at LibrePlanet 2016
  • We called on the community to comment on the U.S. Federal Source Code Policy
  • New article by RMS, "When free software depends on non-free"
  • Richard Stallman, recipient of the ACM Software System Award for the development and leadership of GCC
  • It isn't just the DMCA that is broken beyond repair: Copyright Office refuses FSF comments
  • NY bill would provide tax credit for free software contributors
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Transcribing & Translating LibrePlanet 2016 Videos
  • LibrePlanet 2016: a speaker's story
  • My LibrePlanet experience: A road trip
  • GCC 6 release series
  • Don’t listen to the IT giants: Eben Moglen
  • EU jeopardizes its own goals in standardization with FRAND licensing
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: twenty new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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International Day Against DRM was May 3rd -- Did you join in the action?

From April 29th

This was the tenth anniversary of the Day. Participants in over eleven cities took part at one of the planned events. With online and on the ground support from participating organizations such as FSF India, FSF Europe, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, LibreOffice, O'Reilly, Open Technology Institute, April, FossBSD, SFLC India, CEATA, and various publishers that do not use DRM. A recap post celebrating the Day is coming soon.

As part of the International Day Against DRM, April republished a video on the issue of e-books and DRM

From May 2nd

DRM greatly reduces readers' rights, and is what makes an e-book different from a printed book in terms of user freedom. With a DRM-free e-book, the user has essentially the same rights as with printed books (the ability to lend them, to read them as many times as s/he wishes, anywhere, and on any device, etc.), while with a DRM-locked e-book, the user has but limited rights. Please view, share, and re-share this video, in support of computing freedom, and to help us continue to raise public awareness of the restrictions' insidious attacks on computer users' freedom.

GNU releases ethical evaluations of code-hosting services

From April 25th

The FSF and the GNU Project announced evaluations of several major repository-hosting services according to the standards of the GNU Ethical Criteria for Code Repositories. Released in 2015, these criteria grade code-hosting services for their commitment to user privacy and freedom. At the time of publication, Savannah and GitLab have met or surpassed the baseline standards of the criteria.

Interpreting, enforcing, and changing the GNU GPL, as applied to combining Linux and ZFS

From April 11th

The FSF's statement by Richard M. Stallman explains why the current license of ZFS prevents it from being combined with Linux. To reach that conclusion, the statement covers all the necessary background for understanding license incompatibilities and violations in general.

FSF confirms Conservancy's analysis & urges ZFS copyright holders to license under GPL

From April 11th by Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler

Conservancy, now joined by the FSF, continues to call on copyright holders of ZFS to end the licensing problems and simply grant permission under GPL for ZFS' inclusion in Linux. Without such permission, users who seek to combine Linux and ZFS live in a precarious situation without the necessary copyright permissions to exercise their software freedom.

Hundreds explore ways to Fork the System with free software at LibrePlanet 2016

From March 23rd

The 2016 LibrePlanet free software conference drew nearly 350 activists from around the world to discuss issues of freedom, privacy, and security in computing. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and ACLU technologist Daniel Kahn Gillmor discussed "The last lighthouse: free software in dark times" in an opening keynote before a brimming audience at MIT's Stata Center, with hundreds of remote participants tuning in online.

We called on the community to comment on the U.S. Federal Source Code Policy

From April 15th

The proposal could be a big step in the right direction for the U.S., and in our comment, we suggest several improvements.

New article by RMS, "When free software depends on non-free"

From April 8th

Richard Stallman's latest article discusses different kinds of free software "traps" -- when a free program's use depends unavoidably on a nonfree program -- including the subtle but nefarious problem in which upgrading a free program requires using a nonfree programs. Stallman's various examples of different kinds of traps will help you be able to recognize them, and as he concludes in the article, "all it takes to avoid the trap is to recognize it."

Richard Stallman receives the ACM Software System Award for the development and leadership of GCC

From April 27th

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced the recipients of four prestigious technical awards. These innovators were selected by their peers for making significant contributions that enable the computing field to solve real-world challenges. The awards reflect achievements in cryptography, network coding systems, computer-human interaction, and software systems. The 2015 recipients will be formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 11 in San Francisco.

It isn't just the DMCA that is broken beyond repair: Copyright Office refuses FSF comments

From April 29th

In February, the Defective By Design team asked for your help in sending a simple message: the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA and attendant triennial exemptions process are broken beyond repair. You answered the call in a big way. On March 3rd, a group of activists delivered a comment to the U.S. Copyright Office with over twelve-hundred co-signers.

NY bill would provide tax credit for free software contributors

From March 18th by Ben Cotton

What many people don't consider is that developing free software has a cost, too. Many developers purchase extra hardware for testing or pay for code hosting, a website, etc. A pending bill in the New York Senate aims to help offset those costs.

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 categories 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 6th, from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Transcribing & Translating LibrePlanet 2016 Videos

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 Transcribing & Translating LibrePlanet 2016 Videos, which provides information on transcribing the videos to provide closed caption and a source for translating the transcriptions for our multilingual 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.

#LibrePlanet 2016: a speaker's story

From March 31st by Judy Gichoya

Throughout the conference I wondered, how can we make free software? Are corporations like Microsoft that provide Windows as a proprietary system evil people not to be trusted? What happens when life catches up and free software enthusiasts turn to parents and need more secure jobs. How does this transition occur? I do not claim expertise in free software, but I see a fundamental challenge of advocating for free software.

My LibrePlanet experience: A road trip

From April 3rd by Lillian Lemmer

A story about a speaker's road trip from Minneapolis, MN to Cambridge, MA for LibrePlanet, to give a talk entitled, "Trans Code: Free software as model & critique of diversity by transgender hackers."

GCC 6 release series

From April 27th

This release is a major release, containing new features (as well as many other improvements) relative to GCC 5.x.

Don’t listen to the IT giants: Eben Moglen

From April 30th by Eben Moglen

The Indian government has rightly rested its Digital India initiative on a series of measures to liberalize the economy. One of those measures of free-market wisdom, however, the usual government-cheering section suddenly seems to be irrationally against. The Prime Minister of India will be receiving from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on April 30 a report on the Patent Office’s Computer-Related Inventions Guidelines (CRI), in which parties who usually applaud free-market measures are horrified to discover that Section 3(k) of the Patent Act really does prohibit government-awarded monopolies in software, and that the controller of patents is implementing the statutory command.

EU jeopardizes its own goals in standardization with FRAND licensing

From April 28th by FSFE

Communication sets a positive direction towards the promotion of Open Standards and the inclusion of Free Software communities into the standardisation, this direction may be seriously limited if the Commission fails to acknowledge the incompatibility of FRAND licensing terms with Free Software licenses.

GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: twenty 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 Russell Hyer as a new co-maintainer of GNU PDF.

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 this month:

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:

  • Pariksheet Nanda
  • Donnie Pennington
  • Tuxera Inc
  • Mirko Luedde
  • Cătălin Frâncu
  • Edward Flick
  • Geoffrey Knauth

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:

  • Jun Hao (Emacs)
  • Scylla DB Ltd. (gcc)
  • Bertrand Dekoninc (GNUstep)
  • momomo5717 (Emacs MultiMedia System)
  • Agustina Arzille (GNU Mach)
  • Igor Vladimirovich Kudrin (GNU Binutils)
  • Mattias Mikael Eric Andree (Coreutils)

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

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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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