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Free Software Supporter - Issue 105, January 2017

Автор: Free Software Foundation Published on 2016-12-23 10:48
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update — being read by you and 128,428 other activists. That's 2,931 more than last month!

LibrePlanet 2017 keynote announcement: Author and tech activist Cory Doctorow

From December 22nd

We announced that Cory Doctorow will be a keynote speaker at LibrePlanet, the annual free software conference, on Sunday, March 26th, 2017. Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of many books, most recently In Real Life, a graphic novel; Information Doesn't Want to be Free, a book about earning a living in the Internet age; and Homeland, the award-winning, best-selling sequel to the 2008 young adult novel Little Brother. Register today for the LibrePlanet Conference!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Licensing resource series: The most popular resources for 2016
  • Catch up with photos and stories from RMS travels and events
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Björn Schießle of Nextcloud
  • Messages from RMS, staff and community on why we support the Free Software Foundation
  • Be the envy of the Internet with a shiny FSF member badge
  • LibrePlanet will return to MIT thanks to SIPB, March 25-26, 2017
  • We called for support to the Talos Secure Workstation crowdfunding campaign
  • Software freedom after Trump
  • GCC 6 Release Series
  • Catching up with Godot: An interview with Juan Linietsky
  • The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) summit report in a nutshell
  • December Free Software Directory meeting recaps
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Free software-related podcasts/oggcasts
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty-four 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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Licensing resource series: The most popular resources for 2016

From December 29th

With 2016 over, we thought it would be interesting to look back on the resources that garnered the most attention throughout the year. While this series generally focuses on drawing attention to perhaps lesser known and older resources, we wanted to end the year by looking back on resources that many users already know and love.

Catch up with photos and stories from RMS travels and events

From December 25th

November 2016: Photos from the European Dialogues, Pamplona, San Sebastián

From December 28th

November 2016: Photos from speeches for Podemos: Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Seville

From December 29th

November 2016: Photos from Barcelona, Seville, Salamanca, Alcalá de Henares

The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Björn Schießle of Nextcloud

From December 29th

In the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works, we conducted an interview with Björn Schießle of Nextcloud.

Messages from RMS, staff and community on why we support the Free Software Foundation

From December 29th

Here are some thoughts from Richard M. Stallman, President of the FSF, on why people support the FSF and what we might be able to do next.

From December 20th

2017 will matter for anti-DRM

From December 14th

Support the FSF Licensing Team & its volunteers

Socks, stickers, and freedom: Support the Free Software Foundation!

From December 7th

Be the envy of the Internet with a shiny FSF member badge

From December 23rd

Associate members are the roots of the Free Software Foundation. To recognize their contribution to computer user freedom, the FSF offers membership benefits like a digital "member since" badge. The badge just got a new look for 2017. Join as a member today and receive your badge as well as free entry to LibrePlanet 2017.

LibrePlanet will return to MIT thanks to SIPB, March 25-26, 2017

From December 21st

The annual free software conference LibrePlanet will return to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — thanks to MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) — Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th, 2017.

We called for support to the Talos Secure Workstation crowdfunding campaign

December 13th

Raptor Computing Systems was crowdfunding on Crowd Supply to produce, from the ground up, a high-powered computer with no proprietary software or firmware blobs called the Talos Secure Workstation. Check out what they are seeking to build.

Software freedom after Trump

From December 29th by Karen Sandler

After all of this deep reflection, the values and the mission of software freedom have never seemed more important. Specifically, there are a few core pieces of Conservancy’s mission and activities that are particularly relevant in this era of Trump.

GCC 6 release Series

From December 21st

The GNU Project and the GCC developers are pleased to announce the release of GCC 6.3.

Catching up with Godot: An interview with Juan Linietsky

From December 13th by Christopher Allan Webber

Godot is a multi-platform engine for 2D and 3D games. It provides common functionality for graphics, audio, physics, and more, so game developers can build on top of a solid foundation and spend more time working on the unique parts of their game. Christopher Allan Webber, co-maintainer of GNU MediaGoblin, sat down to learn more about Godot with one of the core developers, Juan Linietsky. Recently Linietsky’s been working on a new graphics renderer for Godot.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) summit report in a nutshell

From December 13th by FSFE

From September 2nd to 4th, the FSFE organised its first ever summit to bring together the pan-European community and Fellows for a whole weekend and to discuss contemporary and important issues regarding software freedom.

December Free Software Directory meeting recaps

Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at the December Free Software Directory meetings. Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.gnu.org to help improve the Free Software Directory.

December 2nd meeting

December 9th meeting

December 16th meeting

December 23rd meeting

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, January 6th from 12pm to 3pm EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Free software-related podcasts/oggcasts

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 free software-related podcasts/oggcasts, which provide a place for you to share with the community pod/oggcasts that you listen to. 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: Twenty-four 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 https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

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 and next:

Other FSF and free software events

John Sullivan has the following event in February:

Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, and 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:

  • Gary Stimson
  • Roland Pesch
  • Dangerous Things
  • hiroo yamagata
  • Conan Chiles
  • Inouye Satoru
  • Ben Simmonds
  • Matthias Herrmann
  • Wade Brainerd
  • Steve Sprang
  • Stephanie Ogden
  • Nicolas Pottier
  • Paul Eggert
  • Sean Russell
  • Alison Chaiken
  • Xavier ALT
  • Salim Badakhchani
  • Puduvankunnil Udayakumar
  • Nikolay Ksenev
  • Bijan Soleymani
  • Andrew Fox
  • ivo Welch
  • Bashar Al-Abdulhadi
  • Marcus Pemer
  • Daniel Riek
  • René Genz
  • Steven Dick
  • Allen Curtis
  • Peter Kunze
  • Pablo Adrian Nieto
  • Douglas Hauge
  • Freddie O'Connell
  • Gregory Maxwell
  • Brett Holleman
  • David Moews

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:

  • Dimitar Danchev Dimitrov (GCC, GDB, and binutils)
  • David Lawrence Hull (Emacs)
  • Kurucsai Istvan (glibc)

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 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 campaigns section (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), free software adoption, OpenDocument, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and more.

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