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Free Software Supporter - Issue 110, June 2017

Автор: Free Software Foundation Published on 2017-05-25 16:30
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 145,836 other activists.
Activists protesting DRM at the World Wide Web Consortium.

Leaders needed for the International Day Against DRM

In the last year, the companies that profit from Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) have continued trying to expand the system of law and technology that weakens our security and curtails our rights.

But since the last International Day Against DRM, the TPP trade agreement—a key pro-DRM initiative—crashed and burned. Our allies at the Electronic Frontier Foundation brought major legal and regulatory challenges against DRM in Washington, DC. And an unprecedented movement has risen up against an attempt to add DRM to Web standards.

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, we will channel this momentum into the International Day Against DRM. We'll be gathering, protesting, and making—showing the world that we insist on a future without Digital Restrictions Management. Will you be a leader and get your community involved in the Day Against DRM? Visit dayagainstdrm.org now to get involved.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Call for volunteers: FSF Spring Fundraiser Envelope Stuff-A-Thon
  • As the Web's inventor flirts with disaster, Boston artists marched against DRM
  • RMS comment on GPL enforcement
  • Reintroducing Theodore Teah, Copyright and Licensing Associate
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews the MegaGlest Project
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews AJ Jordon of gplenforced.org
  • Free software video streaming: HUBAngl powered LibrePlanet 2017
  • How the TC Heartland decision helps free software
  • GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 to be hosted in Chongqing China
  • Replicant 6.0 released
  • GNU Guix and GuixSD 0.13.0 released
  • May Free Software Directory recaps
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Teams
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Sixteen 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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Call for volunteers: FSF Spring Fundraiser Envelope Stuff-A-Thon

From May 31st

Our Spring Fundraising Mailing Envelope Stuff-A-Thon is coming up! WE NEED YOU to make our Spring mailing a reality: it's THE key part of the Spring fundraiser, which is integral to sustaining our efforts to secure software freedom. Come to the FSF office and stuff envelopes along with fellow community members and VERY grateful staff. We are scheduling volunteer shifts on Monday through Thursday, June 5th through 8th. YES, we will feed you -- lunch and dinner breaks include lunch and dinner. If you can make it, please sign up here https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/event/info?id=69&reset=1.

As the Web's inventor flirts with disaster, Boston artists marched against DRM

From May 9th

As Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee considers allowing corporate interests to change its underlying technology, extending their ability to control users' computers with DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), undermining Internet freedom, and exposing people to surveillance and criminal threats online, people around the world are placing hundreds of phone calls urging him not to allow the change. In May a small artist-led group called Ethics in Tech took things to the next level by marching to Berners-Lee's office in Cambridge, MA, to demand he heed the call of human rights groups, tens of thousands of Web users, and his fellow Web pioneers: reject DRM in Web standards and stand up for the free, fair Web that everyone except a handful of big companies wants.

RMS comment on GPL enforcement

From May 11th by Richard Stallman

Bradley Kuhn's talk at LibrePlanet 2017 on enforcing the GNU GPL at the Software Freedom Conservancy explains the challenge of enforcing the GPL against today's violators. The Conservancy provides various kinds of administrative services for free software projects, while promoting the free software ethical ideals and the use of copyleft. It also does GPL enforcement for Linux and some other non-GNU, GPL-covered software packages. In doing so, it undertakes a crucial job. The FSF urges people to become supporters of the Conservancy.

Reintroducing Theodore Teah - Copyright and Licensing Associate

From May 5th

I started with the Free Software Foundation (FSF) while completing my doctoral course work in Sociology at Boston University, back in the early 2000s. During those formative years, I learned the importance of freedom when it comes to talking about software as the FSF copyright assignment administrator and the Free Software Directory maintainer. Leaving the FSF, I trained as a trial lawyer. I worked at the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Children and Family Law Program. Although I felt my work was important, something left me longing. When the opportunity presented itself to return to the FSF I jumped at it. As the copyright and licensing associate, I coordinate all of the software copyright documents for the FSF. Also, I work on analyzing discrepancies in copyright and generally working to ensure the protection necessary for the enforceability of FSF copyrights. This is a very exciting time for free software and I am amped to be a part of it!

The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews the MegaGlest Project

From April 27th

This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their work. In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with the MegaGlest Project. MegaGlest, currently at version 3.12, is a free software real-time strategy computer game set in a fantasy world, mixing elements of re-imagined past civilizations, magic, and steampunk.

The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews AJ Jordon of gplenforced.org

From May 24th

This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their work. In this edition, we interviewed AJ Jordon, the founder of gplenforced.org, a project for hosting easy to use badges for copyleft licenses. By using the badge, a project can share their values and the importance of copyleft enforcement with all their users.

Free software video streaming: HUBAngl powered LibrePlanet 2017

From May 10th by David Testé

This guest post by David Testé discusses the video streaming package he debuted at LibrePlanet 2016, while a Free Software Foundation (FSF) intern. The new version was deployed at LibrePlanet 2017. During LibrePlanet 2016, the ABYSS package was used to livestream sessions from the conference. This year, at LibrePlanet 2017, we used a new version of this free package...with a new name. It's now called HUBAngl, which stands for HUBAngl Uses Broadcaster Angle. HUBAngl was used for LibrePlanet 2017, successfully streaming and recording around 50 sessions. Those sessions are already available on the LibrePlanet's GNU MediaGoblin instance.

How the TC Heartland decision helps free software

From May 23rd by Software Freedom Conservancy

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court published a decision that is likely to make it harder for patent holders to use frivolous infringement lawsuits to extort settlement fees. In the TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC case, the Court ruled that patent holders can only file suit in the jurisdiction where the alleged infringer is incorporated. Prior to TC Heartland, US patent holders had more flexibility to file suit in multiple jurisdictions, and as a result would often select seemingly unrelated jurisdictions for strategic reasons.

GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 to be hosted in Chongqing China

From May 24th by GNOME.Asia

The GNOME.Asia Committee is proud to announce that the upcoming GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 will be hosted in Chongqing, China on October 14-October 16. GNOME.Asia Summit will provide great opportunities to learn and exchange ideas about free technologies as well as to meet and talk with other contributors and users face to face.

Replicant 6.0 released

From May 13th by Wolfgang Wiedmeyer

Over the last one and a half years, a lot of work has been done to move Replicant to a new version and to add new features. Everything started with a forum post in January 2016 that documented the initial efforts to get Replicant 6.0 somehow working on a Galaxy S3. Development continued through the first half of 2016, however by far most of the work was done from September 2016 onwards. As an additional release goal, a complete wiki overhaul was completed over the last two months. Besides updating outdated pages and a general cleanup, a lot of new documentation is now available for users and developers alike. We hope the new release will attract more developers, so that we can tackle some of the tasks we have been facing for a long time. If you want to support Replicant, please visit https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=19.

GNU Guix and GuixSD 0.13.0 released

From May 22nd by Ludovic Courtès

We are pleased to announce the new release of GNU Guix and GuixSD, version 0.13.0! The release comes with GuixSD USB installation images, a virtual machine image of GuixSD, and with tarballs to install the package manager on top of your GNU/Linux distro, either from source or from binaries. GNU Guix is a transactional package manager for the GNU system. The Guix System Distribution or GuixSD is an advanced distribution of the GNU system that relies on GNU Guix and respects the user's freedom. If you want to support Guix, please visit https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/donate/.

May Free Software Directory meeting recaps

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

May 5th meeting

May 12th meeting

May 19th 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.freenode.org, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone's welcome.

The next meeting is Friday, June 2nd from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Teams

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 teams, which are part of a global network of groups organized by geographical region or school all working together for free software in accordance with the LibrePlanet project's mission statement and code of conduct. The LibrePlanet wiki is here to leverage that vast network of free software communities and provide the infrastructure to catalogue them all and build a network of support around them. You are invited to adopt, spread and improve this important resource -- Join an existing team or start a new one today!

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

GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Sixteen new GNU releases!

16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of May 25, 2017):

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 Bernhard Voelker as a new co-maintainer of GNU Findutils and John Darrington as maintainer of the new package GNU spread-sheet-widget.

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:

Other FSF events

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:

  • Colin Klingman
  • David Klann
  • David Potter
  • Minoru Sekine

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:

  • Ruslan Bekenev (Emacs)
  • Josh Elsasser (Emacs)
  • William Gilbert (Emacs)
  • Luis Gustavo (GCC, GDB, binutils, glibc)
  • Tak Kunihiro (Emacs)
  • Johannes Pfau (GCC)
  • Avinash Sonawane (Wget)
  • Shujing Zhao (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 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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