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Free Software Supporter - Issue 113, September 2017

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Aug 07, 2017 12:06 PM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 159,068 other activists. That's 2,040 more than last month!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF at DebConf17: John & Molly take Montreal
  • Happy 20th birthday to the GNOME Project
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews David Rosca of QupZilla
  • May and June 2017: Photos from Richard Stallman's talks in Curitiba and Brasilia
  • Richard Stallman – the freedom defender whom we may not deserve but definitely need
  • Are Internet standards standing in the way of digital accessibility?
  • Technoethical T400s review
  • Ethereum Foundation recommends against EME measures
  • Software Freedom Conservancy announces North Bay Python Conference
  • Summer FSF internship wrapup
  • GNU Press spotlight: Collapsable FSF totes are totally terrific
  • August Free Software Directory meeting recaps
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Group: Translation
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Fifteen new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain update: Support GNU Toolchain
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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FSF at DebConf17: John & Molly take Montreal

From August 28th by Molly de Blanc

FSF Executive Director John Sullivan and Campaigns Manager Molly de Blanc delivered talks disputing the claim that GNU Public License (GPL) use is in decline, explaining the Respects Your Freedom certification program, and discussing how to extend free software use and advocacy to a wider community. Videos for the talks are linked below.

Happy 20th birthday to the GNOME Project

From August 15th by GNOME

Today, the GNOME Project proudly celebrated its 20th birthday. Founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero on August 15, 1997, GNOME has since become a pillar of the free software community.

The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews David Rosca of QupZilla

From August 15th

QupZilla, currently at version 2.1.2, is a free software Web browser using the new and very fast QtWebEngine browser. It aims to be a lightweight Web browser available through all major platforms. This project was originally started only for educational purposes by a lone developer, David Rosca, and since then, QupZilla has grown into a feature-rich browser.

May and June 2017: Photos from Richard Stallman's talks in Curitiba and Brasilia

From August 1st

RMS was in Brazil from late May to mid-June. In addition to speaking in Belo Horizonte, on May 29th, he visited Campinas, where he gave a free-standing speech, “Your Freedom as a User of Computers and Cell Phones,” on May 31st, at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas. He then went on to Curitiba, where he was a guest of the Universidade Federal do Paraná.

Richard Stallman – the freedom defender whom we may not deserve but definitely need

From August 29th by Alok Soni

Richard Matthew Stallman, the subject of this week’s Techie Tuesdays, is a unique force to reckon with. As the founder of the FSF and the GNU Project, he has done more for the free software movement and for humanity than most.

Are Internet standards standing in the way of digital accessibility?

From August 3rd by David M. Perry

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been engaged in a debate about whether the next generation of online videos will be accessible. If we don't want to be forced to choose between excluding disabled users or taking tens of thousands of videos away from the public, the W3C had better get this one right.

Technoethical T400s review

From August 19th by Franz Gratzer

I am very excited that you can actually order hardware nowadays that others have checked for best compatibility already. Since my old laptop got very unreliable recently I wanted to do better this time and I went for the Technoethical T400s, which comes pre-installed with Trisquel. I am very pleased with the excellent customer care and the quality of the laptop itself.

Ethereum Foundation recommends against EME measures

From August 23rd by Jeremy Nation

On August 21, 2017, the Ethereum Foundation issued a statement in opposition to the publication of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a W3C Recommendation. The Ethereum Foundation is a member of the W3C, and according to the statement, it objects to EME and Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) in general, as many of its developers conduct security research and build Web technology.

Software Freedom Conservancy announces North Bay Python Conference

From August 16th by Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy announced on August 16th that North Bay Python, a regional conference in Petaluma, California designed to be inclusive and affordable, has become Conservancy’s first member project dedicated to organizing community events. Conservancy, a public charity focused on ethical technology, is home to over forty member projects dedicated to developing and promoting free and open source software.

Summer FSF internship wrapup

From August 16th and 17th

Two talented young programmers interned with our systems administration team in the summer of 2017. In these blogs, they describe their contributions to the encryption schema of the GNU server cluster, an audit of existing infrastructure, LibreJS, JSHint, and other projects. Thanks, Andrew and Ethan!

GNU Press spotlight: Collapsable FSF totes are totally terrific

Show your support for free software, and carry your groceries in style! Our tote bags are spacious and tough enough to lug everything from six-packs to laptops, but fold up to about the size of a baseball, so you can take your tote along everywhere you go and unfold it at a moment's notice.

August Free Software Directory meeting recaps

Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at the August 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.

August 11 meeting

August 18 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. Freenode is accessible from any IRC client -- Everyone's welcome!

The next meeting is Friday, September 8th from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Group: Translation

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 Group: Translation page, which collects together the international translators who ensure that free software activists all over the world can share information about free software in their own language. 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: Fifteen 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.

GNU Toolchain update: Support GNU Toolchain

Donate to support the GNU Toolchain, a collection of foundational freely licensed software development tools including the GNU C Compiler collection (GCC), the GNU C Library (glibc), and the GNU Debugger (GDB).

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 coming up:

Other FSF and free software 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:

  • Chase Kelley
  • CSATS Inc.
  • John Sullivan
  • Marinos Yannikos
  • René Genz

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:

  • Adam Porter (Emacs)
  • Andrew Moore (Emacs)
  • Bart Bakker (Emacs)
  • Damian Miralles (GNU Radio)
  • Jay Kamat (Emacs)
  • Juan Manuel Guerrero (gawk)
  • Kevin Gentile (GNU Radio)
  • Matthew Justin Bauer (Emacs)
  • Ruskan Kabatsayev (GDB)
  • Toshinobu Sugioka (GDB)

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

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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