Fall Bulletin: Package management, e-books, AGPL, and more
As we reach the close of another year of fighting for free software, and in what is for many people the most turbulent of times, we have finalized another Free Software Foundation Bulletin. Our biannual magazine is printed as well as presented online – if you've received it in the mail, we encourage you to post a picture on social media with #fsfbulletin!
This issue has articles which touch on every aspect of the free software community. The first shines a light on a problem with licensing free software programming-language-specific package managers, FSF web developer Michael McMahon leaves us with some ideas for how to approach it. FSF campaigns manager Greg Farough interviewed Nantucket E-Books about their platform, which makes it easier for authors to create and share really great e-books in freedom and without DRM. We've also included a community-focused address from our president Geoff Knauth, an article about everything you've always wanted to know about the AGPL, and more!
This publication, and many others, are only possible because of the dedication of FSF associate members and generous donors. There’s no better time than the present to make a commitment to a world where all software respects our freedom and dignity by becoming an FSF associate member. As of today, we are just over a quarter of the way to our year-end goal. With an FSF membership you can help us reach 500 new associate members before December 31, and receive many useful member benefits, including access to our instance of Jitsi Meet for videoconferencing in freedom!
Overcoming challenges, and celebrating successes is what free software is about, and we hope this Bulletin inspires you to start a new project, license your project under a free software license, or to start the conversation with your loved ones by leaving them the paper version of the magazine, or putting it in a public place where people will see it -- and learn about software freedom in the process.