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Improvements to the FSF homepage

by Greg Farough Contributions Published on Oct 07, 2020 04:18 PM

As part of our birthday plans, we've been focusing on the successes the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has had over the last thirty-five years in our work for software freedom. This has also given us a reason to start making ambitious plans for the future, including some much needed improvements to the FSF Web site.

Having a Web site that's both responsive and respects its users' freedom can be challenging. At the FSF, we don't shy away from hard work, and we carefully vet both the software we use and the software we serve, making sure that the JavaScript we provide to end users of our site doesn't deprive them of important freedoms. We want both our associate members and anyone still unfamiliar with the organization to be able to find the information they're looking for quickly. This is a process that will take some time for us to complete, as it involves the careful reorganizing of years of blog posts, press announcements, free software resources, and other important pages, all while keeping the associated hyperlinks intact.

As the FSF Web site is how many first learn about free software and the free software movement, we deeply appreciate your donations to ensure that we have the resources we need to help others learn. Our 35th anniversary is the perfect time to show your support for the FSF and our mission, and will provide us with the resources we need to hire free software-friendly designers to help us take the next steps in our redesign.

We worked with Plone experts Six Feet Up to make some initial improvements, while we work on a bigger plan for the future. Mobile responsiveness is likely the biggest change, and, on top of the cosmetic changes you've likely already noticed, like quick access to the shop and take action items, we also made our feeds a little more robust. These improvements will help the FSF campaigns team highlight important publications and developments in our software freedom advocacy.

In the interest of making it easier for newcomers to learn more about the FSF, our initiatives, and our mission, we've also grouped together some common and popular projects of ours, including Defective by Design, the Email Self-Defense Guide, and the Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification program. This is the first in a series of changes we plan on making to the core structure of the FSF Web site. Keep an eye out for changes in the campaigns pages in the near future. We will be highlighting the distinction between the most timely active campaigns and those that instead draw attention to perennial issues.

If you have any feedback on the changes, please write to us at We're looking forward to hearing from you!

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