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by Peter Brown, Executive Director
Action Alert: Corporate lobbyists are attempting to impose a stricter copyright regime in Canada and to silence opposition views.
Development of Gnash is being supported by PubSoft and John Gilmore.
AcaWiki is a promising new project to build a body of scientific knowledge that is free to use, study, improve, and redistribute. Instead of waiting for journals to make papers more available, they're building a free equivalent that will be just as useful.
A free software supporter alerted us to a crippled version of GNU/Linux shipping on some of Acer's netbooks.
Thanks to the European Commission's antitrust like activities, European citizens will soon be presented with a ballot choice between twelve browsers when first using a newly purchased computer preloaded with the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Join the Free Software Foundation and FLOSS Manuals March 21st-22nd book sprint, "Introduction to the Command Line"
The latest FSF Bulletin for Fall 2009 is now online . For this semester's update in free software and free software activism, check it out.
We're happy to welcome Max Shinn, joining us as part of our newly launched internship program. More information about the program is at http://fsf.org/volunteer/internships.
The contest deadline is March 28th.
With video streaming site Dailymotion offering the free Ogg Theora video format, FSF urges other video sites to follow.
Microsoft comes to the Boston area, like a bad uninvited dinner guest in this guest blog by Mark Northfist.
This is a response to an article by John Carroll, addressing his criticisms of the FSF's opposition to Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).
We're looking for a few good interns, to work with the FSF from roughly August 31st to December 4th.
We held our 2nd International GPLv3 Conference during the 7th International Free Software Forum.
OpenStreetMap and Sahana are two free software projects that are facilitating aid to Haiti.
Free Software advocacy associations April (France/Belgium) and Associazione per il software libero (Italy) have launched a joint campaign aimed at the European Parliament elections in early June. The campaign invites citizens to ask candidates to sign the Free Software Pact.
As of 2016, this credit card program has been cancelled. Thanks to all who supported the FSF in this way.
Xander Vedejas (xvedejas) has been selected as the GNU Generation Member of the Month for September!
Progress in developing Gnash, the free software Flash movie player, is happening fast, with the next release planned for April 2007 sometime.
Bob Naugle's final report on the Gnash "Summerbash" internship.
Bob Naugle's update report on the Gnash "Summerbash" internship.
We're happy to welcome Bob Naugle, who is a Gnash intern we are sponsoring over the Summer.
This release features the return of 3D acceleration -- as free software.
The company Los Alamos Computers is now offering systems preinstalled with gNewSense, the fully free GNU/Linux operating system distribution.
by Max Shinn, campaigns intern
The GNU Generation Member of the Month for November is Heroid Shehu!
Dara Adib (daradib) has been selected as October's GNU Generation Member of the Month!
GNU Generation is a new project sponsored by the Free Software Foundation to involve high school age pre-university students (approximately ages 13-18) in free software. By Max Shinn, Campaigns Intern 2009.
The GNU Generation member of the month for December 2009 is Steven DuBois!
With its purchase of the On2 video compression technology company having been completed on Wednesday February 16, 2010, Google now has the opportunity to make free video formats the standard, freeing the web from both Flash and the proprietary H.264 codec.
After several years of trying, members of the Doom community have succeeded in getting the source code to Heretic and its sequel, Hexen to be re-released as free software under the GNU General Public License.
Guest blogger Adam Hyde of FLOSS Manuals writes about the production of the new textbook, Introduction to the Command Line.
Introducing Holmes Wilson, the new campaigns manager.
The iPhone will be a walled garden.
What could possibly be better than working on a challenging free software project and helping to create something of real value to your community?
Minutes from the summit and next steps
We're happy to announce that credit cards with the FSF logo are now available with 3 new images.
Just a quick update to our OpenDocument campaign, with news that Microsoft Office has added support for ODF, but in a state that leaves it incompatible with every other ODF capable application out there, including OpenOffice.org and KOffice.
The OpenDocument format (ODF) is a format for electronic office documents, such as spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word-processing documents. The OpenDocument format is supported by free software applications such as OpenOffice.org, AbiWord and KOffice.
Thanks for coming to celebrate with us!
When Richard Stallman learned that a compiler architect from ATI would be speaking at MIT, he immediately started organizing a protest against ATI's damaging free software policies.
We're happy to welcome Sarah, joining us as part of our newly launched internship program. More information about the program is at http://fsf.org/volunteer/internships.
There are many services that will host your project's source code, mailing lists and bug trackers. While very few of these services charge for their services, most of them are built on proprietary software. Worse, some of them have started adding adverts for proprietary software in their mailing lists, or refusing projects with certain free software licenses.
The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case that could give the free software community (and software developers everywhere) a huge win in the fight against software patents. Free Software Foundation executive director Peter Brown was on the scene, and reflects on the Bilski case, the oral arguments, and the desperate need for change.
We're happy to welcome Tal, joining our campaigns team as part of our internship program. More information about the program is at http://fsf.org/volunteer/internships.
What if buying a new car were like using nonfree software?
FSF volunteer and <a href="http://groups.fsf.org/wiki/Group:GNU_Generation">GNU Generation</a> member Osama Khalid just launched a great tool: <a href="http://tinyogg.com/">TinyOgg</a>. TinyOgg takes in a link to a Flash video (boo!) and spits out a link to an Ogg video (hooray!).</p>
Does your university require you to use nonfree software to access their network?
Comments are due on February 18th at 5pm Eastern time (extended from the original February 16th deadline).
The rock-solid, cross-platform, Ogg-friendly free software video player hits a huge milestone -- and the FSF salutes them.
Update: WBUR now streaming in Ogg!
This is the second in a series of articles detailing threats Apple's iPhone poses to free software and user freedom.
Our campaign for computer user freedom, Windows 7 Sins, now has 6 language translations available with several more on the way.
A teaser video from Wednesday's launch of the Windows 7 Sins campaign in Boston. More on the way!
GNOME's Summer outreach program and FSF's LibrePlanet conference highlight women's participation in free software
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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently appointed Jeff Jaffe as their new Chief Executive Officer. Jeff had most recently worked as Chief Technology Officer at Novell.
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My thoughts on the Women's Caucus we held on Sunday and a few of the inspiring women who participated.
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After many successful months of GNU Generation, GNU Generation 2.0 was officially announced at LibrePlanet 2010. This builds upon the original GNU Generation by lowering the entry barrier to free software contribution, and making the program more extensible. So what is new? In a nutshell:
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Appalled by the Lower Merion School District's remote monitoring of students? Help the Free Software Foundation build a wiki database of school districts that provide students with laptops, so that we can campaign against mandatory, proprietary laptops.
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When I started working at the Free Software Foundation in September 2001, it was to join a team that then-executive director Bradley Kuhn was putting together. It was a period of transition for the FSF.
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Tomorrow at its Boston offices the Free Software Foundation will host the first in a series of GNU social architecture meetings. Confirmed attendees include several GNU social developers, OAuth developer Blaine Cook and Evan Prodromou from StatusNet.
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Yesterday evening, a group of core GNU social developers had the opportunity to meet with Blaine Cook, of OAuth fame. In the midst of figuring out the plan for moving ahead with GNU social, Blaine was able to provide the group with a tremendous amount of insight into useful approaches for controlling privacy in distributed social networks.
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By working together for free software in a focused movement, we can do much more than the sum of our individual or project efforts.
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As our mission here at the Free Software Foundation is to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users, we also have to defend against ill-conceived and misguided laws. Many of you may already be aware of an international trade agreement being negotiated by the G8 nations called ACTA, but another law known as the Digital Economy Act is of concern, specifically to citizens of the UK.
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At this year's LibrePlanet conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation, Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center gave a keynote speech on the current state of free software and the free software movement.
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GNU social has made great progress during the last few weeks -- version alpha 0.1 ("Ritter") was announced and made it finally possible to try out GNU social, and run your own site.
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This month we welcome Joel Jose as the new maintainer of GNU gnatsweb, and Sebastien Diaz as the new maintainer of GNU rpge (adding to his other packages).
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This month we welcome Delyan Raychev as the new maintainer of GNU Oleo, and Luis Strano Moraes as the new maintainer of GNU Shogi.
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This month we welcome Ole Tange as the maintainer of the new package GNU parallel, and thank Giuseppe Scrivano (already maintainer of icecat and gcal) for taking on maintenance of GNU wget.
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This month we welcome Matt Lee as the maintainer of the new (and ongoing) packages goodbye, GNU FM, network, and social. We also welcome Jason Self as the new maintainer of gnutrition.
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This month we welcome Thomas Schmitt as the maintainer of the new package xorriso, and Peter Simons as the maintainer of the new package autoconf-archive (another notable new entry!). We also welcome Aleksander Morgado and Reinhard Mueller as a new co-maintainers of GNU PDF, Albert Chu as co-maintainer of freeipmi, Vladimir Serbinenko as co-maintainer of grub, Thien-Thi Nguyen as co-maintainer of RCS, and previous maintainer Giuseppe Scrivano for also taking on gcal.
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Over 4,000 signatures delivered to US trade representatives and others.
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Thanks to the efforts of summer campaigns intern, Steve DuBois, we have all the video and audio from the conference ready for your viewing pleasure.
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This month we welcome Jose Marchesi as maintainer of the new package recutils, Mike Gran as maintainer of the new package guile-ncurses, and long-time maintainers Bruno Haible, Jim Meyering, and Simon Josefsson adding the new package vc-changelog to their duties.
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Please read and share this article by Knowledge Ecology International's James Love, sign our anti-ACTA petition, and call on Obama to publish the treaty text.
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Today, we've added two new resources to our "Working Together for Free Software" campaign
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Videos of the talks from the GNU Hackers Meeting in the Hague are now available. This meeting took place on 24-25 July at "Revelation Hackspace", prior to the GNOME GUADEC conference, and featured a workshop on GNUnet, a framework for free secure networking and decentralised applications.
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We're looking for a few volunteers willing to commit an average of a few hours per week as reliable technical consultants helping people transcode their videos to free formats like WebM and Ogg Theora.
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On Monday October 11, 2010 Microsoft will release Windows Phone 7 software, backed by the largest phone marketing campaign in history: reports estimate costs at between 400 and 500 million dollars.
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The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act would create a blacklist of domain names that the government thinks are involved in copyright infringement. Internet service providers and others would be required to block any domains on the list.
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We've published an easy-to-follow recipe for producing your videos in the free WebM format.
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A monthly look at updates and new releases in the GNU operating system.
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Now that the elections are over, the bill is back -- and could pass out of committee this Thursday.
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Please add your name to the petition against COICA.
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A monthly look at updates and new releases in the GNU operating system.
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TIME Magazine praises Mark Zuckerberg for creating a system that has connected people around the world with each other.
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The first three articles from the latest issue of the FSF bulletin are now online.
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The GNU IceCat project is a web browser built to deal with the influx of threats to freedom and privacy on the web from traps such as nonfree plugins and nonfree JavaScript.
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MPEG LA is asking companies to prepare to attack the freely licensed WebM format and its underlying VP8 video codec from Google.
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After six years as the executive director, today is my last day at the Free Software Foundation. And what a great time it has been.
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Sylvain Beucler, who was instrumental in modernizing and maintaining Savannah for the last seven years, has decided to step down and look for new challenges. Many, many, thanks to Sylvain and best wishes.
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Today we're launching the first in a series of features on how to use common websites without using proprietary JavaScript.
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Celebrate the 4th annual Document Freedom Day by promoting OpenDocument and helping others to begin using free software and free document formats.
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Trisquel's latest release ships experimental NVIDIA 3D support.
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Brian McCarthy ran a website, channelsurfing.net, that linked to various sites where you could watch online streams of TV shows and sports networks.
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We've recently made a long overdue improvement to fsf.org -- our RSS feeds are now full text.
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Updated GNU packages this month:
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British Telecom is launching a new music service, BT Beats.
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Help celebrate the newest addition to the GNU menagerie with your very own Stuffed Baby Gnu.
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The FSF is now accepting Bitcoin donations.
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GPRS is a technology used by mobile phones to transmit data. If you have internet access on your cellphone, it's likely that you are using GPRS.
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GNU Free Call and WebRTC are both building frameworks that stand to make Skype obsolete.
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Help anonymous expression online for people around the world.
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My name is Jonathan Nadeau and I'm a husband, a father of three, and a blind GNU/Linux user. I'm also the host of three podcasts about free software. I interview project leaders of free software and GNU/Linux distributions. This summer I'm interning with the FSF's campaigns team.
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Hello, free software world! My name is Bob Call and I am a campaigns manager intern this summer at the FSF.
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There is one category of software that many see as being unsustainable as free software: Free video games have lagged behind other areas of free software, and the reasons behind this are fairly simple.
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We are excited to bring a much-missed item back to the FSF shop: hooded sweatshirts!
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We're currently publishing articles from the Fall 2010 issue of the FSF bulletin. Here's an interview I did with Kuno Woudt from MusicBrainz.
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'This American Life' did some great reporting about software patents. Ask them to help solve these problems and offer the show in patent-free formats.
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Last week, we asked you all to write to This American Life to thank them for their episode about software patents, "When Patents Attack!", and ask them to make it available in Ogg Vorbis format. We thought it would also be helpful to offer them a copy of the show that's already been converted to Ogg Vorbis; with this, the only work they have to do is copy that file and post it on their own servers. Here's the text of the letter we sent them.
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We here at GNU Press are proud to announce the release of the latest version of our GNU Emacs Manual for GNU Emacs version 23.3.
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As you might know, Richard travels extensively. Here are some photos from some speeches his given this year:
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The Nordic Free Software Award is given to people, projects or organizations in the Nordic countries that have made a prominent contribution to the advancement of free software.
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This American Life still hasn't responded to your many messages asking them to use Ogg Vorbis for their downloads and streams. Sign the petition and make your voice heard!
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The Free Technology Academy (FTA) is a joint initiative from several educational institutions in various countries. It aims to contribute to a society that permits all users to study, participate and build upon existing knowledge without restrictions.
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Join us to celebrate Software Freedom Day 2011!
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Are you looking for some work experience this fall semester? The FSF still has several open internship positions for this fall!
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Dyne:bolic is one of the ever increasing list of GNU/Linux distributions we recommend because of their strong commitment to user freedom. After five years of development, a new release is available.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement currently under negotiation that could require member countries to enact strict copyright and patent legislation that hurts free software users and developers. Our license compliance engineer Brett Smith talked about the FSF's opposition to these terms with negotiators last weekend; in this blog post, he shares his perspective on the event.
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Mark your calendars! On September 24th and 25th an unprecedented event is taking place: a codeathon bringing together programmers and software engineers from both the U.S. and Russia to address challenges of transparency and accountability in both countries.
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Occasionally, we post tasks that we'd like to draw specific attention to. Today we're posting one such task: help fix the wireless firmware problem on the Openmoko GTA04 and move us closer to a phone we can recommend.
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We just delivered our petition to the show, asking them to be part of the software patent solution by using a free format.
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Join me and already over 12,000 others in petitioning the Obama administration to "Direct the Patent Office to Cease Issuing Software Patents".
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Hello. I'm Andrew, and this Fall I'm interning with the FSF's campaigns team.
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We're pleased to announce that another project can be removed from our list of high priority free software projects: GNU PDF.
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Today, October 7th, is Ada Lovelace Day.
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We are proud to reintroduce our popular GNU/Linux Inside stickers. The new sticker features the same artwork as the classic GNU/Linux Inside sticker but is now on a much more durable sticker backing, perfect for putting on your phone or laptop. The stickers are 1-inch in diameter, and made of heavy duty aluminum.
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Join us, EFF, Demand Progress, and Fight for The Future in opposing the latest round of Internet Blacklist legislation.
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If your organization is using CiviCRM, I'd encourage you to attend one of these events. Thank you to Donald Lobo and Dave Greenberg for organizing this one!
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The dates have been announced for our next conference -- March 24th and 25th 2012, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A call for papers has also been announced. The conference will include talks from the FSF staff and board, GNU project contributors, and other members of the global free software community. I hope you will join us!
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Hello, it's Andrew the FSF campaigns intern. My internship is coming to a close, so I'd like to share with you what I've done this fall.
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This month I'd like to specially mention the first release of Stow in many years, thanks to much work by the new co-maintainer Adam Spiers and this month we welcome Pouya Kary as the new maintainer of GNU Gleem.
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Want to learn more about the staff of the FSF and the work we do? If so, have I got the series for you!
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We've been hearing a lot lately about SOPA and PIPA in the United States. In the meantime, ACTA has been creeping along under the radar.
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The fundraiser is almost over, and with your support and some lesser-known ways to give money to the FSF, you can help us get there!
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This post is by Dora Scilipoti, Italian free software activist, teacher, and volunteer lead of the GNU Education Team.
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A monthly update on all things in the GNU project
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More news on the ongoing ACTA protests in Europe. 1000 people attended a protest against ACTA in Poland last week, and more protests are on the way.
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Sign a petition from our friends at Public Knowledge, telling the USTR to be wary of the interests of large media companies who don't represent the interests of most people in the US.
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Registration is now open for LibrePlanet 2012! For those of you who've been to one of our LibrePlanet conferences before, you know you can expect some of the best people in the free software community in a fantastic community setting. This year's conference is going to be larger than ever! We have much more space than in previous years, and have made many improvements in response to the feedback you've given us in the past.
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Registration is now open for LibrePlanet 2012! For those of you who've been to one of our LibrePlanet conferences before, you know you can expect some of the best people in the free software community in a fantastic community setting. This year's conference is going to be larger than ever! We have much more space than in previous years, and have made many improvements in response to the feedback you've given us in the past.
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Free your Android device: learn how to regain control of your data, with a free operating system and free apps!
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Get creative and have fun while helping us raise awareness and put pressure on Microsoft and computer makers — enter the Restricted Boot Webcomic Contest!
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A monthly update on all things in the GNU project
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I'm in Melbourne to advocate for free software users and developers at the latest round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), and I'm chomping at the bit to share a little good news with you all. The tone of the discussion here has turned much more friendly to us—and it's thanks to your activism.
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The FTA is a global community and network of academic and social organizations active in the fields of Free Software, Standards and Hardware. It is currently hosted by the Free Knowledge Institute (FKI) after its foundation in 2008 by the FKI, Open Universiteit Nederland, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Universitet i Agder.
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Today the GCC development team celebrates the 25th anniversary of the GNU Compiler Collection.
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Celebrate the 5th annual Document Freedom Day by promoting OpenDocument and helping others to begin using free software and free document formats.
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A monthly update on all things in the GNU project
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The federal government and big companies want limitless new powers to spy on you, and they plan to get them via legislation called CISPA — the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" (HR 3523).
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The French free software advocacy group April asked all of the candidates in the upcoming French presidential elections about their positions on free software, software patents, DRM and more.
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The Groklaw website needs your help to update the community on the trial proceedings.
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The UK government is holding a consultation about what sort of patent licenses an "open" standard should require. Anyone that develops free software (free as in freedom, not a matter of price) and would like it to be used in the UK has reason to be concerned with this, along with anyone that uses or distributes free software in the UK.
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New GNU releases as of April 30, 2012:
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The next Competitiveness Council will be held on May 30th and 31st, 2012. François Hollande's government will be attending it for the first time. April, the French free software group, calls upon the president to take this opportunity to act against software patents and bring up the flaws of the current unitary patent project.
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New GNU releases as of May 31, 2012:
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If Microsoft's "reputation" database can't tell the difference between a gambling site and an independently audited registered nonprofit public-interest charity founded almost 30 years ago, it is certainly doing you and your business more harm than good.
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Kill ACTA once (and hopefully) for all!
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New GNU releases as of June 26, 2012
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If you're a member, you'll be receiving your copy of the FSF Bulletin soon. Please let us know when it arrives!
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There were 21 new GNU releases this month!
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My name is David and I'm 24 years old, and I was born and educated in Minnesota. My high school exclusively used Apple computers.
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19 new GNU releases as of August 28, 2012:
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Software Freedom Day 2012 is Saturday, September 15th at Cambridge College, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
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If the corrupt European Patent Office succeeds in imitating America's software patent system, it will be a disaster for software development. Join April, the FSF's French ally, in calling for strong legislation against software patents in Europe.
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I just started here at the FSF, so I thought I'd introduce myself on the blog.
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There were 24 new GNU releases this month!
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Hampshire student and FSF campaigns organizer Kira shares the success of their ambitious project to help fellow students get started with free software. The achievements of Kira's organization, LibrePlanet/Students for Free Culture, is exciting and replicable outside of Hampshire. Kira provides suggestions to help other students realize the same changes at their schools.
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Today the Free Software Foundation is proud and excited to assist the GNU MediaGoblin project in its fundraising effort. MediaGoblin's volunteer team is working on a next-generation social web system where users will share their experiences through photos, videos and audio, all without running proprietary software. This project is ambitious, not just because it will support multiple media types, but also because it will use a special new network system called federation, which unifies a group of separately-owned servers into a single interface for the user. This means that anyone wishing to start a MediaGoblin server will be able to do so, optionally customizing the code to their needs and offering unique options to users.
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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day to celebrate women's contributions to science and technology.
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The nomination window for the 15th annual Free Software Awards is open. Now is your chance to show some love for your favorite free software hero or an inspiring project that uses free software or free software principles to benefit humanity.
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Yesterday morning, the Free Software Foundation crashed the Windows 8 launch event in New York City. A cheerful GNU and her team handed out DVDs loaded with Trisquel, FSF stickers, and information about our new pledge, which asks Windows users to upgrade not to Windows 8, but to GNU/Linux.
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When it comes to making sales, once just isn't enough for big publishers and record labels. Publishers, Hollywood, and the music industry--many of the same folks who brought you SOPA and PIPA--are trying new tactics to control what we can do with copyrighted material after we buy it.
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Ubuntu has decided to stick with GRUB 2 after all; 48 organizations and over 37,000 people have signed the statement opposing Restricted Boot, but Microsoft's new tablet is hitting stores.
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Starting tomorrow (November 1st), Spanish speakers will be able read our monthly e-mail newsletter in their native language.
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Watching two proprietary software companies deeply opposed to computer user freedom lob accusations back and forth about who is more opposed to freedom has been surreal, to say the least. But what's been crystal clear is that the freedom these companies are arguing about is their own, not that of their users. And what they are calling freedom isn't freedom at all -- it is the ability to control those users. Adobe is mad at Apple for not letting Adobe control iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users via Flash, and Apple is mad at Adobe for suggesting that Apple is arbitrarily abusing its control over Application Store users.
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There were 13 new GNU releases this month!
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¡Hay 13 nuevos lanzamientos de GNU!
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It's time to give a big fundraising bump to the next big thing in media sharing.
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Once a year around this time, we pause to contemplate everything we are thankful for.
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On Cyber Monday, hordes of Americans will take to the Internet in search of the newest gadgets to bestow upon their loved ones.
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There were 22 new GNU releases this month!
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¡22 paquetes de GNU lanzan una nueva versión!
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FSF staff and volunteers just returned from Boston's Microsoft store, where we dressed as elves and handed out copies of free software and our 2012 Giving Guide to people out shopping for the holidays. The action is part of our campaign to promote free software as a replacement for Windows 8. The campaign aims to promote free software while educating members of the public about the restrictive nature of this proprietary operating system, as well as to inform them of Windows 8's dangerous privacy and security risks.
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FSF board member and former executive director Bradley Kuhn discusses the landmark copyright case of Oracle v. Google and what it does -- and doesn't -- mean for free software.
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When you visit http://www.fsf.org now through the end of January, you'll notice something different about our home page.
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There were 23 new GNU releases this month!
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¡23 paquetes de GNU lanzan una nueva versión!
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The Empowermentors Collective is a new space by and for women of color and queer people of color within free software and free culture.
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We're excited to announce that registration is now open for LibrePlanet 2013: "Commit Change."
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StatusNet is free software microblogging, similar to Twitter but without requiring nonfree JavaScript or trust in a single Web site. Unlike Twitter, we don't all have to be using the same server to read each other's messages, making it function more like email.
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27 new GNU releases this month (as of January 24, 2012):
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We're proud to announce the completion of the first LPC, a design competition of free software video games using only freely licensed art and media. The winner is Lurking Patrol Comrades, which, according to judges, is an "impressive MMORPG with a vast world, plenty of characters to speak to [and] both a melee and a magic based battle system."
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It's only a month before LibrePlanet 2013: "Commit Change" and the campaigns team is in a flurry of activity, putting the finishing touches on the conference plans. People are registering quickly and it's great to see how much everyone is looking forward to the conference.
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19 new GNU releases this month (as of February 25, 2013):
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Este mes (25 de Febrero) 19 nuevas publicaciones de GNU:
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March 23 and 24 are coming up fast, and there are already 150 people signed up for LibrePlanet 2013. Attendees are coming to Cambridge, Massachusetts from around the US as well as far-flung countries. So many free software lovers coming together to swap stories and share ideas!
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LibrePlanet starts this Saturday (the 23rd), only days away! We've got you down as registered for the conference, so we want to go over a few things. This email is long, but it's worth reading or at least skimming the whole thing to make sure you're not missing an important piece of information.
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LibrePlanet 2013 is just days away.
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Yesterday was the first day of LibrePlanet 2013. Here are some stats:
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Yesterday was the first day of LibrePlanet 2013. Here are some stats:
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29 new GNU releases this month (as of March 24, 2013):
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Este mes (al 24 de marzo) 29 nuevas publicaciones de GNU.
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The involvement and energy of the free software community make LibrePlanet what it is: brilliant and passionate people coming together around software freedom, drinking lots of coffee and forging the future of our movement. This year, we particularly appreciated your contributions to the theme of "Commit Change": a focus on making connections to other movements and building diversity within free software.
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Sometimes, proprietary software actually helps us fight for freedom. Windows 8 is so bad it's almost funny--it's not only proprietary software full of spyware and security vulnerabilities, but it's also confusing for would-be users. Lucky for us, Microsoft's spectacular failure is the perfect time to help people switch to free software.
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Thank you to everyone for thinking of us at the Free Software Foundation office in downtown Boston as yesterday's terrible news unfolded. We appreciate all the concerned emails and queries.
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Hi, I'm Saurabh. I'm working as an intern with the campaigns team during the spring semester.
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35 new GNU releases this month (as of April 30, 2013)
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Do you believe that control over our computers is important to a free society? Do you want to help people learn why proprietary software and Digital Restrictions Management are harmful? Do you want to fight for software freedom?
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We are happy to announce the seventh GNU Hackers Meeting, which will take place from August 22 to August 25 2013 in Paris, France.
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This is a wise choice for the space station, and a high-profile victory for software freedom. It brings good publicity for free software, demonstrating its respected position in the world of science and technology.
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Single-board computers (SBCs) are computers delivered as one circuit board that are powerful enough to run a real operating system. SBCs are typically inexpensive and versatile, making them an exciting tool for a wide range of applications, from education to scientific research. But there's a problem; all of the SBCs currently available have major flaws -- hardware that doesn't work without running a nonfree program.
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Choosing to run free software on your computer is a powerful statement. Unfortunately, regardless of what you have installed on your desktop or laptop, you are almost certainly running hundreds of nonfree programs as you surf the Web. Web sites often use programs written in JavaScript to expand the capabilities of HTML, adding menus, buttons, text editors, music players, and many other features. Browsers come configured to download and run the JavaScript without ever making the user aware of it. Contrary to popular perception, almost no JavaScript runs "on the Web site" -- it runs locally on users' computers when they visit a site.
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GNU/Linux enthusiast Sebastian Satke has taken GNU/Linux to new heights -- literally. He summited Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas, with a GNU/Linux flag in tow.
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19 new GNU releases this month (as of May 28, 2013):
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Today Free Software Foundation founder and president Richard Stallman was inducted into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame!
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I am Sankha Narayan Guria, a second-year undergraduate in India. I will be working with the Free Software Foundation as an intern this summer. I am primarily a developer and contribute to Mozilla Firefox. I have also been a Mozilla Rep and have been involved in creating communities in different software-related fields.
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22 new GNU releases this month (as of June 25, 2013): #61
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. - Fourth Amendment, US Constitution
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The FSF recently received a message from a software company in the legislative sights of the notorious patent troll NeoMedia Technologies. The company's lawyer, Charles Kramer, asked us to share a message with our supporters.
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For the last few months, we've been raising an outcry against Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), a plan by Netflix and a block of other media and software companies to squeeze support for Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into the HTML standard, the core language of the Worldwide Web. The HTML standard is set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which this block of corporations has been heavily lobbying as of late.
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With $32 million to spend, will Canonical and Ubuntu commit to software freedom as the foundational design principle?
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Microsoft is intercepting your stuff and sending it to the NSA (and the CIA and the FBI).
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Looking to watch President Obama's press conference about PRISM and government surveillance using free software?
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The latest release of gNewSense is out, bringing with it a spate of new features and bug fixes.
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32 new GNU releases this month (as of July 28, 2013):
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Are GNU ready to party? It's been 30 years since the GNU manifesto was penned. What began as frustration over a printer driver has grown into a massive social movement. The GNU system itself has exploded; not only is it a fully free operating system, but it has expanded to include an entire universe of software.
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For some time now, free software users have been concerned about the increasing number of Web sites that cannot run without nonfree JavaScript programs downloaded and executed on the visitor's computer.
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15 new GNU releases this month (as of August 26, 2013):
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30 years ago, Richard Stallman published the announcement that would launch the free software movement.
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The intention to create the GNU System, and the concept of free software, was first announced in September 1983. Since then, it has grown into a global movement of people that work together for software freedom, and have a great time doing it.
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26 new GNU releases this month (as of September 29, 2013):
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Is there someone who you think has advanced the progress of free software, someone you think of as a free software hero? How about a great project that uses free software principles, like copyleft or free culture, to benefit society? Now is your chance to nominate them for a Free Software Award.
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In this post, Deb recaps Software Freedom Day 2013, held in Cambridge MA on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day for highlighting women making great contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This is a holiday of particular importance to the free software movement, to remind us that there are powerful social biases which permeate our movement, sexism and transmisogyny being just two of these.
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We're looking for people to help make LibrePlanet 2014 a success, and we need your help.
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If you're passionate about free software, the Free Software Foundation wants you to be a part of LibrePlanet 2014.
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GNU LibreJS is a Web browser extension that protects users by identifying proprietary JavaScript and encourages people to write to Webmasters about free JavaScript.
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On Saturday, October 26, 2013, the FSF joined more than three thousand privacy advocates in Washington, DC to call for an end to mass surveillance conducted by the NSA.
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Introducing new people to free software is an integral part of our mission at the FSF, so we were delighted when the director of a summer programming academy called and invited us to speak.
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Planning for the next LibrePlanet conference is underway, but we need your help.
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LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software Foundation, and the theme of this year's event is "Free Software, Free Society."
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There are many ways to follow with what's going on at the Free Software Foundation.
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On Cyber Monday, millions of Americans will take to the Internet in search of the newest gadgets to bestow upon their loved ones.
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44 new GNU releases!
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They know when you are sleeping. They know when you're awake. They know if you've been bad or good...
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Looking to upgrade your computer? Steer clear of Windows 8.
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The latest Free Software Foundation Bulletin for spring 2013 is now online. For this semester's update in free software and free software activism, check it out.
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Registration is now open for LibrePlanet 2014: "Free Software, Free Society," March 22-23, 2014 in Cambridge, MA.
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Ever wonder if you're the only one concerned about software freedom when you're doing your holiday shopping? We hit the streets yesterday to make sure that you aren't.
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I can't even tell you how excited I am for LibrePlanet 2014 on March 22 and 23, 2014, which is fast approaching! Right now, the rest of the FSF staff and I are working hard on the program for our annual conference so that in the next few weeks we'll be able to share our amazing roster of speakers with you.
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Reddit is a major Internet hub that's home to lots of awesome communities, and it's always been very supportive of computer user freedom. In 2008, its admins took the admirable step of freeing the vast majority of its codebase, which was a significant contribution to the free software world. We're appreciative of Reddit's role in free software, as well as its contributions to humanity in the form of cat pictures side-by-side with high-brow political discourse. That's why we think that it would be fitting for Reddit to take the next step in its free software journey, by updating its site to run without any nonfree JavaScript.
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This year, the GNU System celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. We're asking free software supporters to donate $30 to further GNU's development.
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The FSF has updated its list of Recommended Complete Systems to include the Asus F2A85-M/CSM.
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20 new GNU releases in the last month (as of December 25, 2013):
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This past September, the GNU System celebrated thirty years of fighting for software freedom with a celebratory hackathon at MIT.
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LibrePlanet is only two months away and we need your help drumming up interest and reaching out to communities you would like to see attend.
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There is so much to look forward to at LibrePlanet 2014 that I don't even know where to begin. Let me break it down for you.
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The widely-accepted failure of Windows 8 provides a critical moment for the free software movement.
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You may already be involved in the international grassroots movement against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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Ayúdanos a alcanzar nuestra meta de recaudación de fondos $ 450,000 $ para el 31 de Enero.
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Today is the last day of our winter fundraiser.
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28 new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 26, 2014):
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One of LibrePlanet's major goals is inspiring people to make things and share them with their communities. So we knew 2013's conference was going well when an attendee volunteered to create a video for 2014, using only free software tools.
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Today the FSF is joining a team of more than thirty organizations to rally against bulk surveillance, in a global event called The Day We Fight Back. Despite their diverse issue areas, each of these organizations recognizes that bulk surveillance is a direct threat to the freedom and security of their supporters and their ability to do work.
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Every winter, we launch a fundraiser to sustain our work for the coming year. This time, we set out to raise $450,000, our highest ever goal. And because so many of you chipped in, we were able to reach it.
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At the FSF, we not only spend every day promoting, protecting, and building free software -- we also use exclusively free software for everything we do. From our servers to our desktop systems and laptops, from our accounting to our Web and print publications, everything is done using software that is available for everyone to use, share, and modify.
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It's only weeks until LibrePlanet, hosted by the Free Software Foundation and MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB), and more people are registering every day (you could be one of them!).
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18 new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 25, 2014):
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LibrePlanet 2014, produced in partnership by the Free Software Foundation and MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB), is right around the corner! Everyone has been working really hard over the past few months, and I know this year's conference will be the best one yet.
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With LibrePlanet 2014 just weeks away, here's an easy way to show how excited you are.
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Sometimes your favorite free software has a piece of spinach in its teeth, and they need you to let them know.
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In this post, LibrePlanet volunteer and free software activist Brendan Kidwell shares why he's excited for LibrePlanet 2014.
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While working on Replicant, a fully free/libre version of Android, we discovered that the proprietary program running on the applications processor in charge of handling the communication protocol with the modem actually implements a backdoor that lets the modem perform remote file I/O operations on the file system.
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Five more reasons to come to LibrePlanet.
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The FSF office is abuzz with activity as the free software community gathers in the Boston area for LibrePlanet.
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At last year's LibrePlanet (2013), I had the opportunity to watch much of the footage used in this video being shot. This was my first LibrePlanet and I found that congenial conversations and insightful talks were both available in abundance. A few friendly conversations later, I volunteered to edit the LibrePlanet video using all free software -- something I had been looking for the opportunity to try. I have been producing, shooting and editing videos for the past ten years or so, but using the editing software available at the local community access TV station in Newton, MA (just a short subway ride from the FSF offices in Boston).
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The first day of LibrePlanet 2014 was a huge success, thanks to the work of our tireless volunteers, staff, and speakers.
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What does it mean when, over a single year, the number of people who come to LibrePlanet more than doubles?
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24 new GNU releases in the last month (as of March 25, 2014):
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Microsoft is running "Windows 8 Campus Tour" events at many US universities. We're inviting free software supporters, associated with the universities in question, to mount simple nondisruptive protests at these events.
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The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has established the Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize, which recognizes initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free software. The prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make free software accessible to ordinary computer users.
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30 new GNU releases in the last month (as of April 29, 2014):
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We are joining this day of action to protect Internet users from mass surveillance. Stay tuned to learn more about what we'll be doing to Reset the Net on June 5, 2014.
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Though it isn't often discussed in the news, who controls digital media is an important question of our time.
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The latest Free Software Foundation Bulletin for fall 2013 is now online. Check it out for interesting articles on free software and free software activism.
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On the weekend of August 15 to 17, 2014, the people responsible for the GNU operating system will gather in Munich, Germany at the eighth GNU Hackers' Meeting.
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22 new GNU releases in the last month (as of May 26, 2014):
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One year ago today, an NSA contractor named Edward Snowden went public with his history-changing revelations about the NSA's massive system of indiscriminate surveillance. Today the FSF is releasing Email Self-Defense, a guide to personal email encryption to help everyone, including beginners, make the NSA's job a little harder. We're releasing it as part of Reset the Net, a global day of action to push back against the surveillance-industrial complex.
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Today we're joining our allies at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in kicking off the Tor Challenge, an effort to strengthen the global Tor network that protects Internet traffic from surveillance.
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Yesterday was a big day for defending our freedom and privacy on the Internet. The FSF and its supporters joined the ranks of thousands for Reset the Net, the biggest-ever day of action against bulk surveillance.
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Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) is a proprietary remote management and control system for personal computers with Intel CPUs. It is dangerous because it has full access to personal computer hardware at a very low level, and its code is secret and proprietary.
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We're excited to announce that volunteers are currently working on translations of the guide and infographic into ten languages. Wow!
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We're proud to announce the translation of Email Self-Defense, our beginner's guide to email encryption, into six new languages.
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My name is Alex Patel, and I'll be working as an intern with the campaigns team at the Free Software Foundation this summer. This fall, I will be a sophomore at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA, at which I'm pursuing a joint degree in computer science and philosophy.
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23 new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 28, 2014):
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) needs to be convinced that Net Neutrality is worth saving.
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Free software community rallies around FSF to translate Email Self-Defense into still more languages.
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If you live in the UK, you'll soon be able to fill out government paperwork with your freedoms intact. The British government announced last week that Open Document Format (ODF), HTML, and PDF will be the official file formats used by all government agencies.
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The FSF is happy to building bridges to new communities, and exploring the role of free software in social justice and economic change.
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18 new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 26, 2014):
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Equipped with free GNU Radio software, a group of citizen scientists has contacted, controlled, and is attempting to recapture a 1970s-era satellite and bring it back into an orbit close to Earth.
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GNU community members and collaborators have discovered threatening details about a five-country government surveillance program codenamed HACIENDA. The good news? Those same hackers have already worked out a free software countermeasure to thwart the program.
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FSF executive director John Sullivan spoke at this year's FOSDEM, a volunteer-organized conference held in Belgium that highlights the development of free software.
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The Free Software Foundation is going back to school. We're planning a campus speaking tour and would love to come to your college or university.
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Net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally, should be a basic right for Internet users. It's also crucial for free software's continued growth and success.
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LibrePlanet 2015 is coming! We're excited to announce that next year's conference will be held March 21-22, 2015 in Cambridge, MA. The Free Software Foundation is teaming up with the Student Information Processing Board at MIT once again to bring you a conference you won't want to miss.
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This is the eleventh year of Software Freedom Day, and people are holding events in almost 100 countries.
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If you need to be anonymous online, or evade digital censorship and surveillance, the Tor network has your back. And it's more than a little bit stronger now than it was this spring, thanks to the Tor Challenge.
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14 new GNU releases in the last month (as of September 25, 2014)
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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, when we share stories of women in technology and their achievements.
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LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. The conference brings together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2015 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.
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This is a guest post from Shauna Gordon-McKeon, who spoke at LibrePlanet 2014 on behalf of OpenHatch.
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This is a guest post by Marco Ciurcina, a lawyer who worked on this case.
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25 new GNU releases in the last month (as of October 25, 2014):
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Sharing is one of free software's key principles. People who contribute to the advancement of free software, and to society, are committed to sharing their ideas in order to create something we can all benefit from. Often, they don't ask for anything in return. That's why each year, the Free Software Foundation recognizes one deserving individual and one project with the Free Software Awards. Who do you think should receive the 17th annual awards? Nominate an individual or a project you'd like us to recognize--nominations will be accepted through Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 23:59 UTC.
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The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Boston-based 501(c)(3) charity with a world wide mission to protect freedoms critical to the computer-using public, seeks a motivated and organized tech-friendly Boston-based individual to be its full-time outreach and communication coordinator.
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In the flurry of holiday advertising that happens at the end of the year, many people are swept into buying electrnics gifts that trample their recipients' freedom and that take more than they give. Each holiday season the FSF releases a Giving Guide to make it easy for you to choose tech gifts that respect your rights as a computer user and avoid those that don't.
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Are you giving your loved ones holiday gifts they can use freely, or gifts which put someone else in control?
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Are you giving your loved ones holiday gifts they can use freely, or gifts which put someone else in control?
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21 new GNU releases in the last month (as of November 25, 2014):
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In October, it was discovered that Adobe had removed the link to download Adobe Reader, its proprietary PDF file viewer, for use with a GNU/Linux operating system.
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Will you help us bring important voices to LibrePlanet 2015 by making a contribution to our scholarship fund?
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The FSF Giving Guide is an easy-to-use resource that can make a difference in what people buy. We just need to get it in front of them.
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Most people interact with free software every day, but many of those people don't know what free software is or why they should go out of their way to use it. We want to fix that (and we think you do too), so we commissioned a short video that makes free software easy for everyone to understand:
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Nineteen new GNU releases in the last month (as of December 22, 2014):
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Nineteen new GNU releases in the last month (as of December 22, 2014).
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We want you to be able share our new video, User Lib, with your friends, family and colleagues no matter what language they speak. Since we released our new animated video introducing the concept and importance of free software, requests for subtitles and offers to translate have poured in.
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Today we're launching a new way to express the importance of free software and GNU -- shareable badges.
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What do you get when you combine free software activists, hackers, lawyers, librarians, students, and international aid workers?
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Thirty years. That's how long the FSF has been educating, organizing, and hacking for computer user freedom worldwide. Not one of those years would have been possible without the international community of inspired supporters like you.
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Seventeen new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 23, 2015).
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Over the last few months, Webmail provider Posteo has been working with the FSF to license and tag all JavaScript on their Web site and Webmail system so that it is immediately identifiable as free software. They have also done everything possible to ensure that it is 100% compatible with the GNU LibreJS browser extension, which automatically blocks any potentially nonfree JavaScript, making it easy to browse the Web in freedom. This is an outstanding effort in defense of the freedom of Posteo's users, and the company deserves recognition for it. We hope others will follow their lead.
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Roses are red, violets are blue; I use free software to encrypt my online communication and so should you.
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Security experts have discovered a highly threatening vulnerability in software preinstalled on some Windows computers manufactured by Lenovo through January 2015. Extreme negligence on the part of Lenovo and unscrupulous programming by its adware partner Superfish seem to have caused the vulnerability.
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LibrePlanet is less than a month away, on March 21st and 22nd. We're working hard to prepare the most memorable conference possible, along with our partners at MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB). More people are registering every day, and we'd love for you to be one of them!
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The free software movement is a global phenomenon, and we want the LibrePlanet conference to reflect that. That's why, wherever you are, you are invited to participate remotely by watching the livestream and participating in the discussion via chat.
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At Apple's "Spring Forward" press event on Monday, March 9, the electronics company expounded upon its plans to release a smartwatch and revealed updates to its MacBook computer line, among other announcements. Underneath their focus on "innovation" and "design," however, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other participating speakers neglected to address growing concerns about the proprietary software and Digital Restrictions Management technologies distributed with its products and services, which only serve to extend the company's oppression of computer users and their freedoms.
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The first day of LibrePlanet 2015 is well underway.
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With over 300 people in attendance, the first day of LibrePlanet 2015 was a blast!
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LibrePlanet 2015: Free Software Everywhere has come to a close. The FSF staff are back at the office, unpacking, sifting through photos and videos, and gathering our thoughts on another awesome gathering of free software enthusiasts.
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The cancellation or temporary suspension of various Spanish Twitter accounts has led to a huge migration of Spaniards to GNU social, a microblogging service designed to foster user freedom and control. This is an exciting win for federated online services.
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We're happy to announce that recordings of five sessions from LibrePlanet 2015 are now online. Whether you couldn't make it to the conference and are watching these for the first time, or attended and want to see them again, we hope you enjoy.
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This week the FSF added our signature to a coalition letter addressed to Barack Obama, calling on him to reject any proposal to systematically undermine the encryption used to secure digital devices and software made in the US.
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19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 23, 2015):
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16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of March 23, 2015):
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24 new GNU releases in the last month (as of April 24, 2015):
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Nineteen new GNU releases in the last month (as of May 23, 2015):
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Two years ago today, Edward Snowden tipped the first domino in a chain that led to a historic international conversation about the role of surveillance in modern life. One year ago today, we launched Email Self-Defense, an infographic and guide to encrypting your email with free software to protect your privacy and resist bulk surveillance.
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Hello free software supporters, my name is Adam Tobias Leibson. I've been an avid GNU/Linux user since my first year of high school. Around that time, I read Cory Doctorow's book Little Brother. That book challenged me to think more deeply about the effects of mass surveillance on society, and brought about my interests in privacy and cryptography.
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Last week, I had the chance to practice teaching GnuPG email encryption face-to-face, and I am working on incorporating the experience into new teaching materials for the free software community.
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26 new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 24, 2015):
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Do you believe that free software is crucial to a free society?
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This is a guest post by Ted Cox of the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference.
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As you may already know, this is the Free Software Foundation's thirtieth year fighting for computer user freedom. It has been a great year already, with our biggest LibrePlanet conference ever and an article about GNU in the New Yorker. But what's a birthday without a party?
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19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 21, 2015):
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We can't stop all the millions of people who are installing Windows 10 right now, but we can influence our friends and family to skip Windows and join us in the free world. As you know, Windows 10 puts those that use it under the thumb of Microsoft, while free software treats users as equals and gives them control over their digital lives.
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Have you ever wondered how many people actually read the source code of free software?
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We recently announced a 30th birthday party for the Free Software Foundation, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts on the evening of Saturday, October 3rd. What better way to celebrate three decades fighting for computer user freedom?
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16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of August 26, 2015):
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Free software projects often fly under the radar: they rarely have a marketing budget, so word of a great project often relies on word-of-mouth within the free software community, especially in a project's early years. Yet we all know there are some truly amazing free software projects out there. That's why the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project have presented the Free Software Awards for nearly two decades, honoring people and projects who have advanced the movement or created free software programs that serve crucial societal needs.
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Did you upgrade a WordPress instance recently? You may be seeing the freedom.
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In July, Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire set up a relay server in the Tor network, which lets Internet users surf the Web anonymously. Tor is relied on every day by whistleblowers, journalists, and dissidents in oppressive regimes, and each relay makes the network stronger. This was the first time a library had set up a relay, and the FSF was excited to see the public institution participating.
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This Saturday, September 19th, is the twelfth annual Software Freedom Day, an international celebration of our favorite thing: free software!
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This community interview highlights the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Privacy Badger browser add-on.
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LibrePlanet 2016 is coming! Next year's conference will be held March 19-20, 2016 in the Boston area. The call for proposals has been extended to November 23rd. General registration and exhibitor registration will open later in October.
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16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of September 24, 2015):
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Last Saturday, we celebrated the Free Software Foundation's thirtieth birthday with a party to remember.
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Today is the seventh annual Ada Lovelace Day, a time to celebrate women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math.
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At the CiviCRM User Summit on the weekend of September 24th, I got to meet the faces behind the software that powers the Free Software Foundation's communication. CiviCRM is the leading free software CRM (constituent relationship management) software, and it's central to our work at the FSF: it sends every email we write and receives every petition signature and every donation you send us.
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As we wind down from the Free Software Foundation's 30th anniversary celebrations, I wanted to share some photos and video from the FSF's party and satellite celebrations from around the world.
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LibrePlanet is an annual conference for people who care about their digital freedoms, bringing together software developers,policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2016 will feature sessions for a wide range of ages and experience levels.
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We're excited to add discounted ThinkPenguin products to the list of benefits that FSF associate members enjoy. ThinkPenguin sells free software-friendly hardware, including laptops, desktops, WiFi adapters (useful if your laptop's WiFi can't work with a free driver), printers and more.
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Electronics are popular gifts for the holidays, but people often overlook the restrictions that manufacturers slip under the wrapping paper. From remote deletion of files to harsh rules about copying and sharing, some gifts take more than they give.
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For thirty years, the Free Software Foundation has been seen as a guiding light for the free software movement, fighting for computer user freedom worldwide -- but we can't continue this work without your support.
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In the flurry of holiday advertising that happens at the end of the year, many people are swept into buying electronics gifts that trample their recipients' freedom and that take more than they give.
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GNU Guix is liberating, dependable, and hackable!
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Here at the Free Software Foundation, we're selecting the program for LibrePlanet 2016: Fork the System right now. It's shaping up to be another standard-setting free software conference -- but we need your help.
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Our tech team keeps the FSF and the GNU Project running -- and in order to fulfill their goals for 2016, they need your support.
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In December, the FSF and community members carried out our yearly holiday season tradition of Giving Guide Giveaways.
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Story connects us to what we do. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, some involving developing free software, some not, but all connecting to the philosophy.
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We're excited to be launching version four of our Email Self-Defense guide to free software-powered encryption. We think that this guide is the best on the Web for helping newcomers take their first steps into encryption, and we're excited for all the improvements in this version.
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GNU releases in the last month (as of January 24, 2016):
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Have you filled out our Vision Survey yet? It's up until Sunday night (specifically 12:00am Eastern or 05:00 UTC on Monday, February 1st). We've received lots of great feedback already, but we want to hear from more people across the free software community.
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In this blog post, Bradley discusses his years of work for both the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Software Freedom Conservancy and explains why your donations, before the January 31st fundraising deadlines for both charities, are essential and urgent. He asks you today to become both a a Supporter of Conservancy and an Associate Member of the FSF before the fundraising deadlines of January 31st.
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This is huge: the opening keynote for LibrePlanet 2016: Fork the System is a conversation with National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Technologist Daniel Kahn Gillmor.
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Sunday is the last day of our winter fundraiser, and we want to blow the roof off our goal of raising $450,000, so we can make our work supporting the GNU Project, advocating for free software, and enforcing the GPL even more effective.
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Publicly declaring a goal for a free operating system was visionary in 1984. We have quite a bit to celebrate - this vision has manifested. We could retire fulfilled.
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Roses are red, violets are blue; I use free software to encrypt my online communication and you can too.
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You did it: thanks to your generous support, the Free Software Foundation raised $452,000 in its winter fundraiser. Thank you.
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In little more than a month, free software hackers, lawyers, activists, students, educators, librarians, and community organizers will gather to Fork the System.
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LibrePlanet is coming in less than one month, on March 19th and 20th.
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An important development is ongoing in our Defective by Design campaign, which fights Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).
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Following is a preliminary analysis of the High Priority Projects list, based on the existing list, feedback received, the panel session held at LibrePlanet 2015, and discussions among the committee.
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The free software movement is a global phenomenon, and we want the LibrePlanet conference to reflect that. That's why, wherever you are, you are invited to participate remotely by watching the livestream and participating in the discussion via chat.
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We are into the second day, but I wanted to take the time to share some thoughts on day zero. The initial keynote was delayed a little bit because of some unforseen network issues, which required Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to restart part of their network. So many folks were held in anticipation of the opening keynote after the tech issues were resolved things kicked off. After executive director John Sullivan began with a 'yuuuuuge' introduction the anticipation was met immediatelywith Daniel Kahn Gillmor introducing Edward Snowden!
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Post-publication note: this is an April fools post. None of it is true. Well, except the part about Apple actually mistreating users, attacking competing firms and barring GPL-protected software from their app store.
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Please take a few minutes and do this. You can really make a difference.
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On Monday, April 11, 2016, the Free Software Foundation submitted a comment in support of the proposed U.S. Federal Source Code Policy, with some important points for improvement.
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This statement could be the leitmotiv of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) about the LibrePlanet conference.
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Results as of May 24, 2016.
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For the last three years, we've surveyed attendees of the LibrePlanet conference about their experience, and applied that feedback to the next conference. We'd like to share what we've learned from the results of the past few surveys, and from the process of designing them.
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Are you interested in the GNU Project and its goals?
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Net neutrality exists when Internet service providers (ISPs) must allow equal access to everything on the Web, rather than favoring some sites over others. It's a bedrock condition for Internet freedom, but ISPs generally oppose it because it prevents them from charging companies extra for privileged access to the network -- making a video from one Web site load faster than video on other sites, for example.
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In April 2016, the US Supreme Court approved amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCrmP) that will threaten the privacy of Internet users worldwide.
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A little over eight years ago we launched the Free Software Supporter, helping keep users up to date on our work and the current state of the world of free software. A lot has happened over those eight years, chronicled in ninety-nine editions of our newsletter.
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The Free Software Foundation has been fighting for user freedom for more than thirty years with your support.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 is the thirteenth annual Software Freedom Day (SFD).
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Today is the 33rd anniversary of the announcement of the GNU Project, so we've got freedom on our minds. LibrePlanet 2017 is coming! The next installment of this annual celebration of user freedom is happening March 25-26, 2017 in the Boston area.
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Libre Learn Lab is a two-day summit for people who create, use and implement freely licensed resources for K-12 education, bringing together educators, policy experts, software developers, hardware hackers, and activists to share best practices and address the challenges of widespread adoption of these resources in education. The 2nd biennial conference is Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th, at the MIT Tang Center.
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Clear your calendars for the last weekend of March 2017!
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"[The free software award] has put us in company with many great organizations bringing about social change through free software" said Alison Macrina from the Library Freedom Project, recipient of the award in 2016. That's why the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project have presented the Free Software Awards for nearly two decades, honoring people and projects who have advanced the movement or created free software programs that serve crucial societal needs.
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Give freedom-respecting gifts this year.
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Guess who is coming to LibrePlanet?
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Associate members are the roots of the Free Software Foundation. To recognize their contribution to computer user freedom, the FSF offers them benefits, like the digital "member since" badge. The badge just got a new look for 2017:
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In response to the changing computing landscape, and with extensive input from the free software community, the Free Software Foundation updated its High Priority Free Software Projects (HPP) list with six new project areas that need your support.
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Roses are red, violets are blue; I use free software to encrypt my online communication and you can too.
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In just six weeks, on March 25 & 26, 2017, free software hackers, lawyers, activists, students, educators, librarians, and community organizers will gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to explore the roots of software freedom. Will YOU be there?
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Session title: Strike at the Roots! An Analysis of Mass Surveillance and Ecology
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The world of free software projects and the greater free software movement grow in success and visibility in no small part thanks to the developmental model that is enabled by the licenses and philosophies that drive free software. Many projects and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) itself have made leaps in creating more diverse and inclusive spaces over the past few years. I'm excited to celebrate International Women's Day by writing just a few of the many amazing women around the world who use their professional and personal time to drive freedom in technology.
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It's almost time: LibrePlanet 2017 kicks off in two weeks, on March 25! Will you join free software hackers, lawyers, activists, students, educators, librarians, and community organizers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to explore the roots of software freedom?
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The free software community encompasses the globe, and we strive to make the LibrePlanet conference reflect that. That's why we livestream the proceedings of the conference, and encourage you to participate remotely by both watching and participating in the discussion via IRC chat.
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Denver Gingerich is the founder and lead developer of JMP (https://jmp.chat/), a free software chat gateway that lets you text and call people using a real phone number without a phone. He's speaking at LibrePlanet 2017 (https://libreplanet.org/2017) (March 25-26th in Cambridge, MA), in Block 5B, from 15:40-16:25 on Sunday. Want to learn more about bringing software freedom to your cell phone? Check out his talk "A fully-free cell phone experience, no baseband required."
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Christian Fernandez is a cyber security expert, joining us at LibrePlanet 2017 to talk about penetration testing and how "pentesting" can be done using entirely free tools.
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LibrePlanet started as the annual meeting of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) membership. Now, that meeting is just one part of a two-day conference that brings together hundreds of new and longtime members of the free software community from all parts of the world.
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The second day of LibrePlanet 2017 started with a talk by author, blogger, editor, activist, and Internet freedom fighter Cory Doctorow. Straight through to Sumana Harihareswara's closing keynote, the day was full of conversations and presentations touching on a broad range of topics across the free software movement.
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The United States Congress and President Trump have killed a new Internet privacy rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) late last year, but state legislators have stepped in to try to fill the gap.
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Do you hack on GNU packages—or are you just interested in GNU? Now is the time to register for the GNU Hackers' Meeting in Hessen, Germany, August 24-27, 2017.
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Everyone deserves a World Wide Web which provides useful services without threatening their privacy or their right to inspect all the software they run. But the Web today is far from that ideal.
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When it comes to social microblogging, Twitter is the 800-pound gorilla. But a new free, federated option is here.
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John Sullivan, Molly de Blanc, and I recently descended upon Bellingham, WA for a weekend of free software talks and outreach at Linuxfest Northwest.
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A free net is necessary for a free society, and free software cannot thrive in a world where access to the Internet is controlled by people who work hard every day to restrict our freedom. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai is looking to hand control of the Internet over to companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, who are much more interested in their own profits than protecting your freedoms. Spread the word--tell your friends why we need to defend net neutrality today.
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Recently, we sent thousands of Free Software Foundation associate members and donors the Spring 2017 Bulletin in the mail.
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This is an educational opportunity to work with the organization that sponsors the GNU Project, publishes the GNU General Public License (GPL), and fights for software freedom.
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With my summer internship coming to a close and new days on the horizon, I'd like to share about my experiences as a systems administration intern at the FSF.
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I wrapped up my summer travel with a trip to Montreal, Quebec (Canada) for DebConf 17. This was my fourth time attending the annual Debian conference--which changes countries each year--and my first time presenting.
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Today Apple announced the arrival of several new iPhone models and other updated gadgets. As usual, the phones were revealed with great fanfare -- but from the glass exterior down to its guts, the new iPhone is just another freedom-restricting trap for unsuspecting users.
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Here at the Free Software Foundation, we've been planning for LibrePlanet 2018, and guess what? It's the tenth anniversary of this free software community conference, and it's happening March 24th-25th, 2018 in the Boston area!
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34 years ago today, Richard Stallman announced the launch of the GNU Project, an operating system developed specifically for the sake of users' freedom.
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For twenty years, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project have presented the Free Software Awards as a way of honoring people and projects who have advanced the movement or created free software programs that serve crucial societal needs.
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The tenth annual LibrePlanet conference is happening March 24th-25th, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and lots of people have already submitted their proposals for talks and workshops -- but we are offering everyone a few extra days to get their submissions in!
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This holiday season, give tech gifts that respect user freedom!
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LibrePlanet 2018 is only three months away, and it's your last chance to apply for travel funding!
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The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is about to gut Title II, destroying net neutrality protections. We only have two weeks to save them. This is the time to act.
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Join us to make your voice heard this Thursday!
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UPDATE: This bill passed into law on January 18, 2018.
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The tenth annual LibrePlanet free software conference is just two months away, and we've got a slate of fantastic keynote speakers for you!
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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the release of a new and improved version of GNU LibreJS, a plugin designed to protect the freedom of users on the Web.
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18 new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 24, 2018):
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On March 24th and 25th, 2018, the free software community will come together at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to learn, exchange ideas, catch up with friends, and plan the future of the movement. Will you join us?
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25 new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 23, 2018):
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LibrePlanet 2018 is just a few days away!
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LibrePlanet started as the annual meeting of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) membership. Ten years later, that meeting has transformed into a vibrant two-day conference that brings together hundreds of new and longtime members of the free software community from all parts of the world.
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Post-publication note: this is an April fools post. The only part that is true is the donation the FSF received from the Pineapple Fund in early 2018. That money will not be used to attempt to buy Facebook.
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19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of March 27, 2018):
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Here's how to work together to make email safer.
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Free software is under attack within the European Union (EU). The proposed European Copyright Directive poses a great risk for free software and its development. The Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Parliament will be voting June 20th and 21st on whether or not to continue to allow us to build software online, together.
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18 new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 25, 2018):
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The eleventh annual LibrePlanet free software conference will be held March 23-24, 2019, in the Boston area!
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Nominations are open for the 2018 Cascadia Community Builder Award!
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15 new GNU releases in the last month (as of September 26, 2018):
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Have you submitted a talk for LibrePlanet 2019 yet? The Call for Sessions (CfS) has been extended until Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 10:00 EST (14:00 UTC).
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8 new GNU releases in the last month (as of October 26, 2018 -- edited on October 30, 2018):
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This year, I'm happy to report, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) received two large donations, each nominally a million dollars.
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On March 23rd and 24th, 2019, the free software community will come together at the Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to learn, exchange ideas, catch up with friends, and plan the future of the movement at the LibrePlanet 2019 conference.
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21 new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 26, 2019):
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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is looking for interns to spend the summer contributing to work in one of three areas: campaigns, licensing, or technical.
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This popular and highly praised manual to the command line was written in a sprint in 2009 by the Free Software Foundation (FSF). We're currently seeking volunteers to help update it.
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15 new GNU releases in the last month (as of April 25, 2019):
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In the beginning of June, we sent a physical copy of our biannual spring Free Software Foundation (FSF) Bulletin to 11,715 of our most active free software supporters around the globe. Our Bulletin is written by FSF staff and free software activists, and it is now also available online.
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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is looking for interns to contribute to our campaigns, licensing, or technical team.
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Reforms to software idea patents do not make them any less unjust.
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16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 25, 2019):
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Don't let publishers fool you: the Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) in ebooks and "digital-first" textbooks makes them defective by design. Join us on October 12th to stand up for everyone's right to learn.
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Each year we use the Free Software Awards to recognize significant contributions to the free software movement. This year, we are adding a special award for newcomers as well. Nominate the developers, activists, and organizers that inspire you today.
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14 new GNU releases in the last month (as of September 26, 2019):
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"Free the Future" will be the theme for the twelfth annual LibrePlanet conference on free software, to be held in March 2020, in the Boston area. The call for sessions is now open. General registration, exhibitor registration, and sponsorship opportunities will open soon
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The office of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) joins Zürich as the second satellite location to EmacsConf 2019 - the one and only conference on the world's most polarizing text editor.
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11 new GNU releases in the last month (as of October 26, 2019):
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Together with Boston locals and more than 400 remote participants, the FSF hosted a successful satellite to this year's EmacsConf.
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Planning on buying a gift? Make sure it doesn't come with a hidden cost that's higher than its price tag.
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"ShoeTool" is an animated fairy tale about an elf shoemaker who thinks he buys a machine to help him make shoes... only to find out that there are there are strings attached to his 'purchase.'
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Free software supporters are the sort of people who keep their ear to the ground for threats to their liberty, so we don’t need to tell you that the struggle will be more urgent than ever in the year 2020.
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LibrePlanet 2020: Free the Future confirmed sessions have been published at libreplanet.org/2020!
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The second day of the unstoppable LibrePlanet 2020 conference showcased more speakers and contributors making great strides in the movement.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an enormous amount of changes in how people work, play, and communicate. By now, many of us have settled into the routine of using remote communication or videoconferencing tools to keep in touch with our friends and family. In the last few weeks we've also seen a number of lists and guides aiming to get people set up with the "right" tools for communicating in hard times, but in almost every case, these articles recommend that people make a difficult compromise: trading their freedom in order to communicate with the people they care about and work with.
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The LibrePlanet 2020 Virtual Raffle has been extended to June 7th. Get your friend to join the FSF today to qualify for prizes!
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The University of Costumed Heroes is an animated video telling the story of a group of heroes falling prey to the powers of proprietary software in education. The university board acquires cutting-edge remote learning software that enables them to continue their operations online, but -- [SPOILER ALERT] -- it may sow the seeds of their downfall.
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The thirteenth edition of the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) conference on technology and social justice will be held online in spring 2021. The Call for Sessions is now open, and will close on November 11th. Potential talks should examine free software through the lens of this year's theme: Empowering Users.
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UPDATE: The deadline for nominations has been extended to November 11th.
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"Rewind" is an animated video made for the Free Software Foundation (FSF) about a scientist in a dystopian reality who modifies the code of a program, leading to a groundbreaking discovery. But in our world, which is dominated by proprietary software, would she have the freedom she needs to make a difference?
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19 new GNU releases in the last month (as of December 30, 2020):
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"Fight to Repair" is an animated video from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) about two free software engineers rushing to fix a life-threatening problem in a vehicle's autopilot code.

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