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Support the FSF through the GNU Press shop with great holiday picks

by Davis Remmel Contributions Published on Dec 07, 2021 02:58 PM

GNU sweating over shop orders

Greetings from the GNU Press shop! My name is Davis Remmel, and I am excited to introduce myself as the new operations assistant at the Free Software Foundation (FSF). These past few weeks I've been working through our backlog of orders, and I'm pleased to say that we are just about caught up and processing new orders on our normal timeline.

If you were thinking about getting a gift for that GNU-loving friend or family member, now is the time to place that order! If you're in the US, and if you place your order by Friday, December 17, there's a good chance that package will arrive on, or before, December 24.

Although I've been an FSF member for years, and a free software supporter for longer, I never truly understood just how much the FSF does in its day-to-day operations. Every day, our campaigns, licensing, technical, and operations teams work to consistently promote free software, with the vision that one day (and with your support!) we'll live in a society that treats free software as the norm, valuing its ethical rules of distribution which ensure software users aren't at the beck and call of proprietary software companies.

FSF associate members enjoy a 20% discount on all merchandise. Plus, you'll help us reach our goal of 500 new members before December 31st. This means, for instance, if you are starting a free software manual book club and tea drinking society, the fifth member of your club can be outfitted with books and mug gratis.

It's been eye-opening seeing the mechanics of the organization, and now that I'm in it, I've developed a greater appreciation of the FSF. We need your support to promote free software, and one of the easiest ways of doing that is wearing it on the outside.

Now, about this time of year--at least, in the northern hemisphere--the outside is cold! Our cozy GNU scarf and GNU beanie are just the things to keep toasty, and their maroon colors pair with almost anything. The scarf is double-layered woven acrylic, and measures 7" by 56" and is over 1/4" thick.

Already warm? We have an excellent selection of t-shirts that will keep you cool in both temperature and style. Their all-cotton construction is extremely comfortable. We only have a few 35th anniversary shirts left, so get them before they're gone!

If you're unsure what to get that special someone, or just want to treat yourself, consider our Emacs de Luxe Bundle: it has manuals, tutorials, references, mugs, shirts, and just like Emacs it includes the kitchen sink stickers.

For privacy lovers (or those who have ever uttered the word, "cryptography"), we have a NeuG USB True Random Number Generator (RNG). Your cryptographic keys will be stronger than an ox, without any need to trust your CPU's definition of "random." I recommend this RNG in conjunction with our anti-surveillance webcam stickers, which don't leave residue and can also cover microphone holes.

Stickers make great stocking-stuffers, and we offer a delightful smörgåsbord in our Super Sticker Mega Multi Pack. If there's one in particular you like, we carry many in packs of ten.

I'm excited to be the one filling these orders, and hope that each customer is satisfied. Please let me know at sales@fsf.org if you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback. I'll be happy to assist.

Image by Dawn B. Peterson. Copyright © 2021 Free Software Foundation, Inc., licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

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