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Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup time: May 18th starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT/16:00 UTC

by Ted Teah Contributions Published on May 14, 2018 03:52 PM
Join the FSF and friends Friday, May 18th, from 12:00p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory, with this week's theme of graphics/drawing software.

Help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. Every Friday we meet on IRC in the #fsf channel on irc.freenode.org.

Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions, to providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by FSF staff and trained volunteers.

When a user comes to the Directory, they know that everything in it is free software, has only free dependencies, and runs on a free OS. With over 16,000 entries, it is a massive repository of information about free software.

While the Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world for many years now, it has the potential to be a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help! And since it's a MediaWiki instance, it's easy for anyone to edit and contribute to the Directory.

During this week in 1928, Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the cartoon Plane Crazy. However, his first appearance before the public was officially in the short Steamboat Willie, since it was released first. 70 years later, Mickey became infamous in a new way: as the derisive namesake of the US Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) of 1998, which extended, and thereby harmonized the US and EU length of copyright.

To honor this dubious milestone, the theme of the Directory meeting is graphics and drawing software. One immediate item that needs a refresh is GIMP. The other big drawing projects could be helped by adding screenshots and updating the entries. Of course, if you know of any projects that aren't listed, we hope you will take the time to add them to the Directory.

If you are eager to help, and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the Directory today! There are also weekly Directory Meeting pages that everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each meeting. To see the meeting start time in your time zone, run this in GNU bash: date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'

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