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FSD meeting recap 2022-09-09

by Craig Topham Contributions Published on Sep 12, 2022 10:58 AM
Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at today's Free Software Directory (FSD) IRC meeting.

Every week, free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on Libera.Chat to help improve the FSD, which is a catalog of useful free software that runs under free GNU-like systems (not limited to the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants) and a project of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). This recaps the work we accomplished at the Friday the 9th, 2022 meeting, where we saw a new program added and several entries updated, including the restoration of Rust to the Directory after review and discussion of their current trademark policy.

Other interesting conversations had during the Directory work session:

  • The common misunderstandings about trademarks and free software licensing.

  • The pitfalls of trying to use licenses for social good, but reaching beyond their scope and purpose.

  • Whether a Java interpreted jar file constitutes source code, and the answer is: it does not. Having the original java files would be required because they are the preferred form of the work for making modifications to it.

New programs approved with licensing check:

  • Nicotine+, a graphical client for the Soulseek peer-to-peer network.

Programs with version bumps or minor edits:

  • Gammath_SPOT, a Stock Price-Opining Tool for investors.
  • Rust, a memory-safe programming language.

Join us each week to help improve the FSD every Friday in #fsf on Libera.Chat from 12:00 to 15:00 EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Find out upcoming FSD IRC Meetings by subscribing to our events RSS feed.

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