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At the FSF, we run our own infrastructure using only free software, which makes us stand out from nearly every other nonprofit organization. Virtually all others rely on outside providers and use a significant amount of nonfree software. With your support, we set an example proving that a nonprofit can follow best practices while running only free software.
This statement could be the leitmotiv of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) about the LibrePlanet conference.
Let's Encrypt is a non-profit Certificate Authority (CA), run by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), which aims to make the process of getting X.509 certificates for Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption a trivial process, as well as cost-free.
Most you may not know who I am, though more folks in Latin America may. I started working for the FSF as a sysadmin at the end of November 2014.
With summer fast approaching in Boston, I appreciate the FSF office's air conditioning system. It keeps us comfortable in the heat, but during the record-breaking snowfall this winter, the system broke down, and as a result I found myself on an unexpected adventure.
A new vulnerability, known as "Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption" (POODLE), has been discovered in the SSL protocol.
The FSF has a new out-of-band notification account at https://pumprock.net/fsfstatus. We post updates on planned and unplanned service outages there.
We want to commend Google for doing the right thing.
Google users can still send subscription requests to contacts whose accounts are hosted elsewhere. But they cannot accept incoming requests. This change is akin to Google no longer accepting incoming e-mail for @gmail.com addresses from non-Google domains. That would be unthinkable.
I would like to take a few moments to introduce Buffalo, the access point and router which provides network connectivity to portable computers in the FSF's office.