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Welcome to the Bulletin

by root Contributions Published on Dec 18, 2009 03:14 PM
by Matt Lee, Campaigns Manager

Welcome to another issue of the Free Software Foundation Bulletin. Right now, we're in the middle of our busy fundraising season. As a supporter of the Free Software Foundation, we depend on your generosity -- in the form of donations and associate memberships -- to do the work we do. So, in a change of pace from our usual Bulletin format, I have asked the staff at the Free Software Foundation to give an update on how your financial support has been used recently, and some of the upcoming projects for us here at the FSF.

Our Web site,, has also been updated to reflect our current fundraising drive, with video features from prominent members of the free software community, including Samba developer Jeremy Allison, hardware designer for the $100 laptop, Mary Lou Jepsen, long-term GNU hacker and the present lead developer of Gnash, Rob Savoye, and copyright activist Cory Doctorow.

These videos represent the vanguard of what is possible on the Web now -- with support for the free Ogg Theora and Vorbis multimedia formats built into many of the Web browsers being used, we can bring more interactive and engaging video media to our advocacy work. As an example of this, we've dug up a video of former campaigns manager and now operations manager, John Sullivan, from the archives. This video, shot in 2007, features John explaining the basics of free software and makes an excellent introduction to the subject for any newcomers, as well as providing a good example of how our various campaigns relate to each other. Work done by the pioneering hackers and advocacy from PlayOgg is now affecting real change in all of the FSF's campaign actions.

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