How the tech team has been supporting you and GNU
We made good progress on the GNUHope cluster project, a modern server stack that is replacing our main infrastructure. Since its deployment at the beginning of the year, we have now increased its storage capacity, improved the network design, and hardened the firewall. Thanks to that gained capacity, we were able to decommission the biggest server of the old stack, Pyxis, a venerable machine which had been hosting some critical infrastructure – including gnu.org and fsf.org – and that had started to show its age by overheating and crashing. We also had some hardware and network incidents that caused a bit of downtime, but they were resolved without any data loss.
We launched an improved forum for FSF associate members at https://forum.members.fsf.org, powered by free software called Discourse. This is a dedicated space where members can meet, communicate, and collaborate with each other. You'll be able to log in using the same Central Authentication Service (CAS) account that you used to set up your membership. We encourage you to log in, check it out, and get the conversation going.
Over the spring and summer we welcomed a great group of collaborators, including four talented interns and an independent contractor (see the LibreJS article for info about our contractor’s work). During the spring, as part of our mentorship-internship program with GNU, Darshan Kadu worked closely with the GIMP project to update the JPEG 2000 plug-in to use OpenJPEG as its backend library. His code was released in GIMP 2.10.0.
For the fall, we're collaborating with UC Berkeley's Blueprint program to write a phone application that will offer a way to make small, convenient donations to the FSF, and help members keep track of FSF news, blog posts, and petition action alerts. We're also starting with two remote interns, Hrishikesh Barman and Lei Zhao, who will be helping us to improve our system monitoring, and who will contribute to LibreJS and other projects.
All this work is part of our never-ending effort to bring better tools and support to the community so our advocacy work can be better heard and much-needed free software can be developed. We rely on your support and contributions, both through donations and through intern work. We accept interns four times a year; if you are interested in applying, see the latest schedule at https://u.fsf.org/gj. For information about being an intern through Outreachy, see https://outreachy.org.