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by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Dec 06, 2011 05:10 PM

Issue 2, April 2008

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In this issue

  • FSF Seeks Senior GNU/Linux Systems Administrator and Programmer
  • Free software jobs page gets a facelift
  • Free Software Awards
  • Associate members meeting
  • Amicus brief filed to end software patents
  • Help improve the guide to DRM-free living
  • Battling DRM in the Big Apple
  • GNU: Spotlight with Karl Berry
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF speeches

FSF Seeks Senior GNU/Linux Systems Administrator and Programmer

Please, pass this along to the qualified applicants you know!

The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded, seasoned, experienced GNU/Linux systems administrator and programmer. (S)he will be intimately familiar with the free software community and how it works, and will be more interested in making a substantial contribution to software freedom than obtaining a high salary.

For more details visit:

Free software jobs page gets a facelift

A while back we realized that a search engine query of "software jobs" or "free software jobs" put our jobs page ( at the top of most search engine results. So, we have given the site a facelift to help the free software community connect with jobs in free software. Read the blog post to find out more:

Free Software Awards

At this year's associate members meeting, the Award for Projects of Social Benefit and the Award for the Advancement of Free Software were given to Groklaw and Harald Welte, respectively. You can read more about the awards and their recipients at:

Associate members meeting

We know many of you are eagerly awaiting recordings and photos from this year's associate members meeting and network services summit -- they are coming soon. It was a great event, with over one hundred people attending!

Amicus brief filed to end software patents

The End Software Patents campaign has filed an amicus brief for the rehearing of the Bilski case -- a case that could lead to the elimination of patents on software. You can read the press release, here: Help improve the guide to DRM-free living

We realized that our Guide to DRM-free Living was a bit outdated. We've added some resources and could use your help to add more. You can submit new sites for the guide by emailing

Read the blog: and the Guide: Battling DRM in the Big Apple

This month, in the campaign against DRM, DbD's Joshua Gay gave a talk to the Library Association of the City University of New York discussing free software and DRM in libraries -- the most popular questions asked were: is the Boston Public Library going to drop DRM? (You can find out more about the BPL action:

Two weeks later, DbD's John Sullivan visited the Princeton Club in NYC to discuss the tenth anniversary of the DMCA at the Copyright Society's monthly luncheon as part of a panel that included an attorney from Time-Warner and the CEO of In front of a high-powered audience well-suited to make change in the way the law is practiced, Sullivan advocated repealing the DMCA and treating DRM as a social and ethical problem.

GNU: Spotlight with Karl Berry

GNU is participating in Google's Summer of Code program again this year -- all applications are in, and we look forward to sharing with you who our mentors and mentees will be next month.

The notable new GNU releases for March 2008 include GCC and Emacs. See the packages' announcements, web pages ( or the distributions themselves for details. Nearly all are available from, or preferably one of the mirrors:

classpath-0.97.1 emacs-22.2 findutils-4.4.0 freefont-20080323 gcc-4.3.0 gdb-6.8 global-5.7 glpk-4.27 gnash-0.8.2 gnuradio-3.1.2 icecat- libcdio-0.80 libextractor-0.5.20 libidn-1.6 libmatheval-1.1.7 libtool-2.2.tar rpge-0.0.1 smalltalk-3.0.2 solfege-3.10.3 wget-1.11.1

For example, PKGNAME=classpath would be:

To get the announcements of most new GNU packages, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list (, which is publicly archived (

The GNU gnutrition (nutrition-related functionality), and mifluz (inverted text index) packages are now looking for maintainers. See each package web page at for details.

Please feel free to write to me,, with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF speeches

Upcoming FSF and RMS speaking events can be found on the FSF events page:

04/08 Malaga, Spain -- "El Software Libre en la Etica y la Practica." Info:

04/17 Colchester, Vermont -- "Copyright vs. Community." Info:

04/18 Burlington, Vermont -- "The Free Software Movement." Info:

04/19 Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico -- "Copyright vs. Community." Info:

05/02 Manchester, UK -- To be announced. Info:

Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at If you're already a member, you can help refer new members (and earn some rewards) by adding a line with your member number to your email signature like:

I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom!

The FSF is also always looking for volunteers ( From rabble-rousing to hacking, from issue coordination to envelope stuffing -- there's something here for everybody to do. Also, head over to our campaign section ( and take action on software patents, DRM, Vista, Opendocument, RIAA and more.

Copyright (c) 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

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