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by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Dec 06, 2011 05:17 PM

Issue 16, July 2009

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  • Deadline for Fall internship applications is Monday
  • Why free software shouldn't depend on Mono or C#
  • Starting my internship at the FSF
  • The Challenge of Change
  • Introducing Holmes Wilson, The New Campaigns Manager.
  • GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Take action with the FSF!

Deadline for Fall internship applications is Monday!

If you are interested in being an intern at the Free Software Foundation for the Fall, from August 31st to December 4th, it's time to send your application! We've extended the deadline by a few days, but please make sure we receive your application by this Monday, July 20th.

Why free software shouldn't depend on Mono or C

Debian's decision to include Mono in its principal way of installing GNOME, for the sake of Tomboy, which is an application written in C#, leads the community in a risky direction. It is dangerous to depend on C#, so we need to discourage its use. The problem is not unique to Mono; any free implementation of C# would raise the same issue.

Starting my internship at the FSF

I am one of the Free Software Foundation's newest interns, which is a little surprising because less than a year ago, I didn't even know what an operating system was. While interning here, I hope to help myself and others become more educated about free software. I also hope to introduce free software as something that is very accessible, easy to use, and most importantly, as something that does not restrict users' freedoms.

The Challenge of Change

I am very excited to announce that I will be interning with the Free Software Foundation this summer. Since I am going into my junior year of high school, the FSF has assigned me a project that is long overdue: figuring out a way to get young people involved in free software.

Introducing Holmes Wilson, the new campaigns manager

Hello everyone. My name's Holmes and I just started at the Free Software Foundation as a campaigns manager. I'm still getting set up, so I'll hold off on a longer post. But here's a quick introduction to me and what I'm hoping to focus on in my work here.

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Updated GNU packages for this month:

cpio-2.10 dfarc-3.2.2 findutils-4.4.2 freeipmi-0.7.10 gengen-1.3 gengetopt-2.22.2 gnuradio-3.2.1 gsasl-1.2 guile-1.8.7 libasn1-0.1.0 libgsasl-1.2 libiconv-1.13.1 libidn-1.15 libtasn1-2.2 libunistring-0.9.1 libzrtpcpp-1.4.5 pexec-1.0rc7 sed-4.2.1 serveez-0.1.7 sipwitch-0.5.6 solfege-3.14.5 source-highlight-3.1 tramp-2.1.16 vc-dwim-1.1 xlogmaster-1.6.2 zile-2.3.8

To get announcements of most new GNU packages, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: Nearly all GNU software is available from, or preferably one of its mirrors (

I'd like to give a warm welcome to Christian Campos, newly-dubbed maintainer of gnutrition. Also, thanks to Niels Moeller, already maintainer of GNU lsh, for the new GNU package nettle, and to Leo Jackson (maintainer of maverik), for taking over the GNU leg package.

Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers and other assistance. Please see if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at To submit new packages to GNU, see

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

Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events

  • Jul 17 | El Movimiento del Software Libre -- Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jul 22 | El Movimiento del Software Libre -- San Cristobal, Venezuela
  • Aug 23 | El Software Libre en la Ética y en la Práctica Cordoba, Agentina
  • Aug 24 | Software Libre en la Ética y en the Práctica -- Buenos Aires, Argentina

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, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA and more.


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