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by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Dec 06, 2011 05:16 PM

Issue 14, May 2009

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  • FSF launches new free software activist internship program
  • ESP launches a wiki for Anti Software Patent Campaigns
  • Impeach Bezos for Amazon's Kindle Swindle
  • The War on Sharing: Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits
  • GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Take action with the FSF!

FSF launches new free software activist internship program

The deadline for applications for the summer term is Monday, May 25.

The FSF has announced a new internship program for free software activists, inviting students to apply for its first round of openings by Monday, May 25th.

The program provides opportunities for participants to work closely with FSF staff members for twelve-week terms in core areas of the FSF's work, including campaign and community organizing, free software licensing, systems and network administration, GNU project support, and web development.

ESP launches a wiki for anti software patent campaigns.

End Software Patents today launched, a wiki to document the case against software patents. Over 100 articles have already been started to give an idea of the scope and structure of the wiki.

ESP's executive director Ciaran O'Riordan explains: "So far, we have articles about the case law, legislation, and patent office behavior in various countries. We have articles about economic studies, about related books, about the various ways to fight software patents, about each of the arguments against software patents, and most importantly, the evidence for each argument."

Impeach Bezos for Amazon's Kindle Swindle

Ian's story of being banned from Amazon for returning too many things reminded us of a Seinfeld episode, where Kramer gets banned from Joe's Fruit Market -- the best fruit market in town -- when he tries to return a sub par peach...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said in the past, "Our vision is every book, ever printed, in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds" -- but like a fortune cookie, to understand what he really means here you need to add "exclusively controlled by us" to the end of the quote.

The War on Sharing: Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits

In one of RIAA’s high profile cases the Free Software Foundation backed defendant Joel Tenenbaum, much to the dislike of the music industry lobby. John Sullivan, Operations Manager at the FSF explains in a guest post why they think these cases impact not just music, but also free software and its technology.

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

coreutils-7.3 CSSC-1.2.0 findutils-4.4.1 freeipmi-0.7.8 gcc-4.4.0 glpk-4.38 gmp-4.3.0 gnu-c-manual-0.2 libtasn1-2.1 libunistring-0.9 psychosynth-0.1.5 sed-4.2 sipwitch-0.5.4 solfege-3.14.3 sqltutor-0.6 swbis-1.3 ucommon-2.0.5 zile-2.3.7

See the packages' announcements, web pages ( or the distributions themselves for details. Nearly all are available from, or preferably one of its mirrors (

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

I'd like to give a warm welcome to Tim Musson, author and maintainer of the new GNU packages gxmessage and ignuit.

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

  • May 13 | TBC -- Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Spain

  • Jun 05 | Trophées du Libre 2009

  • Jun 06 | Copyleft and the War on Sharing -- Danbury, CT

  • Jun 12 | Software Libre en la Ética y en the Práctica -- Quito, Ecuador

  • Jun 15 | El Movimiento del Software Libre -- Sangolquí, Ecuador

Take action with the FSF

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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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