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by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Dec 06, 2011 05:22 PM

Issue 33, December 2010


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  • An appeal from Peter Brown
  • FSF Fall 2010 Bulletin articles start to appear
  • 82 web site domains seized -- a preview of the Internet blacklist?
  • Zuckerberg is the Person of the Year? Where's the "dislike" button?
  • New US cybersecurity bill could threaten free software
  • The most important work for freedom seen in generations
  • Kettling Wikileaks
  • GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
  • Take action with the FSF!

An appeal from Peter Brown

This year, the FSF turned 25! We were launched by Richard Stallman in 1985 to be a home for the GNU Project, and to undertake the advocacy campaigns to advance the cause of a free software world.

Our executive director, Peter Brown, wrote an appeal to the community asking for financial support for the next year. You can join our membership for $10/month or you can donate any amount using several methods. Our main funding source is individual donations from people like you.

FSF Fall 2010 Bulletin articles start to appear

The first three articles from the latest issue of the FSF Bulletin are now online. You can read "Lending: A solved problem" by John Sullivan, "When Free Software Isn't Better" by Benjamin Mako Hill, and "The Saga of the Sun RPC Code" by Bradley M. Kuhn.

82 web site domains seized -- a preview of the Internet blacklist?

The Internet Blacklist bill passed out of Senate committee on November 18th. It's now facing some stiff opposition in the broader Senate, but we need to let that opposition know we support them. If you are in the United States, please sign the petition if you haven't already, and write directly to your senator.

Zuckerberg is the Person of the Year? Where's the "dislike" button?

TIME Magazine praises Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, for creating a system that has connected people around the world with each other but, unfortunately, the terms under which he claims to have done this set a terrible precedent for our future -- for our control over the software we use to interact with each other, for control over our data, and for our privacy.

We have prepared some "dislike" buttons which you can use to show your opposition to that, and to raise awareness about the important issues of freedom, privacy and autonomy.

New US cybersecurity bill could threaten free software

Richard Stallman recently called our attention to the Homeland Security Cyber and Physical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2010. This bill, currently being considered in a House subcommittee, has the potential to threaten software freedom.

Its loose wording would allow bad measures like requiring companies, institutions, or even just major Web sites, to use specific proprietary software.

We need to make sure that free software is not hurt by this bill.

The most important work for freedom seen in generations

This year introduced several freedom-threatening technologies, from the iPad to the DRM'd App Store for Mac OS X, and from the more aggressive DRM on video games to the increasing efforts from Microsoft, Sony, Intel and Adobe to keep control over users.

You can support our campaign to eliminate Digital Restrictions Management by donating to the FSF.

Kettling Wikileaks

Richard Stallman wrote about online protesting and digital handcuffs in an article originally published by the Guardian.

This article provides an important back story to our anti-DRM campaign. It helps show the bigger picture of how DRM is a threat to society's freedom: it's about more than just access to music and movies.

LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet Italia

Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful -- often one that could use your help.

For this month, we are highlighting LibrePlanet Italia, which was the very first official LibrePlanet local group! It's a great model for starting your own local group, as several others have done since.

Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

acm-5.1 global-5.9.3 libmicrohttpd-0.9.4 autogen-5.11.5 glpk-4.45 libtasn1-2.9 binutils-2.21 gnunet-0.9.0pre2 libzrtpcpp-1.5.3 ccrtp-1.7.2 gnutls-2.10.4 parallel-20101222 coreutils-8.8 groff-1.21 recutils-1.1 denemo-0.8.22 gretl-1.9.3 smalltalk-3.2.3 electric-9.00 gsasl-1.6.0 swbis-1.7 freeipmi-0.8.12 guile-1.8.8 ucommon-4.0.4 garpd-0.2.0 help2man-1.38.4 wdiff-0.6.5 gcc-4.5.2 icecat-3.6.13 xorriso-0.6.6 glibc-2.12.2 libgsasl-1.6.0

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 ( You can use the url to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month we welcome Tim Marston as the the new maintainer of GNU Gtypist and Fadi Osman as the new maintainer of GNU Sather.

I'd like to specially note the new pretest release of GNUnet (a framework for decentralized peer-to-peer networking), made with the hope of getting feedback from the community. See and get involved if you're interested.

I'd also like to mention the newly-revamped GNU documentation web page, It now lists all official GNU packages, grouped by category, with links to online manuals and home pages.

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

2011-01-20 | El Movimiento del Software Libre y el Sistema Operativo GNU/Linux Sangolqui, Ecuador *

2011-01-21 | Software Libre en la √Čtica y en la Practica Latacunga, Ecuador *

2011-01-22 | El Movimiento del Software Libre y el Sistema Operativo GNU/Linux Portoviejo, Ecuador *

2011-01-24 | El Software Libre y Tu Libertad Manabi, Ecuador *

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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