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Free Software Supporter, Issue 58, January 2013

by libby Contributions Published on Feb 01, 2013 01:23 PM
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  • RIP Aaron Swartz
  • Interview with Matthieu Aubry of Piwik
  • Popular self-publishing and book printing company, Lulu, drops DRM
  • What can we ask of the USPTO?
  • Where in the world is RMS? community contest
  • GNU Press releases new edition of the Emacs manual!
  • Don't miss our daily highlights on!
  • GNU Press now selling GNU/Linux Inside stickers!
  • Help us sign up 71 new members by January 31st, and use your new Jabber account
  • May/June 2012: In Florianopolis and at Porto Alegre's Palácio Piratini
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Promote Free Software
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 27 new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • Take action with the FSF!

RIP Aaron Swartz

From January 11th

On January 11th, Aaron Swartz, a social justice advocate, free software author, and friend of the FSF, committed suicide. His loss has been deeply felt by many.

Interview with Matthieu Aubry of Piwik

From January 22nd

This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works. In this installment, I interviewed (via email) Matthieu Aubry, the creator of Piwik, a freely licensed web analytics package. The FSF encourages people to use Piwik as a replacement for Google Analytics, since Google Analytics requires nonfree JavaScript to run in visitors' browsers, and to be careful with Piwik's privacy settings to make sure that visitor IP addresses and other identifiable bits of information are not recorded.

Popular self-publishing and book printing company, Lulu, drops DRM

From January 22nd

Online self-publishing platforms have lowered barriers for authors to get their works published, giving rise to a new kind of literature that works without big publishers. Lulu is one of the most popular solutions for writers to easily sell their works in print or as ebooks. A few years ago, they defended their DRM-encumbered ebooks, but they have just announced that they are saying goodbye to DRM.

What can we ask of the USPTO?

From January 23rd

The USPTO is organising roundtables to get suggestions from software developers. The FSF has requested to participate.

Where in the world is RMS? community contest

RMS and his laptops are inseparable, and they've been around the world together. In January we challenged our members to identify where RMS and his laptop are in this picture.

The first to answer correctly received a free software tshirt.

GNU Press releases new edition of the Emacs manual!

From January 3rd

GNU Emacs manuals are back, now in the updated seventeenth edition for version 24.2, complete with a matching Emacs reference card. Enjoy learning to program (or write poetry!) with Emacs while sipping a hot coffee in our Emacs reference mugs.

Don't miss our daily highlights on!

From January 3rd

When you visit now through the end of January (and maybe beyond!), you'll notice something different about our home page. It's our new "daily highlight," a little tidbit of free software history, wisdom, art, and even goodies like coupons for you to enjoy.

GNU Press now selling GNU/Linux Inside stickers!

From January 18th

By popular demand, we are now selling the GNU/Linux Inside sticker pack. For $15, you receive 10 GNU/Linux stickers. Because these stickers are high-quality and durable, they won't fade away or scratch off your computer, making it the ideal way to rep your use of free software!

Help us sign up 71 new members by January 31st, and use your new Jabber account

From January 29th

We've launched an XMPP (Jabber) server for FSF members to use. If you're not already a member, join today and help us reach our "stretch" goal of 71 new members by January 31st.

May/June 2012: In Florianopolis and at Porto Alegre's Palácio Piratini

From January 28th

RMS was at the "II Fórum Mundial de Educação Profissional e Tenológica: Democratização, Emancipaçao e Sustentabilidade" in Florianopolis, to deliver his speech "Free Software and Your Freedom," on May 30th, and, on the 31st, to speak on the "The Free Software Movement: Appropriation, Designing and Use" panel, in front of about 500 students, professors, researchers, government workers, and union members. His message was simple: "For ethical education, the software used must be livre, and the teaching materials must be livre too."

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

Tens of thousands of people visit each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions to version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing. The Free Software Directory has been a great resource to software users over the past decade, but it needs your help staying up-to-date with new and exciting free software projects.

To help, join our weekly IRC meetings on Fridays from 2:00pm to 5pm EDT (19:00 to 22:00 UTC) . Meetings take place in the #fsf channel on, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone's welcome.

LibrePlanet featured resource: Promote Free Software

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 Promote Free Software, which provides information about working together to raise the profile of free software. You are invited to adopt, spread and improve this important resource.

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

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 27 new GNU releases!

27 new GNU releases this month (as of January 24, 2012):

sipwitch-1.5.0 gnun-0.7

To get announcements of most new GNU releases, 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.

We welcome Lucas Bonnet as a new co-maintainer of GNU EMMS, Stephen Dawson as the maintainer of the new package remotecontrol (first release already made), Holger Hans Peter Freyther as the new maintainer of GNU Smalltalk, Shaunak Shaha as the new maintainer of GNU DDD, and Jose Marchesi as the new maintainer of GNU sed (in addition to the many things he already does).

A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, 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 the GNU operating system, see

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

Richard Stallman's speaking schedule

For event details, as well as to sign-up to be notified for future events in your area, please visit .

So far, Richard Stallman has the following events in February and March:

Other FSF and free software events

Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, but we'd like to give special recognition to the folks who have donated $500 or more in the last month.

This month, a big Thank GNU to:

  • Anthony J. Stieber
  • Daniel Dehennin
  • Dennis W. Tokarski
  • Marinos J. Yannikos
  • James A Cole
  • David Klann
  • Luiz Paternostro
  • Daniel Kahn Gillmor
  • Pete Batard
  • Brett Smith
  • William Pollock
  • Lawrence Lessig
  • Rhandeev Singh
  • Terence O'Gorman
  • Gary Steinmetz
  • Eric Rollins
  • Alan H. Guthrie
  • Michael D'Errico
  • Erick Rudiak
  • iFixit
  • Andrew Dougherty
  • Kimura Masaru
  • Wen Chen
  • Lawrence Ho
  • Paul Eggert
  • Irene & Richard Van Slyke
  • Dr. Venkateswarlu Pothapragada
  • Matt Kraai
  • Roaring Penguin
  • Sverre H. Huseby
  • Eric Rollins
  • Dr. Mirko Luedde
  • Aaron Culich
  • Adam Klotblixt
  • Adam Kunigiel
  • Alejandro Luis Bonavita
  • Alessandro Vesely
  • Alex Chekholko
  • Andrew Dougherty
  • Andrew Lewman
  • Matt Ettus
  • Andrew Dougherty
  • Andrew Lewman
  • Andrew V. Belousoff
  • Antonio Carzaniga
  • Ashley Fryer
  • Ben Sturmfels
  • Brett Smith
  • Iñaki Arenaza
  • Colin Carr
  • Craig Andrews
  • Daniel Dehennin

You can add your name to this list by donating at

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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