Free Software Supporter - Issue 81, December 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What does it mean for your computer to be loyal?
- Committee begins review of High Priority Projects list -- your input is needed
- Reclaiming the PDF from Adobe Reader
- Print this guide
- How many LibrePlanet scholarships will we give?
- EU to fund Free Software code review
- A hacker's journey: freeing a phone from the ground up
- Study: European Parliament must adopt free software and standards
- April is celebrating its 18th anniversary -- share the reasons why you love and support April
- Protect your privacy -- help GnuPG hire a second developer!
- GCC 5 C++14 language feature-complete
- Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
- LibrePlanet featured resource: Current Events calendar
- GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: nineteen new GNU releases!
- GNU Toolchain update
- Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
- Thank GNUs!
- GNU copyright contributions
- Take action with the FSF
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What does it mean for your computer to be loyal?
From December 18th, by Richard Stallman
At the free software movement's inception, we took it for granted that your computer would do what your programs tell it to do, and no more. Nowadays, many computers are designed to be disloyal to their users, and it has become necessary to spell out what it means for your computer to be a loyal platform that obeys your decisions.
Committee begins review of High Priority Projects list -- your input is needed
From December 8th
The potential value of a list of High Priority Projects maintained by the Free Software Foundation is its ability to bring attention to a relatively small number of projects of great strategic importance to the goal of freedom for all computer users. A volunteer committee is beginning a review of the list and would appreciate your suggestions.
Reclaiming the PDF from Adobe Reader
From December 5th
In October, it was discovered that Adobe had removed the link to download Adobe Reader, its proprietary PDF file viewer, for use with a GNU/Linux operating system. Thankfully, there are several free software PDF readers available for both GNU/Linux users and users of other operating systems.
Print this guide
From December 12th
The FSF Giving Guide is an easy-to-use resource that can make a difference in what people buy. We just need to get it in front of them.
How many LibrePlanet scholarships will we give?
From December 11th
Will you help us bring important voices to LibrePlanet 2015 by making a contribution to our scholarship fund?
EU to fund free software code review
From December 19th, from the Free Software Foundation Europe
In the EU budget for 2015, which the European Parliament adopted on December 17, the Parliamentarians have allocated up to one million Euro for a project to audit free software programs in use at the Commission and the Parliament in order to identify and fix security vulnerabilities.
A hacker's journey: freeing a phone from the ground up
From December 6th, by Paul Kocialkowski of the Replicant
Every once in a while, an unexpected combination of circumstances ends up enabling us to do something pretty awesome. This is the story of one of those times.
- Part 1: http://code.paulk.fr/article20/a-hacker-s-journey-freeing-a-phone-from-the-ground-up-first-part
- Part 2: http://code.paulk.fr/article21/a-hacker-s-journey-freeing-a-phone-from-the-ground-up-second-part
- Part 3: http://code.paulk.fr/article22/a-hacker-s-journey-freeing-a-phone-from-the-ground-up-third-part
- Part 4: http://code.paulk.fr/article23/a-hacker-s-journey-freeing-a-phone-from-the-ground-up-fourth-part
Study: European Parliament must adopt free software and standards
From December 12th, by the Free Software Foundation Europe
This study by two European legal experts details the need for free software in the workings of the government body, to ensure public accountability and accessibility.
April is celebrating its 18th anniversary -- share the reasons why you love and support April
From December 19th, by April, our allies in France
April was registered as a nonprofit on November, 1996, at the Bobigny prefecture, and its creation was announced in the Journal Officiel's issue 51, from December 18th, 1996. Share with us testimony, a comment, an anecdote (French) about the association or about free software and/or explain in a few words why you love/support April.
Protect your privacy -- help GnuPG hire a second developer!
From December 16th, by the Free Software Foundation Europe
GnuPG is the world's leading privacy tool, with an estimated base of more than four million active users world-wide, and a thousand new users each day. This crucial program needs your help to keep going in 2015 and beyond.
GCC 5 C++14 language feature-complete
From December 23rd, from the GNU C Compiler community
GCC has support for the latest revision of the C++ standard, which was published in 2014. C++14 features are available as part of the "mainline" GCC compiler in the trunk of GCC's Subversion repository and in GCC 4.8 and later.
Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
From December 29th
Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org 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. Meetings take place in the #fsf channel on irc.gnu.org, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone's welcome.
The next meeting is Friday, January 2nd from 2pm to 5pm EDT (19:00 to 22:00 UTC). Details here:
After this meeting, you can check https://www.fsf.org/events to see the rest of this month's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.
LibrePlanet featured resource: Current Events calendar
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 the LibrePlanet Current Events calendar, which is a freely editable space to find and share free software events taking place all over the world.
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: nineteen new GNU releases!
Nineteen new GNU releases in the last month (as of December 22, 2014):
To get announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu. Nearly all GNU software is available from http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors (http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html). You can use the url http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.
This month, we welcome Jean-Michel Sellier as the author of the new GNU package dionysys, joining his other packages archimedes and nano-archimedes; Alex Sassmannshausen as the author and maintainer of the new GNU package glean; and Gavin Smith as co-maintainer of Texinfo.
A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see http://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at http://www.gnu.org/help/help.html. To submit new packages to the GNU operating system, see http://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.
As always, please feel free to write to me, email@example.com, with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
GNU Toolchain update
From December 17th
The GNU Toolchain refers to the part of the GNU system which is used for building programs. These components of GNU are together often on other systems and for compiling programs for other platforms.
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 https://www.fsf.org/events.
So far, Richard Stallman has the following events this month:
- Jan 12, 2015, 04:30 PM, Richmond, USA, "The free software movement"
- Jan 26, 2015, 02:00 PM, Corning, USA, "Free software and your freedom"
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:
- Donald Craig
- Viktor Przebinda
- The Skowronski Foundation
- Michael Cavanaugh
- Alex Chekholko
- Klaus Copony
- James Fitzgerald
- Jon Howell
- Rolf Joho
- Vidyuth Kini
- Vivekanand Maddali
- Russell McManus
- Luiz Paternostro
- Michael Kirkland Sartain
- Steven Schwartzberg
- Christian Sperr
- Benjamin Wiley Sittler
- Marinos Yannikos
- Alipes Inc.
- Kahle/Austin Foundation
- Arctic Reservations
- Eben Moglen
- Lee & Heidi Newberg Fund
- Daniel Riek
- Eric Rollins
You can add your name to this list by donating at https://donate.fsf.org.
GNU copyright contributions
Assigning your copyright to the Free Software Foundation helps us defend the GPL and keep software free. The following individuals have assigned their copyright to the FSF in the past month:
- Morgan Weetman (findutils)
- Jon Christopher Snader (emacs)
- Nikolas Nyby (emacs)
- Eleftherios Karapetsas (emacs)
Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your copyright to the FSF.
Take action with the FSF
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I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom! https://www.fsf.org/join
The FSF is also always looking for volunteers (https://www.fsf.org/volunteer). 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 (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA, and more.
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