Free Software Supporter - Issue 71, February 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The FSF is hiring: Seeking a Boston-area full-time Web Developer
- Sign up for the FSF's next seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics
- FSF joins forces with SFLC and OSI to fight software patents in U.S. Supreme Court
- One month until LibrePlanet! Schedule and t-shirt design announced!
- GNU MediaGoblin campaign for federation and privacy in 2014!
- We're so excited for 2014
- Free software fighting back against bulk surveillance
- Thank you for the software that makes our work possible
- LulzBot TAZ 3 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom
- Watch and share this LibrePlanet video
- February 2014 - Espoo and Helsinki, Finland - At Altoo University and at Haaga-Helia's Happy Hacking Day
- April launches membership campaign entitled "giving priority to free software"
- SHU lectures offer different perspectives on the Internet
- Intel AVX-512 support added to GCC
- #ilovefs report 2014
- FSF Europe comments on UK proposal on document formats
- Show your love for Free Software
- Three things to do on The Day We Fight Back
- LibrePlanet featured resource: JS Developers Task Force
- GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 18 new GNU releases!
- GNU Toolchain Update
- Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
- Thank GNUs!
- Take action with the FSF!
The FSF is hiring: Seeking a Boston-area full-time Web Developer
From February 14th
The Free Software Foundation seeks an experienced and passionate Boston-based individual to be its full-time Web Developer.
Sign up for the FSF's next seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics
From February 18th
Registration is now open for the FSF's seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics, which is being held on Monday, March 24th, 2014, at Suffolk University Law School.
FSF joins forces with SFLC and OSI to fight software patents in U.S. Supreme Court
From February 28th
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) joined the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and the Open Source Initiative (OSI) in filing a brief amici curiae in software patent case Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank before the United States Supreme Court
One month until LibrePlanet! Schedule and t-shirt design announced!
From February 27th
It's only weeks until LibrePlanet, hosted by the Free Software Foundation and MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB), and more people are registering every day (you could be one of them!)
GNU MediaGoblin campaign for federation and privacy in 2014!
By Chris Webber, from February 26th
GNU MediaGoblin has partnered up again with the Free Software Foundation for a crowd funding campaign to add new features like podcast support, wrapping up federation support and releasing 1.0, adding new privacy features, and making MediaGoblin even easier to run and deploy!
We're so excited for 2014
From February 11th
Every winter, we launch a fundraiser to sustain our work for the coming year. This time, we set out to raise $450,000, our highest ever goal. And because so many of you chipped in, we were able to reach it.
Free software fighting back against bulk surveillance
From February 11th
FSF joined a team of more than thirty organizations to rally against bulk surveillance, in a global event called The Day We Fight Back. Despite their diverse issue areas, each of these organizations recognizes that bulk surveillance is a direct threat to the freedom and security of their supporters and their ability to do work.
Thank you for the software that makes our work possible
From February 14th
At the FSF, we not only spend every day promoting, protecting, and building free software -- we also use exclusively free software for everything we do. From our servers to our desktop systems and laptops, from our accounting to our Web and print publications, everything is done using software that is available for everyone to use, share, and modify.
LulzBot TAZ 3 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom
From February 7th
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the TAZ 3, the fifth model in the LulzBot line of 3D printers by Aleph Objects, Inc. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.
Watch and share this LibrePlanet video
From February 5th
One of LibrePlanet's major goals is inspiring people to make things and share them with their communities. So we knew 2013's conference was going well when an attendee volunteered to create a video for 2014, using only free software tools.
February 2014 - Espoo and Helsinki, Finland - At Altoo University and at Haaga-Helia's Happy Hacking Day
From February 28th
RMS was in Finland, to give his speech "A free digital society", at Aalto University's Design Factory, in Espoo, on February 10, 2014, and then was at Happy Hacking Day, an event organized by Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, to give his speech "Free software, defending your digital freedom."
April launches membership campaign entitled "giving priority to free software"
By April, from February 19th
The French free software organization April is launching a membership campaign to increase its operational capacity, to prioritize free software, and help build a freer, more egalitarian, and more caring society.
SHU lectures offer different perspectives on the Internet
From February 11th
FSF executive director John Sullivan joined Frank Warren of Postsecret in a lecture series to discuss collaboration and community on the Web at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
Intel AVX-512 support added to GCC
By GCC, from February 17th
This includes inline assembly support, new registers and extending existing ones, new intrinsics, and basic autovectorization.
#ilovefs report 2014
By FSF Europe, from February 21st
On February 14, 2014, people all around the world expressed their gratitude and appreciation for free software by participating in FSF Europe's #ilovefs campaign.
FSF Europe comments on UK proposal on document formats
By FSF Europe, from February 26th
FSF Europe has submitted comments in support of a proposal by the UK government to use only document formats based on free formats and standards.
Three things to do on The Day We Fight Back
BY FSF Europe, from February 11th
In honor of the global "The Day We Fight Back" event, FSF Europe offers three suggestions for small steps we can take to secure a democratic future for our societies.
Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
From February 27th
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, February 28 from 2pm to 5pm EST (19:00 to 22:00 UTC). Details here:
After this meeting, you can check https://www.fsf.org/events to see the rest of March's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.
LibrePlanet featured resource: JS developers task force
Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful -- often one that could use your help.
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 18 new GNU releases!
18 new GNU releases in the last month (as of February 25, 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 https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors (https://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 Matthew Tytel as the maintainer and author of his new GNU package cursynth, Yoni Rabkin as the new maintainer of emms (in addition to his longstanding work as a volunteer with the FSF licensing group), and Rik as a new co-maintainer of Octave. Thanks to all.
A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html. To submit new packages to the GNU operating system, see https://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 February 24th
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. This month features multiple improvements to GCC and GDB.
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 in March:
- Mar 26, 2014, Milan, Italy, "A free digital society"
- Mar 29, 2014, 10:30am, Palermo, Italy, "Free software and your freedom"
Other FSF and free software events
- Mar 22 to 23, 2014, 09:00 to 17:00, Cambridge, MA, "LibrePlanet 2014"
- Mar 24, 2014, 08:30 to 13:00, Boston, MA, "Seminar on GPL Enforcement and Legal Ethics"
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:
- Dmitriy Korolev
- Chris Plough
- Michael P. Wilson
You can add your name to this list by donating at https://donate.fsf.org.
Take action with the FSF
Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at https://www.fsf.org/join. 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! https://www.fsf.org/jf?referrer=2442
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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