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Free Software Supporter - Issue 76, July 2014

by wtheaker Contributions Published on Jul 31, 2014 05:18 PM
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  • FSF congratulates UK Government on choosing Open Document Format
  • Interview with
  • Introducing Tyler Livingston, a summer Licensing Team intern
  • Tell the FCC: Net Neutrality is crucial to free software
  • Seattle free software event this fall: Call for Participation now open
  • Welcome Jessica Tallon, GNU MediaGoblin’s second full-time hire
  • European Commission distorts market by refusing to break free from lock-in
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Community toolkit
  • 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!

FSF congratulates UK Government on choosing Open Document Format

From July 29th

If you live in the UK, you'll soon be able to fill out government paperwork with your freedoms intact. The British government announced last week that Open Document Format (ODF), HTML, and PDF will be the official file formats used by all government agencies.

Interview with

From July 21st

In the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works, we conducted an email-based interview with David Lohle from the Tox project, an all-in-one communication platform and protocol that ensures users full privacy and secure message delivery.

Introducing Tyler Livingston, a summer Licensing Team intern

From July 21st

Tyler Livingston is one of the Licensing Team's summer interns. In this post he discusses the importance of free software and his personal interests.

Tell the FCC: Net Neutrality is crucial to free software

From July 14th

Net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally, is crucial for free software's continued growth and success. The FCC has asked members of the public, along with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, to tell it why Internet Service Providers should be banned from traffic discrimination.

Seattle free software event this fall: Call for Participation now open

From July 1st

The Seattle GNU/Linux Conference (SeaGL), a free software conference taking place on October 24 and 25, has just announced Karen Sandler, executive director of Software Freedom Conservancy, as a keynote speaker and opened its Call for Participation.

Welcome Jessica Tallon, GNU MediaGoblin’s second full-time hire

By Deb Nicholson and Chris Webber, from July 28th

Jessica Tallon, who originally joined GNU MediaGoblin last year as part of the Outreach Program for Women, has recently been working on federation support in the project.

European Commission distorts market by refusing to break free from lock-in

By FSF Europe, from July 8th

The European Commission has recently renewed its commitment to a proprietary desktop and secret file formats. The Commission is refusing to get serious about breaking free from vendor lock-in, and is ignoring all available alternatives. In doing so, the EU's civil service fails to practice what it preaches.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From July 30th

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. Meetings take place in the #fsf channel on, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Everyone's welcome.

The next meeting is Friday, August 1 from 2pm to 5pm EDT (18:00 to 21:00 UTC). Details here:

After this meeting, you can check to see the rest of August's weekly meetings as they are scheduled.

LibrePlanet featured resource: Community toolkit

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 our Community toolkit, which collects information about software that can be used by nonprofits, community groups, and individuals to advance the cause 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: 18 new GNU releases!

18 new GNU releases in the last month (as of July 26, 2014):

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.

This month, we welcome Mose Giordano as a new co-maintainer of AUC-TeX, James Cloos as a new co-maintainer of a2ps (following his work on GNU enscript and trueprint), and Assaf Gordon as the author and maintainer of the new package datamash. Thanks to all.

Also, please consider attending the GNU Hackers' Meeting, in Munich this year, August 15-17; attendance is gratis, but pre-registration is essential (and needs to be done immediately).

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.

GNU Toolchain update

From July 14th

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 updates to binutils and GCC, including a new test coverage program called gcov-tool.

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 July:

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:

  • Norman Richards
  • Michael Henderson
  • Zachary Tatum

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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