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Free Software Supporter - Issue 80, November 2014

by libby Contributions Published on Dec 01, 2014 11:00 AM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 83,823 other activists. That's 555 more than last month!


  • The FSF is hiring: Seeking a full-time outreach and communication coordinator
  • Organize a Giving Guide Giveaway
  • Back in stock: a ThinkPenguin router that respects your freedom
  • Software Freedom Conservancy and Free Software Foundation announce
  • The sharks move in; lobbyists pushing forward on TPP agreements
  • GNU Press has restocked!
  • GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 videos posted online
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet Rapid Responders
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 21 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain Update
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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The FSF is hiring: Seeking a full-time outreach and communication coordinator

From November 25th

The Free Software Foundation seeks a motivated and organized tech-friendly Boston-based individual to be its full-time outreach and communication coordinator. This position, reporting to the executive director, works closely with our campaigns, licensing, and technical staff, as well as our board of directors, to edit, publish, and promote high-quality, effective materials both digital and printed.

Organize a Giving Guide Giveaway

From November 17th

In the flurry of holiday advertising that happens at the end of the year, many people are swept into buying freedom-denying and DRM-laden gifts that take more than they give. Each holiday season the FSF releases a Giving Guide to make it easy for you to choose tech gifts that respect your rights as a computer user and avoid those that don't. We'll be launching 2014's guide on Black Friday (November 28th), full of gifts that are fun and free, made by companies that share your values. Organize an event to help people choose electronics gifts that actually give more than they take.

Back in stock: a ThinkPenguin router that respects your freedom

From November 21st

This is the first home wifi router on the planet that you can go out and purchase that ships only with software that respects your freedom. In September, we awarded use of the Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification mark to the ThinkPenguin Wireless N-Broadband Router (TPE-NWIFIROUTER). But, within days of our press release, ThinkPenguin sold out of their inventory! However, today we are happy to announce that they have replenished their stocks (this time with a new case, but the same chipset and software).

Software Freedom Conservancy and Free Software Foundation announce

From November 7th

Software Freedom Conservancy and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announce an ongoing public project that began in early 2014: Copyleft and the GNU General Public License: A Comprehensive Tutorial and Guide, and the publication of that project in its new home on the Internet at This new site will not only provide a venue for those who constantly update and improve the Comprehensive Tutorial, but is also now home to a collaborative community to share and improve information about copyleft licenses, especially the GNU General Public License (GPL), and best compliance practices.

The sharks move in; lobbyists pushing forward on TPP agreements

From November 24th

The latest leaked draft of the TPP reveals that the countries involved in the negotiations are coming closer to acceptance of a whole host of problematic agreements. On October 16th, WikiLeaks released an updated draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Strategic Partnership Agreement chapter on copyright, patent and other proprietary interests. A previous draft had been released last year. If you aren't familiar with TPP, it is a multinational trade-agreement that is being developed through a series of secret negotiations that when enacted will have a vast effect on civil liberties, including the ability of users all around the world to enjoy software freedom.

GNU Press has restocked!

From November 6th

GNU Press has restocked popular gear including shirts, hoodies, beanies, and GNU emblem brass pins. We are also reintroducing the GPLv3 shirt in gray, and lowering the price of the GNU30 commemorative travel mug. We have also added 3XL sizes for some of our most popular designs!

GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 videos posted online

From November 4th

Presentation videos from GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 have now been posted online. The conference, which this year was held from July 18 - 20, 2014 in Cambridge, England at the University of Cambridge, featured nearly thirty presentations on tools in the GNU toolchain including GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection, and GDB, the GNU Project Debugger. Developers shared tutorials and insights in addition to discussing development plans for various projects within the GNU toolchain.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From December 1st

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, December 5 from 2pm to 5pm EST (19:00 to 22:00 UTC). Details here:

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

LibrePlanet featured resource: LibrePlanet Rapid Responders

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 Rapid Responders, a network of activists who aim to spread the free software philosophy in the press, blogs, forums, and social media. We invite you to join this group and help us respond immediately to articles, posts, and discussions related to free software.

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

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: 21 new GNU releases!

21 new GNU releases in the last month (as of November 25, 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 Roel Jansen as the author of the new GNU package InklingReader.

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 November 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.

This month, there were many new updates, especially to GCC.

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 this month:

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:

  • Allison Randal
  • Bryttanie House
  • William P McBee Jr
  • Horyou Foundation
  • Arci - Comitato di Torino in honor of Cyberia Torino

You can add your name to this list by donating at

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:

  • Glen De Cauwsemaecker (GCC)
  • Alfredo Muniz-Herrera (GNU Radio)
  • Felipe Lema (GCC)
  • Artur de Souza Lima Malabarba (GNU Emacs)
  • Krzesimir Nowak (GCC)
  • Emanuel Michael Evans (GNU Emacs)
  • Nikolas Nyby (GNU Emacs)

Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your copyright to the FSF.

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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