Free Software Supporter - Issue 92, December 2015
Unwrap our Ethical Tech Giving Guide! Are you giving your loved ones tech gifts they can use freely, or gifts which put someone else in control? Look through this year's Giving Guide! For other freedom-supporting gift ideas, visit the FSF shop!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- It's Fall, still, and the Bulletin is out!
- Unwrap our 2015 Ethical Tech Giving Guide
- Software Freedom Conservancy launches 2015 fundraiser
- Let's Encrypt: The FSF beta-tests a new Certificate Authority
- FSF to begin accepting GPG signatures for copyright assignments from Italy
- Recap from October 2015 at Kent State University
- DMCA exemptions process shows why anti-circumvention rules need to be repealed
- Time to act on TPP is now
- New article by RMS, "Applying the Free Software Criteria"
- John Sullivan, FSF Executive Director, on the future of free software
- Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
- The European Parliament calls on the European Union to migrate to free software
- Before DRM, there were Mesopotamian boundary stones
- FSFE submits comments on the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy
- In Memory of Telsa Gwynne
- LibrePlanet featured resource: Ogg-friendly sites
- GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: 26 new GNU releases!
- GNU Toolchain Update
- Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
- Thank GNUs!
- Take action with the FSF!
- GNU copyright contributions
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It's Fall, still, and the Bulletin is out!
From November 30th
As many of you are aware, twice a year we mail a new edition of the FSF Bulletin to our members and supporters via the good old United States Postal Service. Including articles by serveral of our staff, such as The time to fight back against TPP is now, Privacy, who needs it and Popular education, and movements... like free software.
Unwrap our 2015 Ethical Tech Giving Guide
From November 27th
Electronics are popular gifts for the holidays, but people often overlook the restrictions that manufacturers slip under the wrapping paper. From remote deletion of files to harsh rules about copying and sharing, some gifts take more than they give.
Software Freedom Conservancy launches 2015 fundraiser
From November 23rd
Software Freedom Conservancy announces a major fundraising effort. Pointing to the difficulty of relying on corporate funding while pursuing important but controversial issues, like GPL compliance, Conservancy has structured its fundraiser to increase individual support.
Let's Encrypt: The FSF beta-tests a new certificate authority
From November 25th
Let's Encrypt! We encrypt and are taking part in beta-testing a new program to make the process of getting X.509 certificates for Transport Layer Security encryption a trivial process, as well as cost-free. It's run by the Internet Security Research Group, whose board members include the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla.
FSF to begin accepting GPG signatures for copyright assignments from Italy
From November 30th
The FSF is pleased to announce that we can begin accepting GPG signatures for assignments from contributors residing in Italy.
Recap from October 2015 at Kent State University
From November 30th
RMS gave his speech, "A Free Digital Society," at Kent State University, in Kent, OH, on October 17th, to an audience of over 300 people.
DMCA exemptions process shows why anti-circumvention rules need to be repealed
From November 6th
The deck was always stacked against users in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's anti-circumvention exemptions process. The DMCA exemption process is broken beyond repair and the Library of Congress should have granted all exemptions.
Time to act on TPP is now
From November 9th
With accord reached on TPP, there is only a limited window left to stop it. We took action this past month, but find out ways to stay tuned and take further action as the window closes!
New article by RMS, "Applying the Free Software Criteria"
From November 9th
Richard Stallman shows us how to "apply the free software criteria to judge whether a software package, an operating system, a computer, or a web page is fit to recommend."
John Sullivan, FSF executive director, on the future of free software
From November 9th by Bruce Byfield
For the free software movement to succeed globally, it needs to resonate with people who don't specialize in technology and don't care to.
Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
From November 30th
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, December 4th from 2pm to 5pm EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC). Details here:
The European Parliament calls on the European Union to migrate to free software
From November 3rd by April
On October 29, 2015, the European Parliament adopted a report by Claude Moraes which condemned mass surveillance. This report calls on the European Union to migrate to free software, and to add free software as a mandatory selection criterion in IT public procurement.
From November 18th by Klint Finley
Before DRM, there were Mesopotamian boundary stones
From November 30th by Sarah Jeong
Thousands of years before the advent of digital restrictions management, the Mesopotamians were already practicing analog restrictions management, with a form of double liability that's parallel to DMCA section 1201.
FSFE submits comments on the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy
From November 4th by the FSFE
FSFE believes that free software is an essential prerequisite for the Digital Single Market and can provide the desired innovative potential that Europe needs in order to be successfully competitive in the global ICT market. Free software will help to achieve the majority of goals set by the Commission in order to achieve a truly digital single market.
In Memory of Telsa Gwynne
From November 6th by GNOME
The GNOME Foundation is proud to honor Telsa Gwynne for her contributions to the GNOME community.
LibrePlanet featured resource: Ogg-friendly sites
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 "Ogg Friendly Sites" page. We need to move the Ogg listing from http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/playogg/en/ to the LibrePlanet wiki, but before then we need to figure out a format to present the entries. Join in the discussion and share ideas on moving the info and keeping it up to date.
Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: 26 new GNU releases!
26 new GNU releases in the last month (as of November 24, 2015):
For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.
To download: nearly all GNU software is available from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors from https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html. You can use the url https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.
This month, we welcome back Nick Ralabate as the maintainer of GNU Solfege.
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.
If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.
As always, please feel free to write to us at email@example.com with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.
GNU Toolchain update
From November 23rd
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, which includes October and November, features GCC, Binutils, and GDB. The compiler and assembler now have support for new architectures
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:
- December 1, 2015 Chapingo, Mexico El Software Libre y Tu Libertad
- December 2, 2015 Mexico City, Mexico El Software Libre y Tu Libertad
- December 3, 2015 Mexico City, Mexico ¿Tenemos que soportar más vigilancia que en la Unión Sovietica?
- December 4, 2015 Cuatitlan, Mexico El movimiento del software libre
- December 10, 2015 Ciudad Mante, Mexico El movimiento del software libre
- December 11, 2015 Ciudad Madero, Mexico Por una sociedad digital libre
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:
- Stanley Zisk
- Colin Carr
- Alessandro Vesely
- Trevor Spiteri
- Antonio Carzaniga
- Matteo Frigo
- Norman Richards
- Tiago Vieira
- Rui Ueyama
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:
- Stefan Kamphausen (EMACS)
- Joakim Jalap (EMACS)
- Edward Hart (EMACS)
- Jan Malakhovski (EMACS)
- Santiago Saavedra Lopez (EMACS)
- Jarno Ilari Suni (GNU AWK)
- Stephen Henry Whipple (EMACS)
- Justin Talbott (EMACS)
- Chunyang Xu (EMACS)
- Mathieu Lirzin (JWHOIS)
- Shakthi Kannan (EMACS)
- Constantino Calancha Paredes (EMACS)
- Lambda Coder (EMACS)
- Lee Bochicchio (EMACS)
- Jasmin Jacqueline Jessich (GCC)
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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