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Free Software Supporter - Issue 82, February 2015

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jan 30, 2015 04:07 PM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 85,797 other activists. That's 1,974 more than in November!

Our fundraiser ends today: Help us meet our goal and support free software!

Today is your last chance to make a donation during our fundraiser: if everyone reading the Supporter were to give another $2, we could meet our goal of $525,000. If everyone gave $5, we'd blow it away. As of the time of writing, we've raised over $375,000. Your donation will help us meet our goal. Donate, or read more about our 30th anniversary.

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  • Happy GNU year 2015!
  • Free Software Everywhere in the LibrePlanet 2015 program
  • These pictures are worth 1,024 words
  • From the Executive Director: A small update to our "User Liberation" video
  • Help the User Lib video go global
  • The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Aaron Wolf of
  • Help us shut down DRM in 2015
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: User Liberation Video Translation
  • GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: seventeen 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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Happy GNU year 2015!

From January 1st

A happy GNU year to everyone, from FSF member and GNU MediaGoblin developer Chris Webber.

Free Software Everywhere in the LibrePlanet 2015 program

From January 16th

At LibrePlanet 2015: Free Software Everywhere, March 21-22, 2015 at MIT in Cambridge, MA, the program showcases how free software is used around the world, from "Engaging Nepali kids with free software" to "Implementing electronic medical record systems in rural Haiti​." We're also taking a close look at how international treaties will affect free software users, with sessions from April -- a French free software activist organization -- and Electronic Frontier Foundation.

These pictures are worth 1,024 words

From January 13th

We have launched a new way to express the importance of free software and GNU -- shareable badges. These beautiful badges come in four different styles, each with three color schemes to pick from. They're perfect for sharing on social media or embedding on your Web site or blog, and we've provided embed code that links back to pages that will help new people get acquainted with free software.

From the Executive Director: A small update to our "User Liberation" video

From January 2nd

This is the first post in a new blog area here on, featuring posts from the executive director. It will focus primarily on the meta-details of FSF's work, and may be of greatest interest to those who crave more nonprofit administration geekery. It will also have posts like this one, offering some background thoughts around our theories of social change and messaging.

Help the User Lib video go global

From January 9th

We want you to be able share our new video, User Lib, with your friends, family and colleagues no matter what language they speak. We have released an English transcript and a French translation of User Lib, submitted by our friends at La Quadrature, as well as Spanish and Russian translations, with more to come! You can view these translations as text files, or download and view them as subtitles using a video player like VLC or mplayer. Some browsers will also allow you to view them as subtitles when you stream the video.

Interview with Aaron Wolf of

From December 29th

In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with Aaron Wolf, co-founder of, a web platform coordinating patronage specifically for freely-licensed works. Aaron Wolf is a music teacher by trade who got involved in the free software movement in 2012 building on his earlier interest in free culture and cooperative economics.

Help us shut down DRM in 2015

From December 22nd

FSF campaigns manager Zak Rogoff writes, "I'm writing this with chilly fingers, having just come in from handing out our DRM-Free Giving Guide on the sidewalks around Cambridge, MA's central shopping district with some other activists. A few of the passersby were savvy about the issues of digital freedom and privacy, but for most, it was the first time they'd heard of ethical technology. Interacting with both types of people was meaningful -- sometimes hilarious as in the case of the man that said 'I'm already ethical enough' -- and it reminded me why the Defective by Design campaign is so important: though DRM touches the lives of almost everyone we know, a disappointing few even know what it is."

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From January 28th

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, February 6 from 2pm to 5pm EDT (19:00 to 22:00 UTC). Read recaps of previous Directory meetings, as well as announcements for upcoming meetings here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: User Liberation Video Translation

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 User Liberation Video Translation, a collaborative space for creating subtitles for our recently released User Liberation video in your language. You are invited to join this group to help spread the video across the world.

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

GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry: seventeen new GNU releases!

17 new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 23, 2015):

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 Nic Ferrier as the maintainer of the new package html-info, and Nala Ginrut as the maintainer of the new package artanis, joining his other package xmlat.

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 January 19th

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

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:

  • Wade Brainerd
  • Matthew & Lori-Anne Neiger
  • Agaric
  • David Moews
  • Opus Qua Foundation
  • Stefan Gustavson
  • De Bontridder Dany
  • Bruno Dantas
  • Kenyon Cotton
  • René Genz
  • Inouye Satoru
  • Bibliotek-Systemer AS
  • Distributed Computing Partners LLP
  • Infinite Code
  • Bytemark
  • Markley Group
  • TowardEX

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:

  • Luca Pizzamiglio (gdb binutils)
  • Hugh Brown (emacs)
  • John Battista Mastro, Jr. (emacs)
  • Zhongwei Yao (emacs tramp)
  • Przemyslaw Wojnowski (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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