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Free Software Supporter - Issue 87, July 2015

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jun 26, 2015 12:49 PM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 90,396 other activists. That's 1,397 more than last month!

Save the date: FSF30, our 30th anniversary celebration, Saturday, October 3

The Free Software Foundation celebrates 30 years this fall, with a party and other events in Boston and around the world! Mark your calendars and bookmark, where we'll share our celebratory plans -- and invite you to make your own.

The FSF is hiring: web developer, outreach & communications coordinator, deputy director

We are looking for a full-time, Boston-based web developer to hack on free software with us as we get ready for our 30th anniversary celebrations in October.

We'd also like to add a new Boston-based role on our leadership team. Help shape the FSF's next thirty years!

Our outreach and communications coordinator, Georgia Young, has taken on a new role within the campaigns team: program manager. We're looking for a detail-oriented, Boston-based free software enthusiast to fill her shoes.


  • May 2015: RMS in Brest, Athens, Heraklion, and Chania
  • The many-headed monster of international trade agreements: TPP, TTIP, TISA, and CETA
  • Introducing Adam Leibson: summer campaigns intern
  • Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer added to license list
  • One year of encryption with the Email Self-Defense guide
  • MediaGoblin 0.8.0: A gallery of fine creatures
  • Introducing Stephen Mahood, system administrator
  • Meet the DRM drones: help us shame these anti-freedom lobbyists
  • Recommendations from the National Council on Digital Technology should be ratified in the digital bill
  • Free software perspectives on the EU Parliament's adoption of the Reda Report
  • French state IT looks to take example from free software
  • TiSA: the trade agreement that would prohibit free software mandates
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Incomplete pages
  • Two GCC releases in June
  • 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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May 2015: RMS in Brest, Athens, Heraklion, and Chania

From June 29th

In May 2015, RMS traveled to and spoke at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France and to Greece, where he spoke at Commons Fest in Athens, at the Natural History Museum of Crete, in Heraklion, and at the Technical University of Crete, in Chania. Here are some photos from his travels.

The many-headed monster of international trade agreements: TPP, TTIP, TISA, and CETA

From June 23rd

While the threat of TPP draws ever closer, there are other trade agreements on the horizon that will prove equally malicious to user freedom. You can still make a difference by fighting back.

Introducing Adam Leibson: summer campaigns intern

From June 22nd

Hello free software supporters, my name is Adam Tobias Leibson. I've been an avid GNU/Linux user since my first year of high school. Around that time, I read Cory Doctorow's book Little Brother. That book challenged me to think more deeply about the effects of mass surveillance on society, and brought about my interests in privacy and cryptography.

Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer added to license list

From June 8th

We recently updated our list of various licenses and comments about them to include the Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer(HPND). The HPND is a simple permissive license, compatible with all versions of the GPL.

One year of encryption with the Email Self-Defense guide

From June 5th

Two years ago, Edward Snowden tipped the first domino in a chain that led to a historic international conversation about the role of surveillance in modern life. One year ago, we launched Email Self-Defense, an infographic and guide to encrypting your email with free software to protect your privacy and resist bulk surveillance. Since then, Email Self-Defense has been translated into ten languages. If you've been putting off setting up encryption, or know someone who might like your help setting it up, this anniversary is a great occasion to do it!

MediaGoblin 0.8.0: A Gallery of Fine Creatures

From June 4th

We’re excited to announce that MediaGoblin 0.8.0, “A Gallery of Fine Creatures”, has been released! The biggest news is that the client to server API (making use of the future federation API) is much improved! That means that users no longer have to depend on a browser to access MediaGoblin. You can access and post to your MediaGoblin instance via any of several compatible clients, like Pumpa and Dianara (or write your own using PyPump)!

Introducing Stephen Mahood, system administrator

From June 3rd

System administrator Stephen Mahood (marxistvegan on IRC) talks about how he got interested in free software and what he was doing before he joined the staff of the Free Software Foundation.

Meet the DRM drones: help us shame these anti-freedom lobbyists

From June 2nd

These DRM offenders tried to squelch anti-circumvention exemptions; let them know that DRM is always wrong.

Recommendations from the National Council on Digital Technology should be ratified in the digital bill

From April, June 26th

On June 18th, 2015, the French government revealed its digital strategy. On this occasion, the Conseil National du Numérique (National Digital Council) also submitted its report "Digital Ambition". The latter presents, among its proposals, the recommendation of giving priority to free software in public procurement, a priority that April encourages the government to write into the future bill.

Free software perspectives on the EU Parliament's adoption of the Reda Report

In June, the European Union Parliament's legal affairs committee adopted a copyright reform proposal put forth by Parliament member Julia Reda, of the German Pirate Party. The report's recommendations included making copyright exceptions (similar to "fair use" in the U.S.) uniform across all EU member states, shortening the term of copyright, and several measures that resist digital restrictions management -- but some of these recommendations were struck, including the call for EU-wide copyright exceptions. Here, we share the perspectives of April and FSFE.

From April, June 16th

From FSFE, June 16th

French state IT looks to take example from free software

By April, June 3rd

Jacques Marzin, Director of DISIC (the French interministerial directorate for information systems and communication), wishes to strengthen and extend the public services' strategy with respect to free software. April welcomes this and encourages the government to give DISIC the means necessary to implement this strategy.

TiSA: the trade agreement that would prohibit free software mandates

By April, June 3rd

On May 27, 2015 a a new leak of TiSA (Trade in Services Agreement) was published. TiSA is an international agreement currently negotiated behind closed doors by 50 countries, including the EU and the US. In this version, an article explicitly prevents a country to give priority to free software. April denounces this text and asks European governments to reject those dangerous and opaque negotiations.

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

From June 24th

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, July 10th from 2pm to 5pm EDT (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: Incomplete pages

Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful -- and this month, it's one that could use your help.

For July, we are highlighting Incomplete_pages, which collects all incomplete pages on LibrePlanet. At the moment, there are many region-specific user group pages that contain no information. You are invited to help improve this important resource.

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

Two GCC releases in June

The GNU Project and the GCC developers have released GCC 4.8.5 and GCC 4.9.3. These releases are both bug-fix releases, containing fixes for regressions in GCC 4.8.4 and 4.9.2, respectively, relative to previous releases of GCC.

From June 26th

From June 23rd

GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: 26 new GNU releases!

26 new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 24, 2015):

For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list:

To download: nearly all GNU software is available from, or preferably one of its mirrors from You can use the url to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month, we welcome Thien-Thi Nguyen as the new maintainer of GNU Superopt.

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

If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see

As always, please feel free to write to us at with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

GNU Toolchain update

From June 22nd

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:

  • Justin Baugh
  • Cătălin Frâncu
  • David Hampton
  • Preston Maness
  • David Morris
  • Shawn the R0ck
  • Hayley Violett

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:

  • Alain Schneble (Emacs)
  • Erik Krisztian Varga (GCC)
  • Rupert Swarbrick (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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