Free Software Supporter - Issue 94, February 2016
We exceeded our winter fundraiser goal of $450,000! Thank you to everyone for your support!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What is your free software story?
- New tools for teaching and learning Email Self-Defense
- Support the FSF for thirty more years
- Hardware we certified in 2015 to Respect Your Freedom
- What's your vision for the FSF?
- Laying a foundation for growing Outreachy
- The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Guillaume Roguez, Ring Project Director
- From TPP to saving WiFi, the FSF fights for you
- Reaching people through Giving Guide Giveaways
- Key charities that advance software freedom are worthy of your urgent support
- Picture montage from RMS' talk at Stockholm University
- The problem with self-driving cars: who controls the code?
- The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz
- MEPs vote for more free software in public sector
- Free Basics investigation
- GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 call for participation is now open
- Digital freedom depends on the right to tinker
- Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
- LibrePlanet featured resource: Libre Browsers Libre Formats
- GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Sixteen new GNU releases!
- Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
- Thank GNUs!
- GNU copyright contributions
- Take action with the FSF!
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What is your free software story?
From January 19th
Story connects us to what we do. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, some involving developing free software, some not, but all connecting to the philosophy. Watch the stories of how folks got involved in free software.
New tools for teaching and learning Email Self-Defense
From January 22nd
We're excited to be launching version four of our Email Self-Defense guide to free software-powered encryption. We think that this guide is the best on the Web for helping newcomers take their first steps into encryption, and we're excited for all the improvements in this version.
Support the FSF for thirty more years
From January 30th by Henry Poole
Publicly declaring a goal for a free operating system was visionary in 1984. We have quite a bit to celebrate -- this vision has manifested. We could retire fulfilled. But, as we imagine into the future, it is clear that operating systems are becoming embedded in everything.
Hardware we certified in 2015 to Respect Your Freedom
From January 6th
The world of computer hardware products is in many respects a dark and dismal place when it comes to computer user freedom: graphics processors, network controllers, and even the low-level boot systems of most computers use proprietary software. However, we know that this situation is not due to a lack of demand from users for hardware that respects them. People want this, but in the absence of options, have just resigned themselves to accepting mistreatment.
What's your vision for the FSF?
From January 8th
2015 was the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) thirtieth year defending and advancing computer users' rights. The free software community has sustained the Foundation throughout these decades and been deeply involved in our work. The survey closed on February 1st.
Laying a foundation for growing Outreachy
From December 31st by Marina Zhurakhinskaya
2015 was a year of transition and expansion for Outreachy, which was only possible with the fiscal and legal support Conservancy provided us. Becoming a Conservancy Supporter will ensure the future in which more free software success stories like Outreachy's are possible.
The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Guillaume Roguez, Ring Project Director
From January 7th
This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their works. In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with Guillaume Roguez, the Project Director of Ring.
From TPP to saving WiFi, the FSF fights for you
From January 13th
Protecting and promoting free software often requires making your voice heard by those with the power to legislate freedom away. In 2015, the FSF organized with activists and organizations from around the world to petition governments on a wide variety of issues affecting computer users.
Reaching people through Giving Guide Giveaways
From January 15th
In December, the FSF and community members carried out our yearly holiday season tradition of Giving Guide Giveaways.
Key charities that advance software freedom are worthy of your urgent support
From January 26th by Bradley Kuhn
In this blog post, Bradley discusses his years of work for both the FSF and Software Freedom Conservancy and explains why your donations, before the January 31st fundraising deadlines for both charities, are essential and urgent. He asks you today to become both a a Supporter of Conservancy and an Associate Member of the FSF.
Picture montage from RMS' talk at Stockholm University
From January 29th
On January 25th, 2016, RMS was back at Stockholm University's Aula Magna, where he had already spoken back in 2011,1 to give his speech “A Free Digital Society,” to an audience of over 800 people.
The problem with self-driving cars: who controls the code?
From December 23rd by Cory Doctorow
Should autonomous vehicles be programmed to choose who they kill when they crash? And who gets access to the code that determines those decisions?
The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz
From January 3rd by Benjamin Mako Hill
The New Press has published a new collection of Aaron Swartz’s writing called The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz. I worked with Seth Schoen to introduce and help edit the opening section of book that includes Aaron’s writings on free culture, access to information and knowledge, and copyright. Seth and I have put our introduction online under an appropriately free license (CC BY-SA).
MEPs vote for more free software in public sector
From January 28th by FSFE
The Parliament took an affirmative attitude and a bolder stance towards the increased use of free software and its importance to digital single market.
Free Basics investigation
From January 20th by SFLC India
We decided to check out Free Basics in action. So we got hold of a Reliance SIM card and a dying smart phone to take the free ride.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 call for participation is now open
From January 22nd by GNOME
The GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 team invites proposals for presentations at the conference. GNOME.Asia Summit is GNOME Asia’s user and developer conference, with the goal of spreading GNOME across Asia and encouraging contributions.
Digital freedom depends on the right to tinker
From January 20th by Kit Walsh
One of the most crucial issues in the fight for digital freedom is the question of who will control the hardware that you have in your home, in your pocket, or in your own body.
Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
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, February 5th from 12pm to 3pm EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC). Details here:
LibrePlanet featured resource: Libre Browsers Libre Formats
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 Libre Browsers Libre Formats, which provides information about which browsers support free formats and how. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Sixteen new GNU releases!
16 new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 24, 2016):
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.
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.
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:
- February 1st, 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM, Fribourg, Switzerland "The free software movement"
- February 5th, 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM, Bern, Switzerland "A free digital society"
- February 8th, 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM, Zurich, Switzerland "Free software and your freedom"
- February 10th, TBA, Sirre, Switzerland "Une société numérique libre"
- February 20th, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM, Barcelona, Spain "El software libre en la ética y en la práctica"
- February 26th, TBA, Pilani, India "Speaking at APOGEE 2016"
- February 28th, TBA, Delhi, India "Free software and your freedom"
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. A glitch prevented a few people from being thanked in the last month's supporter, so we have included them this month.
This month, a big Thank GNU to:
- Adam Klotblixt
- Christian Sperr
- Matthias Herrmann
- Jeff Crane
- Johan Nestaas
- Alan Beadle
- Lyle Frost
- Alison Chaiken
- Sabahattin Gucukoglu
- Jean-Francois Blavier
- Nicholas Grandy
- Martin Jansche
- Julian Graham
- kurt Bruno Friedrich Jungbluth
- Eric Cooper
- Philipp Weis
- Inouye Satoru
- René Genz
- Tobias Platen
- Maximilian Machedon
- David Moews
- James Fitzgerald
- Richard Shao
- Daniel Gillmor
- Detlef Girke
- Robert Dionne
- Luiz Paternostro
- Iñaki Arenaza
- Martynas Andrisiunas
- Dennis Clarke
- Luis Rodriguez
- Warren Knight
- Paul Allen
- Ben Pfaff
- Philippe Ombredanne
- Felipe Tonello
- Mark Nagel
- Dave Crossland
- Hemant Patel
- Daniel Riek
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:
- Arash Esbati (emacs)
- Romian Geissler (binutils)
- Nazim Djafar (jwhois)
- Federico "Larroca" La Rocca (GNU Radio)
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 https://my.fsf.org/join. 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! https://my.fsf.org/join
The FSF is also always looking for volunteers (https://www.fsf.org/volunteer). 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 (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA, and more.
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