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Free Software Supporter Issue 102, October 2016

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Sep 23, 2016 02:47 PM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 119,299 other activists. That's 3,023 more than last month!

We are hiring!

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Copyright and Licensing Associate

LibrePlanet returns March 25-26, 2017, call for proposals for annual free software conference now open

From September 27th

We are proud to announce the dates for the LibrePlanet free software conference, which will be held March 25-26, 2017, in the Boston area. The call for sessions is now open, and registration, volunteer applications, and exhibitor applications will open in October.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Licensing resource series: Free GNU/Linux distributions & GNU Bucks
  • Calling all free software supporters: It's time to renew our shop inventory!
  • The World Wide Web Consortium is being followed by protests
  • Happy Software Freedom Day! A few words from RMS
  • FSF stresses necessity of full user control over Internet-connected devices
  • August and September 2016: Photos from Pittsburgh and Fresno
  • Announcing the FSF is part of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) Advisory Board
  • Microsoft aren't forcing Lenovo to block free operating systems
  • GNOME 3.22 released: The future is now
  • GnuPG this past summer
  • Julia Reda, Member of the European Union Parliament (MEP): "Proprietary software threatens democracy"
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gives its blessing to racketware, in disregard of European consumers' rights
  • September Free Software Directory meeting recaps
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: FSF Shop suggestions
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty-two new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
  • Other FSF and free software events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Licensing resource series: Free GNU/Linux distributions & GNU Bucks

From September 29th

Our GNU Bucks program is a fun bounty program for finding licensing issues in endorsed distros. Helpful users and volunteers can file bugs with the distro if they happen to find some potentially non-free software. At the same time, they can email the FSF at report-nonfree@fsf.org. Once the maintainer of the distro verifies the issue, the reporter can receive a GNU Buck, signed by Richard Stallman.

Calling all free software supporters: It's time to renew our shop inventory!

From September 22nd

In advance of the fall fund-raiser and winter holidays, we want to make sure we have the snazziest possible selection of useful and stylish apparel, books, and other items. Share your ideas by the end of friday October 7th!

The World Wide Web Consortium is being followed by protests

From September 15th

Activists took action against the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in Lisbon, Portugal. They made the same demand from the last major W3C meeting in March: stop streaming companies from inserting Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into the HTML standard on which the Web is based.

Happy Software Freedom Day! A few words from RMS

From September 16th

Richard Stallman, founder of the FSF, has created a brief, informative video about why software freedom is important to all. Check it out, and share the video by posting about it on your blog, or microblog about the video with the hashtag #SFD.

FSF stresses necessity of full user control over Internet-connected devices

From September 9th

To ensure that users do not end up in a situation where they are left choosing between security and convenience, or left with no ability whatsoever to use the devices they bought, it is vital that these devices be ultimately under the control of the user. The user should be able to replace the software on the device in order to fix security vulnerabilities. The user should be able to modify the software on the device such that it communicates with a different remote service that provides strong security guarantees. The user should not be left with no option other than to discard the device and replace it with a new version.

This was submitted in response to the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity request for information about current and future states of cybersecurity in the digital economy.

August and September 2016: Photos from Pittsburgh and Fresno

From September 30th

RMS photos from his trips in Fresno, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Amsterdam, and Oakdale.

Announcing the FSF is part of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) Advisory Board

From September 26th by Thomas Pfeiffer

KDE has an important part to play in achieving our FSF mission, because of their excellent work creating a free and user-friendly application environment. KDE's free, powerful, and exceptionally usable software both demonstrates that a future world of everyday computer users using entirely free software is entirely possible, and helps us get there. We're looking forward to closer collaboration and are honored to be part of the advisory board.

Microsoft aren't forcing Lenovo to block free operating systems

From September 21st by Matthew Garrett

There's a story going around that Lenovo have signed an agreement with Microsoft that prevents installing free operating systems. This is sensationalist, untrue and distracts from a genuine problem. The real problem here is that Intel do very little to ensure that free operating systems work well on their consumer hardware – we still have no information from Intel on how to configure systems to ensure good power management, we have no support for storage devices in "RAID" mode and we have no indication that this is going to get better in future. If Intel had provided that support, this issue would never have occurred. Rather than be angry at Lenovo, let's put pressure on Intel to provide support for their hardware.

GNOME 3.22 released: The future is now

From September 21st by GNOME Foundation

The new release introduces major new features as well as many smaller enhancements and fixes. Announcing the release, Matthias Clasen said: “This six-month effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world: developers, designers, documentation writers, usability and accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, students, system administrators, companies, artists, testers and last, not least, users. GNOME would not exist without all of you. Thank you to everyone!”

GnuPG this past summer

From September 22nd by Neal

A recap of all the work by many various people in the community, with some details on debates and discussions raised over the summer. Check out the details about the release updates and public appearances.

Julia Reda, Member of the European Union Parliament (MEP): "Proprietary software threatens democracy"

From September 7th by FSF Europe

Ms. Reda, MEP for the Pirate Party, explained how proprietary software, software that forbids users from studying and modifying it, has often left regulators in the dark, becoming a liability for, and often a threat to, the well-being and health of citizens.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gives its blessing to racketware, in disregard of European consumers' rights

From September 15th by April

In its judgment, the CJEU holds that forced bundled selling of computers and software does not in itself constitute an unfair commercial practice and leaves it up to national jurisdictions to settle disputes on a case-by-case basis. According to the judgment, the French, Belgian, and Czech governments, as well as the European Commission, submitted their observations on the case. For reasons of transparency, April calls for these observations to be made publicly available.

September Free Software Directory meeting recaps

Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at the September Free Software Directory meetings. Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.freenode.org to help improve the Free Software Directory.

September 2nd meeting

September 9th meeting

September 16th meeting

September 23rd meeting

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, October 7th from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: FSF Shop suggestions

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 FSF Shop suggestions, and it's time to renew our shop inventory! You are invited to brainstorm, create and improve the items in our shop.

Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at campaigns@fsf.org.

GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty-two new GNU releases!

Twenty-two new GNU releases in the last month (as of September 26, 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.

This month, we welcome Boris Bobrov as the new GNU MediaGoblin co-maintainer.

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 maintainers@gnu.org 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:

Other FSF and free software events

Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, and 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:

  • Adam Van Ymeren
  • Luiz Paternostro
  • Peter Rock

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:

  • CoreOS, Inc. (GRUB)
  • Scylla DB Ltd. (binutils) (glibc) (GDB)
  • Nikolay Kudryavtsev (emacs)
  • Erik Martin-Dorel (emacs)
  • Thomas Martitz (Automake)

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

https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#dev

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 campaigns section (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and more.

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