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Free Software Supporter - Issue 106, February 2017

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jan 31, 2017 10:58 AM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 134,587 other activists. That's 6,159 more than last month!

Computing is changing -- so is the FSF's High Priority Projects List

From January 17th

In response to the changing computing landscape, and with extensive input from the free software community, the Free Software Foundation updated its High Priority Free Software Projects list with six new project areas that need your support.

FSF Job Opportunity: Senior GNU/Linux Systems Administrator

From January 31st

The full-time Senior GNU/Linux Systems Administrator position, reporting to the executive director and working closely with the president, is an opportunity to make key contributions to the organization that started the GNU Project, launched the free software movement, and authored the GNU General Public License. The position is part of a technical team including a counterpart Senior Systems Administrator, a Web Developer, and many volunteers, tasked with maintaining and improving the FSF's technology infrastructure. If you are interested in this position, apply today!


  • Sumana Harihareswara's keynote will close LibrePlanet 2017
  • The U.S. Copyright Office should end the broken DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions process
  • FSF Europe reports back on their experience at the 33rd Chaos Communication Congress (CCC)
  • Summary Report: Internet Governance Forum, 2016 December in Jalisco, Mexico
  • Free FPGA: Reimplement the primitives models
  • January Free Software Directory meeting recaps
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Lobbying your government
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty-two new GNU releases!
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Sumana Harihareswara's keynote will close LibrePlanet 2017

From January 27th

Sumana Harihareswara will be a keynote speaker at LibrePlanet, the annual free software conference, on Sunday, March 26th, 2017. Harihareswara is a veteran speaker, having delivered keynotes at Open Source Bridge, code4lib, and Wiki Conference USA. She has spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of topics, including PyCon and LibrePlanet, where, in 2016, she talked about the inessential weirdness in free software. Her stand-up comedy has been seen at AlterConf and science fiction conventions across America.

The U.S. Copyright Office should end the broken DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions process

From January 17th

The DMCA has some particularly nasty provisions, creating legal penalties for avoiding Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) or for sharing the tools to do the same. The law is a damaging blight on users' rights. It comes, however, with a process for exempting limited uses from its harm. But as we explained long ago, the process is completely broken. Join our Defective by Design mailing list to keep up to date on the latest in the fight against DRM.

FSF Europe reports back on their experience at the 33rd Chaos Communication Congress (CCC)

From January 27th by FSF Europe

CCC is Germany’s biggest annual meetup of hackers and political activists that share knowledge concerning the most burning issues on the Internet, like data retention and data leeches, hatespeech, whistleblowing and space travel.

Summary Report: Internet Governance Forum, 2016 December in Jalisco, Mexico

From January 7th by Software Freedom Law Centre of India

This is a report from the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which was held from the 6th to 9th of December, 2016 in Jalisco, Mexico, with the overall theme of “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”. The mandate for the IGF is contained in 2005′s Tunis Agenda of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and the first IGF was convened in Athens in 2006 by the United Nations Secretary General. It is meant primarily as a facilitating forum for dialogues amongst participants, to identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and where appropriate, make recommendations.

Free FPGA: Reimplement the primitives models

From March 18th 2016

Elphel added the AHCI SATA controller Verilog code to the rest of the camera Field-programmable gate array (FPGA) project. Together they now use 84% of the Zynq slices. Building the FPGA bitstream file requires proprietary tools, but all the simulation can be done with just free software. Please help us to free the FPGA devices for developers by re-implementing the modules under GNU GPLv3+ license. Take a look at the models we are looking for!

January Free Software Directory meeting recaps

Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished in the month of January Free Software Directory meetings. Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on to help improve the Free Software Directory.

December 30th meeting

January 6th meeting

January 13th meeting

January 20th meeting

January 27th meeting

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

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 3rd from 12pm to 3pm EDT (17:00 to 20:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Lobbying government

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 lobbying government, which is a resource on how to contact and share your opinions and ideas about policy. You are invited to adopt, spread and improve this resource for your country, region, city and local government.

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

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

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 Alex Naumov as a new co-maintainer of Screen, Graham Percival as a new co-maintainer of Lilypond, Arash Esbati as a new co-maintainer of AUCTeX, and Yijun Yu as a new co-maintainer of Bison.

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.

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:

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:

  • Andy Beverley
  • Philipp Weis
  • Adam Klotblixt
  • Robert Dionne

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:

  • Kiso Katsuyuki (Emacs)
  • Nickolas Tyler Lloyd (Emacs)
  • Vijeth Tumkur Aradhya (wget)
  • Boudewijn Roukema (Astro)

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 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 campaigns section ( and take action on software patents, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), free software adoption, OpenDocument, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and more.

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